Volunteering at Wardenclyffe
(Note, information from 2014; update in progress.)
Welcome! Please join us as we continue turning the grounds around Tesla’s former laboratory into a real campus.
General weather information
“A stitch in time saves nine”. The safety of our volunteers is very important to us, particularly when inclement weather is forecast.
Please check your local weather services for updates and how to prepare. Check the current situation in Shoreham with a 5-hour satellite/radar animation. (During the active storm season, storm paths are available at the NOAA Hurricane Center.)
General information on the Tesla site
This page is still in progress. However, volunteers should know the following:
Nikola Tesla’s former Wardenclyffe property is still an industrial reconstruction site and poses various hazards. We therefore limit access to the buildings in particular, and to the site in general. (For example, there are currently no visiting hours, but we are happy to host small groups of visitors at the end of regular work sessions.) Because we still lack restroom facilities or proper access to water, we limit the work sessions to three hours.
IMPORTANT: We ask that all volunteers (and visitors) sign a waiver of liability before performing any work. Please print out the copy for volunteers, fill it out ahead of time, and bring it with you.
Safety first! Please wear appropriate work clothes, sturdy shoes, and gloves. We provide reflective vests, and we have goggles available. As the season progresses, please protect against deer ticks and poison ivy.
Please enter through the main entrance on Randall Road in Shoreham, NY, north of NY Rt. 25A (GPS: 40.948358,-72.901001); parking is available. Sign in when you enter and please sign out before you leave.
More information about the site status
The former owner, the Agfa Corporation, USA, had cleaned up contamination left behind from decades of industrial activities. That process was supervised by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
In May 2013, immediately after TSC@W purchased the site, we began securing the site and its buildings, in order to stop the ongoing vandalism within the buildings and to safeguard the historic elements on the property. Because the inside of the buildings is in an unhealthy state (mold, etc.) and requires careful assessment, we have focused the initial cleanup efforts on the grounds outside the buildings. With the new Tesla statue and monument and the significant beautification near the historic tower base and laboratory building, the site of the future Tesla Science Center has already become an attractive landmark in Shoreham. For their efforts, the volunteers were named People of the Year 2013.
Thank you for your interest and support. Please come back soon to find information about travel, transportation, and sightseeing opportunities in the area.
The Board of Directors
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe