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Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center

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Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Jones Beach State Park
P.O. Box 1000
Wantagh, NY 11793
Latitude 40.588112
Longitude -73.546341

The Nature Center is on a barrier island beach within Jones Beach State Park. An exhibit area depicts a variety of marine habitats including the South Shore Estuary Reserve, the seashore and the dune environment. There are lots of fun things for kids to do. Inside the center, children can feel live marine animals, look through a children's microscope or play in the kid's activity area. Outside the center, children can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove, walk through the butterfly garden or view a shipwreck.

An environmental boardwalk takes you out into the dune environment to see plants and animals that live there. Interpretive programs are available for schools, youth organizations, clubs and the general public.

The following activities are accessible to persons with disabilities: Group Tours - Reservations Required, Guided Tours, Interpretive Signs and Educational Services

Summer Nature Programs

Summer Nature Program Descriptions

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • 1/1 - 5/23 Sat, Sun, Hol: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    5/29 – 9/6 Wed-Sun, Hol.: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM -- Closed Monday and Tuesday (except for special permit request)
    9/7 - 12/31 Sat, Sun, Hol.: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM + by special permit only during week.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fee
  • Program Fee: $4/person
    School Group: $6/person

  • Birthday Parties
  • Parties up to 16 people: $200
    Each additional person: $15.00
Thu 25 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 25, 2016 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

On Thursday evenings in July and August, New York State Parks and the local astronomy group, Amateur Observers Society, will be hosting an evening of stargazing fun. Bring your telescope or look through ours. Join us to explore the diamonds in the sky.

Fees: $4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Fri 26 Aug
Theodore Roosevelt Lecture
Friday, August 26, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Theodore Roosevelt's passion for the natural world began in childhood and only grew as he took up a strenuous life. Celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and explore with Ranger Clayton Hanson the connections between Roosevelt's conservation writings and protected lands nearby and around the country.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Aug
Baywalk
Sunday, August 28, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Let's take a walk to the beach and see what the bay left behind. On our walk we will learn about plants and animals that call this island their home.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Wed 31 Aug
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Held on Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Fees: $4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Sep
Mid-Tide Splash
Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Get ready to get wet! We are taking you down to the bay to seine, collect, and identify animals that live in the bay. Make sure you wear shoes and clothes that are good for water.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required

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