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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 28 Jul
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, July 28, 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 29 Jul
Jones Beach Learn-to-Swim
Friday, July 29, 2016
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The Learn-to-Swim program will be a 6-week session. Each class is 45 minutes long (Adult lessons are 60 minutes) and meets once a week for six weeks, July 8th through August 12th.

Register Online

Meet at West Bathhouse Pool

8-8:45AM Level 3 Level 2
9-9:45AM Level 2 Level 1
10-10:45AM Level 1, Preschool Level 1
11-11:45AM Parent & Child

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Jul
Water Olympics
Friday, July 29, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

It's hot outside, and what better way to stay cool than playing with water. Using a variety of fun experiments, we will explore the properties of water.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jul
Nature Investigators
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Calling all detectives! The Piping Plover eggs have gone missing! We have a few suspects and clues, but we need your help! Join us to solve The Case of the Missing Plover Eggs.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 31 Jul
Mid-Tide Splash
Sunday, July 31, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 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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