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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

Spring Nature Programs

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
Fri 06 May
Friday, May 6, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join the Amateur Observers Society this Spring as we observe the stars and constellations.

Bring your telescopes or binoculars, and we'll uncover more about these diamonds in the


Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 679-7205

Come join us at Jones Beach State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.

Project 1: Shore line clean up
Project 2: Install snow fence/Moby mats

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Hank Leggio for more information:

Registration: Required
Tue 10 May
Horseshoe Crab Walk
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts.  Children ages 3 -5. Two sessions will be held: 10:30-11:30 and 1:30-2:30

Registration: Required
Fri 13 May
Horseshoe Crab Evening Walk
Friday, May 13, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Come take a sunset stroll along the bay as we search for a prehistoric-looking

visitor to our beaches: the horseshoe crab. We will observe these unique creatures as they

come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Water shoes required! 

Registration: Required
Sat 14 May
Bird Migration
Saturday, May 14, 2016 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

It's that time of the year again! Birds are migrating along our shores, heading back from

their wintering grounds. Let's hope for a good wind and take a walk around the West End

of Jones Beach to see how many different species we can spot.

Registration: Required

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