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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

Fall Nature Programs

Fall 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
Sun 11 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 11, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift. (One wreath per family)

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

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Dec
Winter Survival
Saturday, December 17, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore some of the amazing ways animals survive in extremely cold weather. Some will dig down into the earth to escape it, some sleep through it and others can brave the cold. Through fun experiments and activities, discover what life is like for these hearty survivors.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 18 Dec
Winter Birding Walk
Sunday, December 18, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up and join us for some birding on the beach! On this brisk stroll, you'll discover the birds that make Jones Beach their home for the winter.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: Seal Walk!
Sunday, January 1, 2017 01:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Come Join our annual New Years Day seal walk. Dress warm and appropriately for walking a half mile on the sand.

Meet at Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, West End of Jones Beach

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jan
Winter Run Series: Jones Beach 5K
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:00 AM

The final race of our 2017 Winter Run Series is a Favorite Sport Team themed 5K run. Single race sign-ups are available beginning the Monday prior to this race or on-site the day of for $15. The race will take place in Field #4.

Phone:  (516)785-1600

 

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