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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 24 Jun
What Goes Bump in the Night
Friday, June 24, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Creatures who are active at night often have to rely on other senses than sight. Could you do the same? Join us at the Nature Center to find out, and then take a walk on our boardwalk as we try to identify nighttime beach sounds.  

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

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Nature Sketching 101
Saturday, June 25, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

In this introductory sketching program we will cover some basic art techniques and learn how to look at nature in a different way. We will supply basic art supplies, but feel free to bring extras.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Jun
Nature T's
Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

We will start with beach combing and collecting some tools from we find in nature, then head back to our working stations to create our very own summer nature inspired t-shirt.

Come dressed for a mess! Bring your own shirt. 

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

Registration: Required
Mon 04 Jul
2016 Astoria Bank July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach State Park
Monday, July 4, 2016 09:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Spectators will be entertained with vibrant colors and awesome sounds simulcast to a musical array of patriotic songs. This memorable day will make a lasting impression for all Long Islanders and our visitors.

Wed 06 Jul
Jones Beach Learn-to-Swim
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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 6th through August 10th.

West Bathhouse Pool

6:00pm -7:00PM Adult Beginner Class

Registration: Required

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