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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
Sat 03 Dec
Origami Fun
Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Come discover the ancient Japanese art of folding paper. Learn about it's origins and history and then try out some designs to take home.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Dec
Take a Bird to Lunch
Sunday, December 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

It sure is cold outside and our little feathered friends could use some help to get through this winter frost. Come learn about the birds in your backyard and make them a special treat during the cold winter season

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

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Dec
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Holiday Season
Tuesday, December 6, 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 their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5.

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

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

Registration: Required
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

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