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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
Mon 04 Jul
2016 Astoria Bank July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach State Park
Monday, July 4, 2016 09:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join us for the Astoria Bank July 4th Fireworks show. Spectators will be entertained with fireworks simulcasted to patriotic songs: WALK 97.5 and K98.3  The 30 minute fireworks show will be visible from all parking fields. No rain date is scheduled.

A special event fee of $10 per car applies. Empire Passport season passes will be accepted for this event.

PLEASE NOTE: It is expected that beginning at 6 pm, traffic heading to Jones Beach will begin to increase and become heavy. Congestion will begin to occur and parking fields will begin to fill to capacity. Please follow the directional signs which will indicate best available parking.

If Jones Beach fills to capacity, there will be no shoulder or off the road parking and traffic will be diverted away from the park.

Please follow directions of State Police and State Park Police. Please tune to radio stations WALK 97.5 and K98.3 for the most up-to-date traffic and weather information.  

For more Information visit: Astoria Bank July 4th Fireworks show

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
Fri 08 Jul
Jones Beach Learn-to-Swim
Friday, July 8, 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.

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
Wed 13 Jul
Jones Beach Learn-to-Swim
Wednesday, July 13, 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
Fri 15 Jul
Jones Beach Learn-to-Swim
Friday, July 15, 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.

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

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