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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

Winter Nature Programs

Winter 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
Tue 21 Feb
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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 -11:30 and 1:30 - 2:30pm

February 21st: Animal ABC's
March 14th: Rainbow Connection
March 28th: Animal ABC's

Tue 21 Feb
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 01:30 PM - 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 -11:30 and 1:30 - 2:30pm

February 21st: Animal ABC's
March 14th: Rainbow Connection
March 28th: Animal ABC's

Wed 22 Feb
Marine Mammals
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The ocean is home to some of the biggest creatures in the world as well as some of the furriest. Lets discover how these creatures keep warm and survive in the deep.

Children's Program

$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Thu 23 Feb
It's A Cold Blooded Life
Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Horseshoe crabs, snakes, frogs, and fish. What do all these animals have in common? They are all cold-blooded. Come to the Nature Center to discover just what it means to be cold-blooded.

Children's Program

$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Feb
Owl Pellet Dissection
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Humans have been intrigued by owls for hundreds of years. Come learn about these secretive birds. We will investigate their feeding habits by dissecting an owl pellet and reconstructing the creatures eaten by the owl.

Family Program

$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free

Registration: Required

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