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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

Spring 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 27 May
Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
Saturday, May 27, 2017 until Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The 2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds along with the US Army Golden Knight Parachute Team. Other performers include Screamin' Sasquatch and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. Arrive early to enjoy the numerous displays and vendors as well as avoid traffic delays and parking field closures. This is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition you do not want to miss!

Sat 03 Jun
Family Program: Horseshoe Crab Evening Walk
Saturday, June 3, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

As the sun sets we will search for a prehistoric-looking visitor to our beaches: the horseshoe crab. We will observe these unique creatures as they come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Water shoes required!

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Jun
Family Program: Beach Hike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Summer is almost here! The longer days and warmer weather make this the perfect time of year to be at the beach! Bring your walking shoes and meet us at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Jun
Nature Discoveries: Little Einsteins
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature though short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5

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

Sat 10 Jun
Children's Program: Going, Going, Gone
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Did you know that Jones Beach is the home of several and endangered species? Join us for some indoor and outdoor games as we discover more about the lives of these rare and wonderful creatures.

Registration: Required

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