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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

Summer Nature Programs
Summer Nature Program Descriptions

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Group 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 19 Aug
Wrack Line Walk
Saturday, August 19, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The "wrack line" refers to the trail of shells, seaweed, and other debris that is washed ashore and left at high tide line. Join us for a walk on the beach as we explore the wrack line for the treasures it might be hiding!
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Rubbish Rhumba
Sunday, August 20, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

We all know we should try to reuse and recycle whenever we can. But did you know that you can turn some of your garbage into musical instruments? Join us as we show you how to transform your trash into musical treasure!
Registration: Required
Thu 24 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 24, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Join the members of the Amateur Observers Society this Summer to observe the stars and constellations. Feel free to bring your telescopes or binoculars, though it is not necessary, and together we'll enjoy the amazing diamond in the sky!
Fri 25 Aug
Sunset Stroll
Friday, August 25, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bring your walking shoes and join us for a leisurely stroll along the jetty. Make sure to also bring your camera for some amazing sunset photo opportunities.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Aug
What's Up With Weather
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

From wind and rain to sunny skies, the weather on Long Island can change so quickly. Through a combination of demonstrations and experiments, we will explore some different types of weather.
Registration: Required

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