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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
Sat 21 Jan
Winter Seal Walks
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Our winter visitors are here! Come join us for a short talk about seals and then bundle up as we walk along the shoreline to see these amazing mammals.

Tue 24 Jan
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, January 24, 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

January 24th: Counting Critters
February 7th: Heart 2 Heart
February 21st: Animal ABC's
March 14th: Rainbow Connection
March 28th: Animal ABC's

Tue 24 Jan
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, January 24, 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

January 24th: Counting Critters
February 7th: Heart 2 Heart
February 21st: Animal ABC's
March 14th: Rainbow Connection
March 28th: Animal ABC's

Sat 28 Jan
Dream Catcher
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

What's a dream catcher?  We will explore the myths and legends behind this creative activity. Together, each family will make a dream catcher and decorate it with feathers beads. All materials will be supplied. (One dream catcher per family)

Family Program

$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Jan
Winter Run Series: Jones Beach 5K
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:00 AM

The final race of our 2017 Winter Run Series is a Favorite Sport Team themed 5K run. Single race sign-ups are available beginning the Monday prior to this race or on-site the day of for $15. The race will take place in Field #4.

Phone:  (516)785-1600

 

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