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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 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Project/Event Description: Beach Cleanup
Meeting Location: West Bathhouse employee lot. All ages welcome

Project/Event Description: Install snow fence on beach
Meeting Location: West Bathhouse employee lot. Appropriate for 13 and up


Registration: Required
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!

Tue 04 Jul
Astoria Bank July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach State Park
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 09:30 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Jones Beach State Park hosts the Astoria Bank July 4th fireworks show which is set to a musical array of patriotic songs. Arrive early for a prime seat on the Field 4 beachfront and to avoid traffic delays.

Sat 15 Jul
Jones Beach Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, July 15, 2017 until Sunday, July 16, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

A free volleyball tournament that is played on sand courts. There are two divisions, 4-player teams and 6-player teams, which are open to males and females. Award ceremony is at the conclusion of each division's match. Advanced registration is required. Call the Regional Recreation Department for more details, 631-321-3510.

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