We are hard at work on conservation, education and research efforts in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, conducting surveys for at-risk or imperiled species, like the Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) shown here, creating management plans for important sites,...Read More
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is the only official institutional steward of the life works of Roger Tory Peterson. RTPI is the place to find his art, correspondence, film, libraries, study skins, and so much more. We are the sole authorized holder of these works. Here is...Read More
RTPI staff carries out several active research and education initiatives in Central America. We coordinate student research programs in Panama and Costa Rica, run active banding stations in those countries to study migratory birds on their wintering grounds and carry out...Read More
RTPI specializes in providing people with nature-based learning experiences rooted in the places where they live. We work with students of all ages and backgrounds through a wide variety of programs both here at our Jamestown, New York headquarters and across the country. Most...Read More
RTPI Winter Hours are in effect! We are closed Monday-Thursday, open Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm, and open Sunday 1pm-5pm
In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution located at 311 Curtis St.
2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of Roger Tory Peterson’s book Wild America in which he and his close friend British naturalist James Fisher showed us that nature is everywhere – if you know when, where and how to look and listen. This year also saw the start of RTPI’s Project Wild America intent on continuing that work. Various programs are currently under way as part of Project Wild America, connecting people with nature in their own backyard.
Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world to the public in the 20th century. Over a long career that began with nature study in the seventh grade in Jamestown, New York, he observed, recorded and published for lay audiences the incredible beauty and diversity of plants and animals from North America and around the world.