Current exhibits at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute include: Kim Zarney - Habitats: abstract expressions of the natural world Randolph Mammoth Roger Tory Peterson the Botanical Illustrator: A Field Guide to Wildflowers Works like the Snowy Owl painting below by Roger Tory...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, NY headquarters and across the country. Most of our...Read More
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.
The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is to honor and continue the work of Roger Tory Peterson to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world. Our motto: Learn it, love it, protect it!
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.