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Upcoming Events

CHRIS LINDER presents “Adélie Penguins of the Antarctic” and “The Big Thaw”.
Wednesday, March 21st, 7pm – JCC’s Robert Lee Scharmann Theatre:

Linder, an acclaimed explorer, photographer, and visual story teller received a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Visit www.chrislinder.com and visit http://www.whoi.edu/science/PO/people/clinder/Chris for more information. This event is part of the Green Up Jamestown Coalition’s (GUJC) programming centered on environmental awareness. RTPI is a proud partner of the GUJC. Learn more about this and other Green Up Jamestown initiatives at www.greenupjamestown.com

Opening Reception for Nature’s Birds, Bats, and Pollinators:
Images by Sandra Rothenberg
Friday, March 23rd; 5-7pm

Please join us for an opening reception as we welcome Sandra Rothenberg and her stunning exhibit to RTPI. Sandra appreciates the feelings evoked by the process of photography; the intimacy, the unadulterated joy, and the flutter of anticipation as she discovers new images to capture in the moment with her camera; “In nature, I am acutely aware of the passage of time. All creatures and all flora are ephemeral. Each instant is precious. A photograph captures one infinitesimal facet of a moment. When you look carefully, details appear. The richness of the moment unfolds. ” 100% of proceeds from sales of Sandra’s work will benefit RTPI! This event is free and open to the public.

Chadakoin River Walks; Explore Jamestown’s Wild Side!

Join RTPI President Twan Leenders and other area naturalists on a walk through the Chadakoin River outlet forest to discover birds, turtles, wildflowers, and other surprising flora and fauna that calls Jamestown home. Enjoy the Chadakoin River Walk system’s newest asset, a mile-long easily walkable and bikeable path along the river, in the company of expert nature guides. Join us to explore the city’s biological diversity that once inspired one of the world’s greatest naturalists, Roger Tory Peterson, learn about ongoing environmental conservation and education efforts, and be amazed!

All walks will take place on the new River walk bike path on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am. Start at the Riverwalk parking area on W8th Street, adjacent to the resource center (701 W 8th St, Jamestown, NY 14701) & opposite McCrae Point park.

Wear comfortable shoes, make sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions, and bring your binoculars – if you have them. If not, we will make sure to have some loaners available.


Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
April 11th ; 7:00pm

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, held annually in November in Banff, Canada, is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Immediately following the festival, a selection of the top films submitted go on a tour around the world. Host organizations in each tour location help to choose a program that reflects the interests of their community, creating a unique celebration of adventure and adventurers at each stop.

Each year RTPI brings the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown by hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which features a collection of exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains, highlight remote cultures and intense expeditions into exotic landscapes, and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus.

Stay tuned for previews of the films to be featured this year, and be sure to mark the date, APRIL 11th (7pm) on your calendar! Tickets are available for purchase at the Reg Lenna box office or on their website at https://reglenna.com/events/roger-tory-peterson-institute-presents-banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-1.

Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival
July 28th & 29th, 10am-5pm at Panama Rocks Scenic Park

On July 28 and 29, 2018 the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park will host the second annual Wild America Nature Festival, celebrating nature and all things inspired by it, on the grounds of Panama Rocks. www.wildamericafest.com