Art that
to the Planet

Home to the largest collection of Roger Tory Peterson’s work, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a leader for the study, exhibition and nurturing of art that matters to the planet. Through world class exhibitions and programs, RTPI illuminates the beauty of nature; challenges us to confront environmental issues of regional, national and global concern; and inspires us to preserve the earth’s biodiversity – with a particular emphasis on the natural area wonders of Western New York.

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a living embodiment of the Peterson Field Guide. It is a trusted source of information, inspiration and illumination. It is a gateway to the natural area wonders that inspired Roger to his career as one of the world’s premier artist-naturalists and international ambassador for the protection of nature. It is a leader for driving the cultural economy of Jamestown and the surrounding area.

We believe...

Art Matters
— among the many ways to raise awareness about conservation, art has a unique and underutilized power to engage hearts, minds and hands

Biodiversity Matters — RTPI embraces the full diversity of the biological community

People Matter — RTPI embraces the full diversity of the human community

Sanctuary Matters — RTPI is a safe space, a refuge for nature, a place of reflection, renewal and rejuvenation for people

Speaking Out Matters — RTPI takes no sides regarding politics but will always side with nature no matter the politics

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson’s signature contribution to the arc of the American Conservation Movement was the modern field guide. Trained as an artist, Peterson understood the power of art to inform, inspire and illuminate people about the natural world. His illustrated field guides allowed for easy, accurate identification in the field. The experience of using the field guide has helped millions of people across the globe really see the natural world. To be inspired by it. To fall in love with it. Throughout his multifaceted career, Peterson helped us to see the challenges, too – the devastating impacts of pesticides, habitat loss and other environmental ills. He also demonstrated that each and every one of us can make a difference in protecting the earth’s diversity of plants and animals.


Douglas L. Schutte


Wilson Mudge


William Hackney III


Lynne Reading


Chris Anderson

Diane Carlson

Kate Groninger

Lee Allen Peterson

Tory C. Peterson

Alberto Rey

Erika Stanat

Linda Goodridge Steckley

Jeanne Wiebenga

Marilyn Zagora


Arthur Pearson


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Amelia Duffee

Visitor Experience Associate

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Maria Ferguson

Collections Curator

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George Harper

Development and Communications Director

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Amy Hudson

Operations and Administration Assistant

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Emily Nelson

Visitor Experience Associate

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David Niles

Programs and Events Manager

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Melissa Post

Chief Curator

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Twan Leenders

Senior Advisor for Science and Conservation

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