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Upcoming Events

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.


Here are the bike path meeting points…

Art After 5 at RTPI ; 5-7pm on June 14th, July 10th, August 2nd, and September 6th.
Celebrate the warm weather with live music on RTPI’s patio, appetizers, wine, and brief tours of the summer exhibition, “Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy”, all for a $10 donation. Each ‘Art After 5’ event will feature different musicians, food, and drink. Exclusively for guests ages 21 and over. $10 donation.
Please visit https://rtpi.org/rtpis-art-after-5-series-begins-june-14th/ for more information.

Path Through History Weekend
June 16 – 17
Building & Gallery Tour
Saturday June 16th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Include RTPI on your itinerary for Path Through History weekend to explore our beautiful building and grounds, and tour our new exhibition, Roger Tory Peterson: The Life, The Work, The Legacy.

More information and participating institutions at  https://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/.  For specific details on event offerings at RTPI, please visit


Bats and Plants, A Global and Local Perspective
Wednesday, June 20th; 7-9pm at RTPI

Join bat biologist Jonathan Townsend as he explores the significant positive environmental impact that bats have on every ecosystem they inhabit. After the presentation an optional evening bat walk is also planned. This walk will entail eavesdropping on local bats with an ultrasonic microphone.

“What’s in Your Backyard?”
Thursday, July 12th; 5-7pm at RTPI
Discover the connections between Roger Tory Peterson’s conservation legacy and your own backyard during this program with RTPI president Twan Leenders.
Cost: $10 Donation

Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival
Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th
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. More information at www.wildamericafest.com

Opening Reception and Book Premiere for “The Extinct Birds Project” by artist Alberto Rey
Friday, August 17th; 5-7pm at RTPI
Rey’s latest project examines collecting practices, causes for extinction, and the politics of categorizing endangered species. It also includes specific information about eighteen extinct bird specimens and their collectors, as well as an overview of other species’ status as we stand on the brink of mass extinction. Join us for a book signing and talk by the artist.
More information at www.extinctbirdsproject.com.
Cost: $10 Donation