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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.


EarthFest 2018 at Jamestown Community College
Wednesday, April 18th; 11am-2pm
JCC Pondside and COCE Student Union Educational displays, Tree adoption, Earth-friendly Products for Sale, Food, Silent Auction,
Noon Show with Jeff Musial (as seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Live Animals & Music
Free and open to the public!

Earth Day Art Happening Event presented by the Green-Up Jamestown Coalition
Saturday, April 21st; 6-8pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 Main Street, Jamestown, NY
AUTUMN ECHO, presents “An Apology to Mother Earth”, The Pillar of Light will be illuminated, Bill Ward and the “Earth Day Review” (The Panfhil Brothers and Brian Hanna) will perform
Earth songs. Studio D will cater hors d’oeuvres, and there will be wine tasting.
Details at: www.greenupjamestown.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1777492432551301/
Free and open to the public!

“Adventures Recording Bird Songs in Chautauqua County” with Jim Berry
Wednesday, April 25th; 7pm during RTPI Ornithological Club Meeting at RTPI
Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public!

Opening Reception* for “Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy”
Thursday, April 26th; 5-7pm at RTPI
Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1607477836038649/
Cost: FREE

“Saving Chautauqua Lake” program by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
Wednesday, May 2nd; 7pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 Main Street, Jamestown, NY
Learn more about our great natural asset, tourist attraction, and economic engine.
Details at: www.greenupjamestown.com
Free and open to the public!

Salamander Saturday
Saturday, May 5th; 10am-2pm at RTPI
Details here: https://rtpi.org/celebrate-salamander-saturday-on-may-5th/
Children 12 and under, free. Adults pay regular admission.

Guided Gallery Tour* of “Roger Tory Peterson:  The Life, The Work, The Legacy” with Jane Johnson, RTPI Director of Exhibits and Special Collections
Thursday, May 17th;  7-9pm at RTPI
Cost: $10 Donation.

Peterson Field Guide Party*
Thursday, June 7th; 5-7pm at RTPI
Celebrate Peterson’s “A Field Guide to the Birds” with your fellow devotees.  Bring your “Guide” with all of its personal annotations, sketches and inspirations! Music, snacks, and beverages.
Cost: $15 per person.

“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