Support Art That Matters to the Planet

Art matters. Nature matters. Your support matters. There are many ways to support the mission and work of Roger Tory Peterson Institute - make a donation, volunteer in the museum or in the preserve, become a member, leave a legacy...all are important ways to make a difference.

Your support makes what we do possible.

To make an online contribution, click the Donate Now button.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” (Anonymous)

You’re invited to join RTPI’s community of volunteers. To help. To make a difference. To have fun.

We’re looking for volunteers with skills and interests in the following areas:

  • Exhibitions installation and deinstallation
  • Collections management
  • Museum docent
  • Youth program assistant
  • Bird walk guiding
  • Bluebird nest box monitoring
  • Nature preserve restoration

For more information, please contact Justyne “Tina” Preston: 716.665.2473 ext. 227


Members matter. Members are the base of our community of supporters. To be a member is to belong. To be a member is to plant a flag of support for art, for nature, the mission of RTPI.

There are four levels of membership

  • Individuals     $  35
  • Couples          $  50
  • Families         $  75
  • Students, Seniors and Military receive a 25% discount on the membership categories above
  • Sustaining      $100

In appreciation for our members, they receive:

  • Unlimited admission during regular hours
  • 15% discount on museum store purchases
  • Additional discounts on programs and events

Sustaining members receive the additional benefits:

  • Priority invitation to special events
  • Free subscription to Bird Watcher’s Digest

Planned Giving

Planned gifts may be simple to set up, like putting RTPI in your will or making RTPI a beneficiary of an insurance policy or an IRA/401K. There are also planned gifts that can earn income for RTPI while you are here to see the good that your gift is doing.

Contact us to talk about the legacy that you want to create that will support RTPI’s mission for years and years to come.