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 by calling 716.665.2473 ext. 227 or emailing Tina at


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     $  40
  • Couples          $  60
  • Families         $  85
  • Students, Seniors and Military receive a 25% discount on the membership categories above
  • Sustaining      $150

If you’re a renewing member, you get 10% off any of these categories.

If you’re a student, senior, or military (active or retired), you also get a 10% discount off any of these categories.

If you’re renewing as a student, senior or military, you receive a total 20% discount.

All memberships last one year from the month you sign up or renew.

Member Benefits:

  1. Unlimited free admission to the museum
  2. Free admission to all exhibition openings
  3. 15% discount in the Snowy Owl Museum Store
  4. Special discounts on RTPI programs, including Art After 5, Yoga with the Birds, and nature art workshops
  5. “First dibs” invitations to RTPI special events 10% off on a venue rental per year (Sustaining members only)
  6. 10% off on a venue rental per year (Sustaining members only)


Organizational Memberships

Organizational memberships are available to non-profit and government service agencies for their staff and program participants when they use Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) programs or facilities in furtherance of their mission. Benefits include free building admission, member discount rates for programs and a 10% discount rate on facility rentals and Gift Shop purchases.

RTPI requests no more than a 1:4 ratio between staff and program participants per visit. Regretfully, we cannot accept appointments from organizational members on Mondays or Tuesdays. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

The cost for an Organizational Membership is $160. Please contact Justyne Preston at 716-665-2473 extension 227 or for more information.

Trails are always available, seven days a week, from dawn to dusk, at no charge.

  1. Free year subscription to Bird Watcher’s Digest (Sustaining members only)

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.

To discuss your planned giving options please contact Arthur Pearson, CEO at 716.665.2473 ext. 224, or email Arthur at