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

Join our team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers!

Volunteers are an important part of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Each year, we benefit from the efforts of dedicated volunteers who assist us with a variety of projects and tasks. We need volunteers for various activities, both indoor and outdoor. While we may not always have available positions in all areas, we’ll be glad to inform you when positions open in your area of interest.

As an RTPI volunteer, you will receive an individual or family membership, a 20% discount in the museum store, and will be recognized during our annual volunteer appreciation event.

Volunteer opportunities:

Activate your curiosity and others’. Become an RTPI Docent while learning about the life and art of Roger Tory Peterson. Docents will guide RTPI visitors in learning about temporary exhibitions, the building, and the life and work of Roger Tory Peterson. Docents will learn pertinent information about exhibitions, the building, RTPI and its mission, Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work, his role in the environmental conservation movement, and his connection to the Jamestown community.

Put your hospitality skills to use as an RTPI Visitor Services Assistant. You’ll play a critical role by connecting with visitors and providing them with a meaningful experience. As a Visitor Services Assistant, you’ll welcome visitors to the museum, take admissions, answer questions, and provide information about current exhibitions and programs.

Join the RTPI team as a Collections Assistant and learn about collections management while assisting with the organization, documentation, and safekeeping of objects in the Peterson Collection. Projects will include entering information about objects into the online database, documenting and labeling objects, and assisting with location audits of objects in the collection.

What does it take to mount an exhibition? Become an RTPI Exhibition Assistant and learn the art of installing and deinstalling artworks. Exhibitions assistants will assist with the installation and de-installation of temporary exhibitions, including unpacking and packing artwork, preparing condition reports, and hanging artwork and labels.

Do you love spending time outdoors? Become a Building and Grounds Volunteer, and you can help beautify and maintain the RTPI gardens and grounds. Put your green thumb to good use by weeding, watering, staking, raking, cutting, shoveling, and mulching the RTPI gardens, nature trails, and landscape.

RTPI hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including fundraisers and program-related activities. Join us as a Special Event Volunteer, and experience the excitement of being a part of our vibrant team. Special Event Volunteers assist with the set-up of events, the overall guest and vendor experience, and help with post-event clean-up.

For more information, please contact Amy Hudson: 716.665.2473 ext. 227


Memberships are a rewarding way to support the mission of RTPI.

Members receive unlimited admission during regular hours.
Members receive discounts on museum store purchases.
Members receive invitations to special events.

Become a member today.

Legacy Gifts

The soon to be renamed Legacy Society honors those who support the long-term sustainability and vibrancy of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute through 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.