Youth and Families

There’s always something new to discover at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute! Our museum and trails are filled with art and nature experiences for all.

Our Learning and Engagement Coordinator, Madelyn Card, is a certified merit badge counselor for Scouts of America. We offer programs on demand for any troops looking to earn and complete the needed requirements for the following four badges: Art, Bird Study, Nature and/or Woodwork.

Plan a field trip and explore all that we have to offer. Students can hike the Peterson Preserve while searching for sculptures along the trails and explore our historic building while learning about our current nature art exhibitions. To plan and schedule a field trip, reach out to Madelyn Card, Learning and Engagement Coordinator at mcard@rtpi.org or call 716-665-2473, ext. 234.”

We currently partner with Girl Scouts of WNY and have the following upcoming events. Click the links to register.

Sunday, March 10, 10am-2pm: Photography with RTPI (Level: Ambassadors, Seniors, Volunteers)

Have you ever seen a blue photograph? If you lived in the 1800s you would have. By placing objects on special paper and exposing the paper to sunlight, early photographers created blue images, called cyanotypes or sun prints. Using found art & nature objects, scout members will create a beautiful and completely unique still-life. Please bring a packed lunch. Snack and badge are included.

Saturday, March 16: Woodworking (Cadette Only) Time: 10am-2pm *with Special Guest, Elaine the Bluebird Lady!

Learn how to use wood to make a house for bluebirds. You’ll develop your woodworking skills by creating a -wooden bird house, then learn about the birds that will make it their home. Please bring a packed lunch. Snack and badge are included. Admission is $38 for any Girl Scout. All woodworking tools & materials will be provided. You will leave with a completed, RTPI approved birdhouse with additional resources to help you install and maintain.

Sunday, March 24, 10am-2pm: Naturalist: Water Badge – World Water Day, March 22 (Level: Ambassadors)

World Water Day has been held on March 22nd every year since 1993. It is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of fresh water. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources and to educate ourselves about a global water crisis. Join us in understanding our individual relationships with water, learn about water issues and how to take action. Troop members will build a custom mini terrarium. Please bring a packed lunch. Snack and badge are included. Admission is $26 for any Girl Scout.

Thursday, April 2, 10am-2pm: Spring Break: Trail Adventure & Outdoor Art (Level: Daisies, Brownies, & Juniors)

Get inspired by the beauty in nature while bringing art and nature together! Join us for a one-mile hike through the Peterson Preserve. Girls will complete a scavenger hunt and use a bug bag to explore and discover nature. Please bring a packed lunch. Snack and badge are included.

Thursday, April 4, 10am-2pm: Spring Break: Trail Adventure & Outdoor Art (Level: Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors)

Get inspired by the beauty in nature while bringing art and nature together! Join us for a one-mile hike through the Peterson Preserve. Girls will use the preserve as inspiration for a creative hands-on art project that embraces both art and nature. Please bring a packed lunch. Snack and badge are included.

Sunday, May 19, 10am-2pm: World Bee Day and Bugs Badge (Level: Volunteers, Brownies)

Girls will be given a bug bag to explore and discover our Lois Buck Nature Trail, have a guided tour of the current art exhibitions, and learn all about World Bee Day, May 20th an international day to acknowledge the very important role of bees and other pollinators like birds and bugs. Please bring a packed lunch. Participants will use upcycled materials to create a beehive habit to take home. Snack and badge are included.