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RTPI Establishes a Presence in Downtown Jamestown

Posted on Jul 27, 2016

Using Roger Tory Peterson’s life story, enduring legacy, and iconic bird art as guiding principles, RTPI provides people with meaningful opportunities to engage in natural history through our many art, education and conservation projects.

Spiny Softshell turtle (photographed by Twan Leenders for the 'Meet Your Nieghbors' global biodiversity initiative) that we are studying in the Chadakoin River.

Spiny Softshell turtle (photographed by Twan Leenders) that we are studying in the Chadakoin River.

Rather than compartmentalizing nature enjoyment as something that happens elsewhere (only in a nature preserve), we are working to develop the greater Jamestown area as a model urban habitat where environmental awareness and stewardship ethics are integral to everyday life, and where nature capital is appreciated as an important driver of economic, cultural and community health.

Because our main facility is some distance from downtown Jamestown, we have established a presence in the heart of the city to serve as a hub for community outreach and education. This centralized locale will allow RTPI to offer additional natural history programs, display artwork, showcase merchandise, and provide a workspace for staff, interns and students. The new satellite station, located at 108 East 3rd Street, has been made possible through generous support from the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and a grant from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation. We encourage you to pay us a visit this summer as you get out and enjoy Jamestown’s urban ecosystem.

The 2016 PWA crew (photographed by Elyse Henshaw, RTPI Conservation Technician)

The 2016 PWA crew (photographed by Elyse Henshaw, RTPI Conservation Technician)

RTPI’s downtown presence is serving as a headquarters for the Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors (PWA); the PWA crew has been offering special programs including talks, walks and displays centered on the ecology of the Chadakoin River and on our urban flora and fauna. Stop in and see the PWA crew at work at our 3rd street location whenever they’re not exploring the city parks and waterways! Visit our website regularly for news of events and programs happening at all of our locations.