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Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

311 Curtis Street

Our Mission:
The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is to honor and continue the work of Roger Tory Peterson to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world.

Our Vision:
To accomplish its mission, RTPI will reach diverse audiences,

- By providing  stimulating  programs and exhibits for adults and children in its award-winning facility;
- By offering live and distance learning classes both at its local headquarters and through institutions of higher learning;
- By organizing,  preserving and making broadly available the works and methods of Dr. Peterson;
- By creating and disseminating  materials and methods to assist teachers and other professionals to introduce and explain the natural world to the general public; and
- By collaborating with like-minded partners to create and to support national research, competitions and awards in natural history.


Matt Jones

Thursday, June 14, 2018
There is so much to see and learn here. Roger Tory Peterson's life and accomplishments were interesting and varied. Take the tour, see the photos, paintings and drawings, and become immersed in this man's talent and love for the natural world!0

Christopher Bensch

Sunday, May 27, 2018
A beautiful facility. The exhibit about Roger is very good.

Emily Garrick

Saturday, March 3, 2018
RTPI has some of the most beautiful archives I have ever seen. Their work in preserving Roger Tory Peterson's legacy is admirable.

Jon Wilson

Thursday, June 7, 2018
We're so lucky to not only have this amazing institute, but also the Audubon and much more!!!

Jim Seitz

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
Spectacular building, but it needs much more of Peterson's works, as there are just a few there. Before visiting, I recommend reading about Peterson' life in Wikipedia, which unfortunately has more information about him than was on display at the museum. The works of a famous artist (who's topic was the life of Theodore Roosevelt) on temporary display was the best part of my one hour visit (including the time in the exceptional gift shop with many good nature books for sale)

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