Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

Learn it, Love it, Protect it!

Jamestown, NY

Mission

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is named for the preeminent naturalist of the 20th century, and creator of the Peterson Field Guide Series. The Institute preserves and displays the life's work of Roger Tory Peterson, and uses Art, Education and Conservation to honor and continue his work to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world.

Notes from the Nonprofit

By using Art, Education and Conservation Initiatives, the "three pillars" of our mission, we strive to position RTPI as a premier provider of engaging and relevant natural history programming and environmental education. Using local, regional and global outreach, RTPI provides tools for citizens to recognize, learn and embrace environmental knowledge, and make environmental stewardship a part of everyday life. Art Pillar: RTPI works to increase exposure to the Peterson Archives & Collections, both for research and for artistic enjoyment. Education Pillar: RTPI brings nature back into people's lives through innovative programming for all ages, both inside and outside of the classroom. Conservation Pillar: RTPI provides practical, community-based solutions to address environmental needs in project areas locally, regionally and nationally.

Ruling Year

1985

President

Dr. Twan Leenders

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Joni Blackman

Main Address

311 Curtis Street

Jamestown, NY 14701 USA

Keywords

art,nature,roger tory peterson,nature education,enviromental,place based education,birds,natural history,tropical research,reptiles,amphibians,museum

EIN

11-2724904

 Number

7300187810

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History carries on the legacy of the 20th century environmentalist, and creator of the Peterson Field Guide Series, using the three "pillars" to which he devoted his life - Art, Education and Conservation. Using local, regional and global outreach, RTPI provides tools for citizens to recognize, learn and embrace environmental knowledge, and make environmental stewardship a part of everyday life. We strive to position RTPI as a premier provider of engaging and relevant natural history programming, nature related art exhibitions, and environmental education. Art - RTPI seeks to increase exposure to our collections, exhibits and events, both in person and online. Education - RTPI seeks to bring nature back into people's lives through innovative programming both in and outside of schools. Conservation - RTPI seeks to provide practical, community-based solutions to address environmental needs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Peterson Nature Education Program Series

Roger Tory Peterson Archives and Collections

Roger Tory Peterson Permanent Exhibit

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds

Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors - Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Professionals

Tropical Research and Conservation

For The Birds -Storytelling for All Ages based on the Children's Biography About Roger Tory Peterson

Natural History Atlas

Wildlife Guards

Citizen Science

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Art - Across the US, attention to natural history has been declining for decades, and much of what we know and how it has changed is based on collections like the RTPI Archives. Our main facility is a significant distance from major population centers, which impedes broad access to our collections and programming. Education - Environmental education is insufficient within most schools and virtually nonexistent outside of them; environmental illiteracy threatens the well being of everyone. Consequently, the value of natural resources and natural areas to local economies is overlooked, environmental advocates are few, and financial support is inadequate. Conservation - In the absence of broad public understanding of natural history, conservation projects have become the domain of a small number of underfunded stakeholders. With scarce resources available, natural history research is often reactive and crisis driven, with few follow up studies to assess long-term effectiveness.

Art - Expand the reach of exhibits and public programming using digital technology and traveling exhibits. Create partnerships with other museums, and use social media and online learning tools to share Roger Tory Peterson's extensive and diverse collections. Education - Promote the natural world as a community asset and demonstrates relationships between the health of a region's ecosystems and the health of its population and economy. Programs like Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors as well as streaming tropical research activities directly into classrooms are designed to be replicated and implemented elsewhere, to reach a steadily growing audience. Conservation - Inspire people to choose action over inaction. RTPI is focused on providing practical solutions to existing environmental needs, create an environmentally aware and engaged region, and increase awareness and understanding between species, habitats and people - through actions that transcend political boundaries.

Art - RTPI has created collaborations with other museum professionals to use collections management software to process archive items. Professional museum staff create exhibits and programming for both onsite and offsite participation. Education - RTPI has formal and informal education staff to teach at the elementary, high school, and college levels, as well as adult and children's programming outside of the traditional classroom setting - in libraries, nature centers and in our museum. Conservation - RTPI has professional conservation research staff as well as contracted conservation staff to perform fee for service projects and conservation outreach around the US, and conduct tropical research classes in Costa Rica and Panama several times per year.

Art - RTPI will measure progress of art and art programming through monitoring numbers of museum visitors both onsite and for traveling exhibits, and through the use of online metrics for digital content offerings. Education - RTPI uses assessment tools to measure impact and uses feedback from teachers and students - both classroom and non-classroom - to refine and plan for future educational offerings. School and college classes employ traditional metrics to assess effectiveness. Conservation - Careful collection and documentation of data provides an ongoing and growing bank of knowledge that allows for measurement of success, as well as building relationships and a case for support with community, business and government stakeholders.

Art - RTPI has secured collections management software, trained staff and begun to document items from the Roger Tory Peterson Archives. The first traveling exhibit has been launched, and a Roger Tory Peterson Permanent Exhibit created. Education - After a number of years where programming in public schools was unattainable, RTPI will now be part of a year round education initiative, which includes outdoor nature study. RTPI is also developing, in collaboration with public school administration and faculty, a classroom nature study curriculum available to all public schools within the New York BOCES system. Conservation - RTPI expanded Peterson Wild America Youth Ambassadors from a summer initiative for high school and college students, to a year round project. RTPI continues to successfully monitor CT shorebird habitat, successfully conducted remediation work on the Chadakoin River and is part of a coalition to deal with invasive plants and algal blooms in the Chautauqua watershed.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

American Association of Museums - Member

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Financials

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

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