Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown preserves the vast archival holdings of the world-renowned naturalist, ornithologist and conservationist.

In 1934, Peterson published his wildly popular A Field Guide to The Birds, and set the standard for the modern field manual. I’m not a birdwatcher yet even I have two RTP guides on my bookshelf. In the course of his long career, Peterson received nearly every award available to naturalists but the best evidence of his passionate love for nature are his remarkable bird and botanical paintings, many of which are on display.

The Institute hosts a revolving series of natural history exhibits, and the beautiful museum and peaceful, hike-friendly grounds alone are worth a visit.