Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY 14701 - United States





Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes.
As the steward of Roger Tory Peterson’s legacy connects people with nature through art, education and conservation.


In the early 1900s, Jamestown, New York’s urban nature inspired young Roger Tory Peterson to pursue his celebrated career as a naturalist, nature artist and influential educator. Through his field guides, he opened the eyes of millions of everyday people to the beauty and intrinsic value of nature that exists in our backyards. Peterson’s contributions have educated generations about nature worldwide; the knowledge and passion that he shared helped spark the global modern-day environmental movement, and his legacy continues to inspire and inform to this day. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) regularly exhibits original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that highlight areas of Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work.

RTPI is pleased to welcome the bronze works of Stefan Savides to the galleries beginning Friday, April 3, 2020. Savides’ avian subjects are portrayed in breathtaking and lifelike bronze designs. RTPI displayed one of Savides’ works when featuring the 2015 Society of Animal Artist’s annual exhibition, Art and the Animal, in their galleries. For more information about Stefan Savides and his work, please visit

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