JAMESTOWN – The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is now part of the Jamestown Community College Campus. The Jamestown Community College board of trustees approved a resolution allowing the college to acquire the RTPI property on Curtis St. during a recent meeting. The property was accepted as a gift. It includes RTPI’s 27 acre property and 28,000 square foot facility.
In a statement, JCC President Gregory DeCinque said the college has worked closely with RTPI since the institute was created. He also said that because both share a commitment to education and a passion for the natural world, it is most appropriate to realize an even greater synergy through the new partnership. DeCinque also said that it is JCC’s intent is to capitalize on the strengths of both institutions and open the door for new, as-of-yet undefined, program directions.
RTPI will continue to operate on the premises as an independent, non-profit organization with its own board of directors though a 30-year, no fee lease agreement. Several area foundations have expressed support for the transition of the facilities, and others will be considering requests for support later this summer.
RTPI was established in 1984 to foster understanding, appreciation, and protection of the natural world as by honoring and continuing the work of Jamestown native and acclaimed naturalist and artist Roger Tory Peterson.