Get a closer look at art that matters at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown.

Good art makes you feel something.

At the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown (, the goal is to nurture a greater love of nature and our planet.

That’s done by showcasing more than 1,500 original works of art by Roger Tory Peterson, known for traveling the world to create his Peterson Field Guides. It’s also done through special exhibitions, including Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Contemporary Women Nature Artists. The exhibit, which runs through June 11, includes work by five women whose art explores “the paradoxically powerful and fragile nature of birds and the ecosystems in which they live.”

But there’s no better way to appreciate nature than to actually be in it. To that end, the institute maintains 27 acres of wildflower gardens, pollinator meadows and mature stands of hemlock trees — and plenty of trails to explore all of it. 

“The intersection of art and nature lies at the heart of everything we do, including along our trails,” says Arthur Pearson, the institute’s CEO. “In addition to live birds, keep your eyes peeled for carved wood sculptures of a bald eagle, a northern flicker and lots more.”