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The mission of Tanglewood Nature Center is to lead and support education and preservation efforts in our region to achieve a heightened awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and caring for our natural environment.

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For more than 40 years Tanglewood Nature Center has provided the opportunity for hands-on environmental education to hundreds of thousands of children from the Twin Tiers of NY and PA, and the Finger Lakes. In 2015, we taught a record-setting 20,000 community members in school and weekend programming! Our school programs are FOSS-aligned and help children from toddlerhood through their teens engage with the natural world and with science. From taking pond samples and identifying microbiotic life with third-graders, to discussing the dynamics of flight with our live hawks and owls with high school students, Tanglewood is making STEM exciting and accessible for thousands and thousands of kids a year.

One of our signature programs is the Meg Lowman Treetops Camp.

The Meg Lowman Treetops Camp is a summer science camp that has been held at Tanglewood for 10 years. It is named after Elmira native and world-renowned forest canopy researcher, Meg Lowman. Our target audience is primarily at-risk girls aged 9-12 who have shown their teachers or other adult mentors an interest in science. We provide tuition, food, supplies, and transportation for the week. Women scientists from colleges, businesses and other non-profits provide education in topics such as forest studies, wetlands, small mammal populations and more. We wrap up the week with real tree canopy climbing with Cornell Outdoor Education and a visit from Meg Lowman herself. We introduce young girls to nature and science in a safe and positive way with strong female teachers as role models, so they feel able, empowered, and excited to pursue science in the future.

Our museum and our trails are free for the public to use. With over 40 species of animals to meet and over ten miles of trails to hike, there is always something new to notice both inside and outside. We keep our trails and our museum free to ensure that the public always has access to our preserved land. Our animal ambassadors have connected generations across our community, bringing together young and old in admiration of the majestic owls and falcon, enjoying the antics of the ferret and the tortoise, and learning from the adaptations of our native amphibians. Many of our animals are rescued - non-releasable rehabilitated wildlife. Our red-tailed hawk, for example, has overcome a wing injury and cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild, so we provide a safe permanent home for him, and in exchange he helps out with educational programming and is paid in mice!

Our 245 acres of land on Harris Hill preserve a variety of habitats - from field to forest to pond - and protect key habitat for threatened and vulnerable species, like the Timber Rattlesnake. Trails crossing through diverse habitats are for the public to freely use for hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, birdwatching and photography.