tanglewood nature center and museum

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. 


We strive to fulfill our mission every day by: maintaining over ten miles of trails, offering educational programming for children and adults, providing homes in our exhibits for more than 40 native and exotic animals, and welcoming over 35,000 visitors a year. 


The Nature Center and Museum is always free to visit. 

We appreciate your support in membership and in donations very much - thanks to you, our doors are open and admission is free to all. 


If you would like to help us repair our trails this spring, sign up as a trail volunteer here!

Because of heavy precipitation this summer, fall, and winter, many of our trails are very muddy, rutty, and not passable. As of 1/8/19, the RED, BLUE, AND YELLOW TRAILS ARE CLOSED. If you want these trails to recover and be usable in the future, please obey barriers. Please enjoy our Children's Trail, Pink, Green, and Orange trails in the meantime! Thank you - Tanglewood staff. 

Our next 3 upcoming events are highlighted below. To see what else is going on, visit our All Upcoming Events page! 



Next 3 Upcoming events


Tanglewood is a proud partner in the Garden of Fire, a project whose purpose is to build capacity, depth, and the integration of art and science for programs serving at-risk youth in Steuben County. Learn more about the Garden of Fire here!

Want to more about life up on the hill? Check out our blog! Behind-the-scenes stories, True Tales of the Office, animal photos, and highlighted writing from volunteers and interns.... like Carrick's two-part Dragon and Damselfly ID posts. You will not believe how great his photos are - go see for yourself!


Some occasional posts on larger career/industry topics (museum careers, women in STEM, that kind of thing). You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so as not to miss a single owl photo. 

Take a virtual tour of the Nature Center and the Lodge! Click and drag your way through the Nature Center exhibits, then go down the stairs by the grizzly bear to explore the Lodge.

Nature Center and Museum location:
443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903

Phone: (607) 732-6060

Nature Center and Museum hours: OPEN Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. CLOSED Sundays and Mondays. Trails are open dawn-dusk year-round.

Admission to the Nature Center and Museum is FREE to all. Please consider becoming a member of Tanglewood!

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