Below is a list of our programs:
Please choose One
This program highlights an animal from each of the 5 animal groups: a mammal, a bird, a reptile, an amphibian and an arthropod. Learn about the distinctive features of each group while you get a varied look at some of Tanglewood's animal ambassadors.
Breaking Out of Their Shells
Of course our owls and hawk were hatched from eggs, but students will learn that salamanders, turtles, snakes and insects also emerged from shells. This is a great springtime program, but works for any time of the year.
Hawks, Owls & Company
Check out our local bird residents Sophie, the Great-horned Owl, Icarus the Broad-winged Hawk, Lucy the Barred Owl, Hank the Red-tailed Hawk, or Ellie the American Kestrel. Get up close and personal with these high-flying species and learn what makes birds special in the world of animals.
How to Get There and What to Wear
Animals take advantage of a variety of ways to get from place to place. They walk, crawl, hop, skip, leap and fly. Learn how animals move in the wild. Also learn why animals are covered with so many different kinds of "outfits". You might get to meet someone with long legs or no legs at all. How about someone that wears a fur coat? Or spikes on their back? If you are interested in animal movement and coverings, this is the program for you!
Lizards, Snakes and Frogs, Oh My!
Learn about our fascinating and fun collection of reptiles and amphibians. The delightful cast of characters may include: a salamander, toad, leopard gecko, bearded dragon, bullfrog, and/or a large variety of turtles and snake species. Who has scales, how about skin? Who lives in water? Compare and contrast these animal groups in a very educational and interesting program.
Students observe our ponds and wetlands and the organisms that call them home. From mammals to microscopic organisms, we've got it all. Book this program and find out why water is one of our most important and precious natural resources.
The A "Bee", C's
Few animals work harder than bees, but what ARE they doing all day? And how do their efforts help other plants and animals, including us? Come and learn the basics of bee life and behavior, including a visit to our live beehive and become a bee-liever.
What's Bugging You?
This program gives students a chance to learn about insects, spiders and "others" that live in the soil, on the forest floor, and in the air. Arthropods outnumber all other animals on Earth, so education on this group is critical. The cast of characters encountered at Tanglewood might include Madagasgar hissing cockroaches, a tarantula and other arthropods like millipedes and scorpions. We reinforce the similarities and differences of animals in the arthropod world.
Our Education Staff:
Ian McLaughlin, Educator/Naturalist
Ian Martin, Educator/Volunteer Coordinator
Val Heywood, Educator/Curator
Elaine Farwell, Executive Director/Educator
Important Information:Please have alternate dates and times available. Programs usually require 1.5 hours at Tanglewood, 45 minutes at your location. Tanglewood does not cancel due to inclement weather, so please be sure all participants are dressed properly. If you wish to cancel, please call by 9 a.m. on the scheduled day. Appropriate clothing consists of sturdy boots or shoes, warm clothing, jeans and rain gear if necessary. Upon arrival, proceed to the Nature Center Building.