tanglewood nature center and museum


Tour our Nature Center exhibits and the Lodge above!


The Nature Center houses over 40 species of live animals, exhibits, taxidermy mounts of native wildlife, spectacular views and more! Here is current list of our animals (updated 11/27/19). Many of them are animal ambassadors that can visit your school, scout troop, camp, or community center. Animals, like all living things, change, grow, and pass away. And our animals may be out on programs, in a different location due to weather, off-exhibit for training or for quiet rest, so there may be different animals on view from visit to visit. 

When you come visit, some of our animals can be viewed year-round in their outdoor enclosures -- our Great Horned Owl, Sophie,  and our Red-Tailed Hawk, Hank, really enjoy being outside even in the winter as long as it's warmer than 20 degrees! Explore our Nature Center and Museum inside and out to spot all of our animals! 


Thinking of giving to the critters? Thank you for your kindness! 

Animal wishlist: 

Food:
(all food donations need to be unopened, please)

  • Fresh veggies (especially leafy greens that aren't iceberg lettuce!) 
  • Timothy hay
  • Wild bird seed, suet blocks 
  • Crickets, mealworms (fresh or dried), and earthworms
  • Guinea pig, rabbit, hedgehog, chinchilla pellet food

Care items:

  • Small stuffable food toys for the animals
  • Towels (gently used or new please) 
  • Aspen or pine bedding for small mammals
  • Latex gloves
  • Scrubbers for water bottles, scrub brushes, sponges
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Mop heads
  • Heat pads 
  • UVA/UVB bulbs for reptiles (60 watts to 100 watts - we ALWAYS need more of these!)
  • Chinchilla dust 


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. CLOSED Saturday-Monday. Trails are open dawn to 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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