tanglewood nature center and museum


Summer Camp 2020

We're hiring summer camp counselors! 

Teen ages 15-18? Join our Counselor in Training program! Gain leadership skills, camp experience, and perhaps get hired as a counselor the next summer :)  Applications due by May 15th. 

Tanglewood is excited to provide a unique opportunity for your child to learn about their relationship to the natural world while supporting their physical, social, and intellectual growth.  Each camp offers a wide variety of activities that provide campers with outdoor adventures.  Your child will explore and make discoveries on our 300 acres and have up close encounters with our resident animals.  Our summer camps are for children finishing Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Please click on the summer camp catalog link below for more information.

Parents and grandparents at a family/senior membership or above can register children/grandchildren.  Membership must be current at time of registration and during the selected camp session.  If you need to become a member, please click here Online Membership Application .  Membership applications are processed Tuesday-Friday during business hours.

Shot records need to be submitted every year.  Due to the increasing numbers of people infected with dangerous communicable diseases in the US, we are only allowing Medical Exemptions for vaccinations. Medical Exemption Form (.docx) is linked here, or contact Deanna at 607-732-6060 for a paper copy of the Medical Exemption Form. Thank you for helping us keep the camp children, visitors and staff healthy. 
You can email shot records to tanglewoodoffmgr@outlook.com

or mail them to 443 Coleman Ave., Elmira, NY 14903. 

Everything you need to know is in the camp catalog!


As always, our goal is to make our unique and fun programs available to all. We have a camp assistance fund created by generous donors. In 2019, we will have one scholarship position opportunity for each week of summer camp. To learn more about the scholarships for financially eligible families, or to contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact DeannaCamp Tuition Application.pdf and Membership Waiver Application.pdf.  You must fill out applications and submit proper documents in order to be considered.

Everything you need to know is in the camp catalog.

Counselors-in-Training for Ages 15-18

Becoming a Counselor in Training is a great way to gain leadership experience while working in nature!

Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are youth leaders aged 15-18 who assist the camp counselors in providing a safe and fun camp experience at Tanglewood. They will help lead environmental education activities, games, crafts, songs, stories, hikes, and more. Our CITs will also assist with camp preparation, check-in and check-out, and will serve as a positive role model for children in camp. This is an educational position that will involve being placed with two counselors each session. CIT applications can be found here and are due by May 15th to the CIT Coordinator, Bridget Sharry (volunteer.tanglewood@gmail.com).

Meg Lowman Treetops Camp: for girls who love science! 

Do you know a girl aged 9-12 years who loves science? We're accepting applications for the 13th Meg Lowman Treetops Camp! Treetops camp runs July 29th-August 2nd 2019 from 10am-3pm. Among other science adventures, girls will:

  • grow samples in petri dishes with biochemist Betsy Smith,
  • go mammal sampling with biologist Lynn Gillie, 
  • study weather with WETM's Shelby Clark and check out a real hot air balloon,
  • learn about medical science with veterinarian Emily Duggan, 
  • climb into the treetops of Tanglewood with rain-forest ecologist Meg Lowman! 

We created the camp with several goals in mind:

  1. To provide strong female mentoring to girls
  2. To introduce the scientific method in various ways throughout the week and teach the young women to use it not only in science but also in other areas of their lives and
  3. To get the girls outdoors and foster an appreciation for our natural world, using Meg Lowman  (www.canopymeg.com) as an example of a successful local woman that has dedicated her life to working for the betterment of the environment.

Campers must fill out an application and be nominated by a teacher/mentor in the community who knows their love of science. Please share this email with anyone you know who might be able to nominate a girl!

Camper application (PDF).
Nomination information (PDF).

All inquiries should be directed to Elaine Spacher, Executive Director

Can't wait to meet our future scientists!

For a brochure outlining the rights and responsibilities of campers and camp operators in New York State, click here: "Children's Camps in New York State" 


Upcoming events

No events available.

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!

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software