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Tis the season for the Annual Appeal!

A note from Elaine Spacher, Executive Director: 

Dear Friend of Tanglewood,

Wow! We made it through our 45th year but not without some good, bad and ugly moments.

The good (and most important) - We educated over 30,000 people,  preserved over 300 acres of trails and habitat, and fed and housed 45+ species of animals.

The bad and ugly -  Mother Nature wasn’t kind to our Nature Center this year. Lightning struck the tree by the Lodge and fried our security system. Our entire HVAC array failed due to underground pipe corrosion and we needed a total system replacement. And then... a squirrel chewed our main electric line which cut power to our buildings, requiring extensive repair (see photo below of the incredible gnawing ability of these critters)! The total cost to fix these essentials was nearly $35,000!

Of course we always need your support to help us to keep doing the good. But this year, we need your support to also help us dig out from under the bad.

Please consider helping us to sustain our operations and continue to fulfill our mission through your annual gift. 

Thanking you in advance,

Elaine Spacher


  (The carnage, above.) 


Starting to reminisce about the good ol' days as the holiday season approaches? Feeling nostalgic for adventures big and small? Remember the "old Tanglewood" on West Hill Rd.? 

Alternately: enjoy cozy sweatshirts and sweet baseball tees?

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Help preserve over 300 acres of land as forever wild by purchasing one of these vintage Tanglewood shirts! Choose your color, your size, and order by December 4th. Yes, these cozy gifts are predicted to ship December 12th, just in perfect time, if you're thinking of buying one for some nature-lover in your life. 

Thanks for helping keep admission free, trails free, and animals fed with your order!


Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum relies on donations and membership fees to keep our facility open as a great asset to our community, for education, and for wildlife conservation - your support is what keeps the animals fed, habitat preserved, and our doors open to everyone, free of charge.  


We really do rely on every single donation and membership from individuals, families, and businesses in the Twin Tiers and Finger Lakes! Your contributions and support matter. We could not do this work without your help! Thank you for your support.

Our Guidestar Charity Navigator page is here for your review.  

Ready to preserve 300 acres of critical habitat, educate 20,000 children a year, and provide food and vet care for 43 species of animals? Please start with the short form below and thank you so much for your support!

UPDATE 10/03/18: We have switched our donation processor from Network for Good to Paypal, since Paypal is quite a bit cheaper for us. You can donate through Paypal as a guest, without having to create a Paypal account. If you have any questions about the donation process, please feel welcome to email or call us! 



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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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