No matter what your age or what subject you study, we are ready to connect you to nature!
We offer a wide variety of programs and are always incorporating new materials. If you don't see a standard program that works for you, please contact us to discuss a more specialized program.
Here is a current list of our animal programs (.docx). While these are designed for elementary school students, they can be adapted and refined for an older audience, so please call us if you see something you like for a different age group.
Questions about group size, where to eat lunch, and our weather policy? Check out this field trip information sheet (PDF) to answer most questions.
Ian McLaughlin needs recertification as a merit badge counselor by the 5 Rivers Council. He will post back here when he gets the YPT done. (Dated May 8th, 2018). We apologize for any inconvenience. However, we are still offering programs for Girl and Boy Scouts in the mean time if you do not need him to sign off on any badges.
For adults, we also offer a team building program. This three-hour program includes a warm welcome and introduction from Tanglewood, a 90-minute quest around our nature center and trails, and reflection after the quest. The quest (the "Great Tanglewood Adventure Race," aka GTAR) will include short hikes to different stations – groups should be ready to hike 10-20 minutes on unpaved trails across field and forest – as well as cooperative challenges, artistic creations, and close encounters with our animal ambassadors. At the end of the GTAR, each mini-team will have time to reflect on what was the biggest challenge for them, as well has what was the most fun! The GTAR does not emphasize “winning,” but instead, it provides a series of varied challenges that will encourage your team to step outside of their day-to-day roles and see each other’s skills and interests in a new light. View our brochure for more information (PDF). To schedule a team building program, please email Deanna.
Please have alternate dates and times available when you call to book a program. Programs usually require 1.5 hours at Tanglewood (this generally includes a live animal presentation, a museum tour and a guided hike), or 40-50 minute live animal presentation at your location. If you wish to cancel, please call by 9 a.m. on the scheduled day - please note that without 24 hours' notice you will be charged for the program. Tanglewood does not cancel due to inclement weather, so please be sure all participants are dressed properly to explore our site for around 30 minutes in the rain/snow/heat. Appropriate clothing consists of sturdy boots or close-toed shoes, warm clothing, and rain gear if necessary - clothes that can get dirty! Upon arrival, proceed to the Nature Center Building.
Payment is due upon completion of program. You may pay with credit card, cash, or check in person, or over the phone with a credit card. If you have any questions about paying for a program, please call Deanna at 607-732-6060.
Please view our program price sheet here (revised 2019).
Please have alternate dates and times available when calling! Spring is our busiest season, so booking early is to your advantage.
Schedule a School Program:
Please call Elaine, our Executive Director, at (607) 732-6060 ex. 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule a Scout Program:
Please call Ian, our Naturalist. He is currently in the recertification process to be a Merit Badge Counselor. You can still book a non-certifiable program. We apologize for any inconvenience.
(607) 732-6060 ex. 104
or email him: email@example.com
Schedule a Team-Building Program:
Please call Deanna, our Office Manager, at (607) 732-6060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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!