tanglewood nature center and museum


Elaine with Minerva ("Mini") the Cooper's Hawk

Elaine Spacher, Executive Director
Joined us January 2003

Our Executive Director is Elaine Spacher. In addition to being a bluebird expert, she is a visionary leader and has guided Tanglewood through a period of extraordinary growth. When Elaine is not networking, initiating new programs in line with educational standards, and organizing new community events, you can contact her about scheduling school programs or to chat about our signature Meg Lowman Camp -- a weeklong program for girls that builds confidence, character, and STEM skills.  

Deanna with Lucy, the Barred Owl

Deanna O'Brian, Office Manager
Joined us February 2011

As Office Manager, Deanna oversees the daily operations and keeps us in line! Deanna manages memberships, schedules birthday parties and private events, enrolls campers and collects health information, and is generally your best bet with any question you may have.

Ian and one of our Eastern Box Turtles 

Ian McLaughlin, Naturalist and Educator
Joined us January 2006

Ian is resident naturalist and educator at Tanglewood. If you schedule an educational program, you're likely to benefit from Ian's years of experience with all animal groups and ecosystems! He is particularly great with school and Scouting groups. And if there's a mysterious animal track or sighting in your yard, Ian's your best bet for identification. 

Maggie with Zeus, the bearded dragon

Maggie Groce, Educator and Camp Co-Director
Joined us December 2019

Maggie came to work at Tanglewood after a position at Sea World Orlando - she traded sting rays for owls! When she's not designing and curating STEAM and nature-based curriculum in the office, she's out in the field, traveling across five counties with animal ambassadors in tow.  As Camp Director, Maggie hires and supervises our seasonal staff and ensures that all our campers have a safe, fun, educational and nature-based summer!

Tyler with Hector, the ferret 

Tyler Reed, Curator & Educator 
Joined us January 2021

Tyler is the curator of animals and exhibits, and an environmental educator at Tanglewood.  
As Curator, Tyler designs and updates our museum and exhibit halls, and manages our animals -- he oversees their health, enrichment, and the acquisition of new animals. 

Bridget and Hank, the Red-Tailed Hawk

Bridget Sharry, Community Relations Manager
emails: marketing.tanglewood@gmail.com  and  volunteer.tanglewood@gmail.com
Joined us January 2014

As Community Relations Manager, Bridget coordinates volunteers, supervises interns, and handles the marketing and public relations strategies for Tanglewood. If you are interested in volunteering or applying for an internship, please email her! In a marketing capacity, Bridget is eager to reach new audiences and share the wonderful work that we do with your community. She is the current coordinator for weddings at Tanglewood.

Bob Kurcoba, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor

Our Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor manages our two trail systems and hundreds of acres of property. If you have questions or concerns about our facility, or wish to get involved with trail maintenance -- this is the one to email!

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, and Saturday 10am-4pm. CLOSED Sunday-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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