@Tanglewood Nature Center

443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira

An opportunity to play, explore and discover the great outdoors.
Visit http://www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com for pricing and registration information.
Extended hours are available for an extra fee.

Zookeepers Camp (Grades K-2)

  • Dissect owl pellets and rebuild the skeletons of their prey.
  • Roll logs and pull apart to discover decomposers.
  • Feed our animals gourmet meals of fruit, rats, bugs and build jungle gyms and toys for our animals.
  • Personally meet each major animal group and care for our critters from tooth to toe!

Mad Scientists Camp (Grades 3-5)

  • Turn a chicken bone to rubber.
  • Defy gravity with water in wacky experiments.
  • Send a balloon into the stratosphere using only the power of the sun.
  • Explode, grow, disappear and slime all kinds of things with experiments!

Week 2 - No camp during the holiday week July 2-6

 

Fishing Camp (Grades K-2)

  • Basics of fishing, including casting, knot tying, safety and more.
  • Practice casting and perfect your fly-tying.
  • Dig bait for different species of fish and make your very own pole.
  • Watch a pro show you how to gut, fillet and clean a fish and take home recipes for future fishing!

Wilderness Survival Camp (Grades 3-5)

  • Start off easy with map and compass reading, but by the end of the week, kids will read a tree to find south.
  • Build and insulate a shelter with no tools.
  • Learn where to find edible fruits, while tracking and catching (and releasing) wildlife with our own homemade traps.
  • Finish the week with fire building and preparing a special treat in the woods!

Magical Beasts (Grades K-2)

  • Discover all the different magical creatures in habitats like the pond, the sky and the woods - mermaids, imps, brownies, gryphons and unicorns.
  • Design a chimera that mixes up your favorite adaptations like wings, special powers, talons or webbed feet.
  • Learn about the natural world that mimics magic - why bogs glow in the dark, the science of fairy rings and more.
  • Build a gnome home and imagine how magical creatures coexist with humans.

Beaks and Talons (Grades 3-5)

  • Discover your passion for creatures that soar.
  • Watch Hank the Hawk fly and prepare a feast for Sophie the Owl.
  • Dig deep into the science of how raptors hunt, live and migrate.
  • Dissect owl pellets and do a raptor hike!

Nature Play (Grades K-2)

  • Go home laughing and grass-stained after a day of playing games including the classics and brand new games unique to Tanglewood.
  • Sculpt mud pies, make fossil prints and play park rangers.
  • Climb trees and peer into cavities to see who nests there.
  • Tag, kickball and forts galore!

Pioneers to iPads (Grades 3-5)

  • From ancient hieroglyphs to iPads, play around with science and technology!
  • Take tech into the woods - using apps on our iPads to take real data for NASA and Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology!
  • Construct, create and play with simple machines from seed bomb launchers all the way to racing solarpowered cars.

Mad Scientists (Grades K-2)

  • Turn a chicken bone to rubber.
  • Defy gravity with water in wacky experiments.
  • Send a balloon into the stratosphere using only the power of the sun.
  • Explode, grow, disappear and slime all kinds of things with experiments!

Fishing Camp (Grades 3-5)

  • Basics of fishing, including casting, knot tying, safety and more.
  • Practice casting and perfect your fly-tying.
  • Dig bait for different species of fish and make your very own pole.
  • Watch a pro show you how to gut, fillet and clean a fish and take home recipes for future fishing!

Week 7 - No camp during the week of August 6-10

 

Scales and Tails (Grades K-2)

  • Flip over logs to find sneaky salamanders and get your feet wet catching frogs and fish in the ponds.
  • Shed your own skin with a funky craft and unravel the color-changing mysteries of chameleons and bearded dragons.
  • Create a life-size masterpiece of our biggest animal - "Bowie" the Colombian red-tail boa.
  • End the week with a reptile race!

Zookeepers Camp (Grades 3-5)

  • Dissect owl pellets and rebuild the skeletons of their prey.
  • Roll logs and pull apart to discover decomposers.
  • Feed our animals gourmet meals of fruit, rats, bugs and build jungle gyms and toys for our animals.
  • Personally meet each major animal group and care for our critters from tooth to toe!

Feathers and Fluff (Grades K-2)

  • Learn how birds hatch out of eggs and how they grow.
  • Make your own binoculars to find birds in the wild.
  • Construct a nest like a bird to take home.
  • Cuddle some furry animals and take care of our animal friends!

Outdoor Adventure (Grades 3-5)

  • Escape a larger-than-life spider web unscathed with your team.
  • Build the ultimate eggstra invincible parachute to protect an egg passenger.
  • Channel your inner adventurer and build a fort in the woods, spending glorious days in the wild.
  • Create toys and enrichment for the animals - interspecies play!

Nature in a Nutshell (Grades K-5)

  • Investigate the furthest corners of our trails.
  • See the unseen parts of our ponds with microscopes and make your own recycled pond viewer.
  • Go fishing and build a fort.
  • Make a solitary bee house and save our pollinator friends!