tanglewood nature center and museum

Summer Camp 2020

Camp Update 5/26/2020: 

Hi members and supporters of Tanglewood!

Though this spring and summer is an uncertain one, we wanted to provide an update on what we do know about summer camp so far. The local and regional health status for the Twin Tiers is subject to change, and we will continue to adjust our plans and keep you in the loop as we learn more. 

So as of today, 5/26/2020, we are not sure yet if we will be able to run summer camps, but we are making plans in case we are able to do so. We want to be best prepared to run a safe, healthy, fun camp if possible, so we are planning in advance. 

Here's what we have so far: 

  • We will be running only one camp at a time, including children grades K-5 in that single camp group, so that siblings from a household will be together. 
  • Camp's home base will be in the lodge, a separate building from the nature center, and we will be implementing a rigorous environmental cleaning routine to keep the lodge safe and disinfected. Guests and visitors are not permitted in the lodge.
  • Although the weeks will not be highly focused around one topic area as in previous years, there will be general themes woven in through each week. Importantly, much of the camp day will be spent outdoors, in the fresh air. 
  • We will be limiting camp registration. The total number of campers allowed will be determined by Chemung County, and we don't know what the cap will be yet. We will let you know once we know.
  • Since we are not sure how many children will be allowed to attend camp each week, we are closing registration at this time. We don't want to process new registrations until we know from the county how many kids are allowed in a single week. 
  • We are reducing before/after care hours. The regular camp program runs from 10am-3pm as usual. Before care and after care options will run from 9am-10am, and 3pm-4pm. Drop off before 9am or pick up after 4pm will not be possible.
  • We are reducing the number of people who will come into contact with the camp children. Summer camp will be taught by two of our fantastic permanent staff members, Ian McLaughlin and Maggie Groce, with Jamie Ziegler overseeing daily operations of camp. 

What next?

  • If you are currently registered and would like to cancel your camp registration, please contact Deanna, our office manager. She will waive any administrative fees. 
  • If you are currently registered and wish to stay enrolled, no action is needed at this time! 
  • If Chemung County or state government determines that camp cannot run, we will fully refund all registrants.  
  • If you have any questions at all about curriculum or what summer camp will be like, please contact Camp Co-Directors, Jamie Ziegler and Maggie Groce

We miss educating and we hope that your families are healthy, well, and happy - and are able to enjoy visiting our animals virtually, as well as taking time outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and trails. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together on our plan, which will always be centered on the health and well-being of our community.

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.


This catalog includes information on each camp, how to register, what to pack, and more - everything you need to know is in the camp catalog! 

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 2020, we have limited scholarship opportunities and scholarships are on a first come first served basis. 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.

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" 


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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