We have snowshoes for rent, for kids and grownups of all sizes! Snowshoeing is an easy, healthy way to get exercise, have fun, and walk on top of the snowpack like so many of our native animals. Members receive a discount on snowshoe rentals. If looking to rent snowshoes with a group, please call ahead.
Snowshoes are easy to put on! Our staff will assist you in finding the right size snowshoe, and then you simply snap the buckles over your hiking boots/snow boots. (They snap on and pull tight, just like the bindings on snowboards or rollerblades.) Then you're off to adventure on the trails by yourself! Snowshoe hiking is independent hiking - we do not go with you unless it's a specially scheduled program.
Are there Timber Rattlesnakes at Tanglewood?
Yes, usually from June through mid-September, we do get Timber Rattlesnakes. (So does Harris Hill. So does Steege Hill. So does the a great deal of land in the Twin Tiers in NY and PA.) If you’re hiking during those months - on our trails or someone else’s - please be cautious. For a safe encounter with a live Timber Rattlesnake, please come view the one living on display in our Nature Center and Museum!
Are they venomous (poisonous)?
Yes, they are venomous. They are a non-aggressive snake, and they will not go out of their way to strike you. But do not test this, and do not get too close. Generally, they just like to sit in the sun and bask, but they do startle and slither off from time to time.
What should I do if I see a Timber Rattlesnake?
Do not touch them under any circumstances. If you see one on Tanglewood’s trails at Gleason Meadows/Frenchman’s Bluff or at Personius Woods, please notify an employee at the Nature Center, and let them know where you saw it, and how big it was. They are an endangered species. By law, you are not allowed to touch them, move them, or harm them. We have them and protect them because historically they are a part of our region. Since they are an endangered species, and we care deeply about preservation, we want to ensure that they do not go extinct.
What do I do in case I get bit?
First, don’t panic. Call 911 immediately. Let them know what happened. They will be able to contact the local hospitals to see where to get anti-venom. You will want to get to a hospital to be treated with anti-venom as soon as possible. Remember: don’t panic.