Tanglewood News Dec. 22, 2021

Happy Holidays from Tanglewood!!

Skittles staying nice and warm inside while enjoying the winter weather

Friendly Reminder:

  •  You can support Tanglewood before midnight on 12/31/2021 with your gift of cash, credit or check and take advantage of the extension of the 2020 CARES Act! This extension allows non-itemizers (9 out of 10 current taxpayers) to take tax deductions for their charitable contributions of up to $300 for singles and $600 for those married filing jointly. Your support helps us continue our mission of nature education and also helps your 2021 tax bottom line!

Upcoming events:

  • Win for Wildlife Raffle: Buy as many raffle tickets as you like for our 3rd annual Win for Wildlife. Your raffle ticket enters you for three drawings for cash prizes: $1,000, $500, and $250. Need not be present to win – this drawing will be livestreamed so you can enjoy your win from the comfort of your couch! 

    Tickets will be available starting December 1, 2021 and the drawing is Tuesday March 1, 2022! 

    Tickets are $20 each. You can purchase tickets from a board member, stopping in or by calling the office at 607-732-6060 and your ticket(s) will be automatically entered into the drawing and your matching ticket stub(s) will be mailed to you.

  • Winter Wiggles: It’s time to cozy up in the museum to read a storybook, and learn about animals & nature!  This free pre-K program runs November-March, on the first  Wednesday  morning of each month from  10am-10:45am. Each program will include a story for the kids with an up-close-and-personal animal guest. No RSVP is needed. Masks will be required for ages 3 and up. The next program will be on January 5th and will focus on Hank the Red-Tailed Hawk!

2021-2022 Lineup: 

  • 11/3 – Neville the rabbit 
  • 12/1 – General the Bearded Dragon
  • 1/5 – Hank the Red-Tailed Hawk
  • 2/2Sully the Ball Python
  • 3/2—People’s Choice – Last Wiggles of the year
  • Last Tuesday Drop in: Want to get outside on a science expedition, and learn about a topic in-depth with hands-on exploration? We are continuing our drop-in program on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am-11am. Programs will be held from November to March. These programs are geared for ages 5 and up. Perfect for homeschooling families but open to anyone! Each program will dive into a different topic, and the curriculum is designed to enrich and expand on STEM standards. Dress for the weather and expect to spend some time outdoors! Masks will be required. $5 for a family if you’re a member of Tanglewood; if you’re not yet a member, $10 for the family. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in, so that the program can start on time.
2021-2022 Lineup:
  • 11/30 – Birds & Migration – includes an intro birding walk
  • 12/28 – Reptile Roundup
  • 1/25 – Awesome Amphibians 
  • 2/22 – Invasive Species
  • 3/29 – Mad Science Experiments

What we’re exploring this week:

Seal accidentally scares a small baby polar bear #seal #bear #babybear # polarbear | Baby polar bears, Polar bear, Bear gif

In honor of the holiday spirit we wanted to take a closer look at polar bears that inhabit the North Pole and Arctic Circle! As the only marine ursid, polar bears spend most of the lives in an aquatic environment. Their habitat consists of the edges of Arctic pack ice, where the constant cycle of melt and refreezing allows for patches where seals can surface and feeding can occur. During periods of pack ice melt, polar bears can travel inland in search of viable habitat and food. One such area is the town of Churchill, Manitoba. This Canadian town has been crowned “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. To read and see more of these unique bears, follow the link below:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/11/world/polar-bear-capital-cnnphotos/ ;

If you’re an online shopper, remember, you can always support Tanglewood (at no additional cost to you) by doing your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. Look for us as Tanglewood Community Nature Center, Inc. 


Please note- we are requiring that everyone wear masks inside our building  regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for helping protect our visitors, especially the youngest ones!


Reminder! Dogs are allowed at Personius Woods, but NOT on the trails by the nature center. We are preserving ground-nesting bird habitats and appreciate your cooperation. We encourage you to hike with your dogs along the streams, fields, and forests at Personius.