Angling to see a bald eagle dangle from above?  Or a real life screecher owl squint his yellow eyes at an Edgar Allen Crow to say “hello?”  Make your way to Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s (HHNM) Wildlife Education Center in Cornwall- home of many rescued animals – and just a few stuffed ones too. It was a great indoor place to take my family on a rainy day.

Edgar Allen Crow

My son loved riding the saddled barrel and exploring touch tables covered with pinecones and bones. It’s the sort of place that moms and dads of toddlers need. The kids can move around without much chance of hurting anything or anyone (themselves included).


Fun touch tables for kiddies!

Of course, my son did manage to drop a chestnut into a turtle tank in a matter of seconds while we were there, but thankfully, a very helpful volunteer, Joan, fished it out before the swarming turtles ate the nut my nut threw.


The turtle tank sans chestnut

Joan told us that two teachers started the museum so local children could learn about regional wildlife. Conclusion: What started out small is now a beautiful little museum where families learn about wildlife through exhibits, meet-the-animal talks, and walks.

Find out about scheduled programming at the Wildlife Education Center by clicking on the link  below:

If you have older children, you will probably also want to check out HHNM’s Outdoor Discovery Center. It’s a preserve with more walks and talks and there’s a preschool on site too!
  • The Wildlife Education Center is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm with Meet the Animals on Saturdays and Sundays only at 1pm (January, February and March) and 2:30pm (year round.)

Admission is $3. Museum Members are free.

 Wildlife Education Center

25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY


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Hanging Hives and Flowers


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