Dinosaurs ! And the “Living Animals” exhibit at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at the Tanglewood Reservation in Rockville Center is an immersive experience that takes visitors back to prehistoric times.
The CSTL exhibit features more than 40 other animatronic skeleton and dinosaur models, including two new animatronic dinosaurs added last week: a seven-foot-tall Protoceratops (Pro-to-cer-a-tops) and a 16-foot-tall Pachycephalosaurus. feet high (Pack -e-cep-a-lo-saures).
Each year, the exhibit adds new attractions to the permanent exhibit, which is the only such tourist and educational attraction on Long Island, said CSTL director Dr. Ray Ann Havasy.
“This year’s additions were definitely kids’ favorites,” he said. “We chose pachycephalosaurs because kids call them ‘bump heads’, and we chose Protocertops because of their pony-like size. They’re one of the smallest dinosaurs, and we want kids understand that not all dinosaurs are awesome.
CSTL’s dinosaur collection includes 18 partial skeletons, 12 full skeletons, and 10 animatronic dinosaurs.
In addition to the dino simulations, there are over 40 different live animals, many of which are rescues. This group includes owls, emus, golden pheasants, goats, alligators, lizards, turtles, and frogs.
Over the past two years, the animal exhibit at 1 Tanglewood Road has become a family attraction.
The exhibit provides visitors with an intimate and personal experience where they can learn how animals adapt and survive in different environments, which is demonstrated by a unique mix of dinosaur models and animals living together.
“We just found out that we are the largest permanent animatronic dinosaur exhibit in New York State,” Havasy said. “We have a large collection of dinosaurs, both animatronic and skeletal, as well as live animals, making it a nice, reasonably sized exhibit for a family.”
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Wednesdays.
For more information, you can visit their website by clicking here.
Top photo: One of CSTL’s animatronic dinosaurs. Photo courtesy of Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman.