The Chapin Snake Center is a long standing tradition at the Tallahassee Museum, thrilling young and old herpetologists in the making who delight in the opportunity to see the various venomous and non-venomous snakes native to our area in the six glass fronted cages.
These habitats are a critical element of our educational and conservation efforts as it allows children and adults to see the reptiles up close in a safe and secure environment. Since its construction in 1976 as a bicentennial project it has served as an outdoor classroom, shaded location on a hot summer day and gathering space to further the understanding and respect for the animals in our community and the ways in which we interact.
This facility is in need of repairs and renovations to further allow it to educate the Big Bend community, including the installation of updated glass snake enclosures.
In December 2017, we were privileged to receive Challenge Gift support from Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Judy Sheridan who have been a longtime supporters and advocates for the Tallahassee Museum. Their gift has allowed us to seek matching dollars for renovations to this essential feature of the Tallahassee Museum.
We have been fortunate to secure additional funding through the generosity our Board Members and friends of our Board. We are seeking support from Museum patrons who are committed to the future vision and continued educational opportunities that this outdoor learning space provides to Museum visitors as we “Renovate for Reptiles” with an opening date for the new structure in September 2018.
Please contact Katherine Cline Ashler, VP of Philanthropy at kashler@tallahasseemuseum or 850-575-8684, to further learn about this exciting renovation for the Tallahassee Museum.