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Sign up for "Shoot, Edit and Share" on August 8

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4 days 8 hours ago
Digital technology has revolutionized photography for the non-professional: you no longer have to wait for a roll of film to be processed, computer software allows you to edit your images in a variety of ways, and the internet allows you to quickly share your beautiful work with others. This program will cover the basic steps from capturing the best digital photos on your camera, to editing and sharing them, and safely storing them on your computer. We will spend time in the botanical garden to practice shooting, then head inside to download, edit and discuss your work. Bring your own digital camera -- smartphone, point-and-shoot, or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR). All skill levels are welcome but please have a basic understanding of your camera’s operation. Pre-registration is required.

Date/time: Saturday, August 8; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost:$40; $36 for Plantations members
Instructor: Paul Schmitt, local photographer
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center.

Click here to register.

Free public preview of "Hemlock Woolly Adelgid" film this Thursday

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1 week 3 days ago
The Hemlock Woolly Adeglid is devastating the Hemlock forests and the delicate ecosystems that depend upon them. This film beautifully illustrates the vital importance of The Eastern Hemlock Tree, what should be done to prevent the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the growing phenomena of invasive species as a whole. This film includes appearances by Plantations staff Zeb Strickland.

 

Date/time: Thursday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. Q & A following film with: Mark Whitmore - Forest Entomologist; Hilary Lambert - Executive Director of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network; Chris Foito - Filmmaker (and former Cinemapolis staffer) 

Location: Cinemapolis, 120 East Green St., Ithaca

Cost: Free

Click here for more information on the Cinemapolis website.

Celebrate National Moth Week with us!

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2 weeks 3 days ago
Explore the world of moths in a new light!

Sunday, July 19; 1 - 4 p.m: Join artist Brandon Ballengee to build a "Love Motel," a sculpted canvas to attract insects. Love Motel for Insects is an ongoing series that started in 2001 in Costa Rica, and has since taken the artist to Delhi, London, Venice and Loch Ness (Scotland), and most notably – Central Park in New York City, among other venues. The original structures were made from black lights and bed sheets; today, they use ultra-violet lighting on black canvas backgrounds. Click here to read more on our Tumblr blog.

Monday, July 20: Take a tour of the Love Motel with the artist from 7-8 p.m. Stay for bug watching from 8-10 p.m.
Meet at the Ponds area in the F. R. Newman Arboretum for both events.

Wednesday, July 22; 1 - 4 p.m: Take a walk with Cornell entomologist Jason J. Dombroskie through the Mundy Wildflower Garden and around Beebe Lake to look for moths and their caterpillars. Meet at the entrance to the Mundy Wildflower Garden on Caldwell Road.

Wednesday, July 22; 9 p.m. - midnight: Cornell entomologist Jason J. Dombroskie will set up a bright mercury vapor light and two ultraviolet lights to attract nocturnal moths. Meet at the Newman Overlook in the F. R. Newman Arboretum.

Throughout June and July:  Art exhibit in the Nevin Welcome Center: "Les Papillons"
Find enchantment in “Les Papillons,” a photographic look at butterflies amongst the floral backdrop of the tropics. This collection of photos by local photographer Jason Cox brings the vibrancy of life housed at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy here to the Finger Lakes. This art exhibit will be on display from July 6 to the end of August.

All events are free and no pre-registration is required. Click here for more detail on our events calendar.

Take a hike with the Cornell Gorge Stewards

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4 weeks 1 day ago
Join the Cornell Gorge Stewards on weekly hikes around Fall Creek and Beebe Lake. Tours of Fall Creek Gorge are offered on Thursdays and tours around Beebe Lake are offered on Sundays. They will focus on the history of the area, geology and local flora and fauna.

Dates/times:
Fall Creek Gorge Hikes: Thursdays,  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.,  July 9 and 16
Beebe Lake Hikes: Sundays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.,  July 5 and 12
Fee: Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.
Instructors: Cornell Gorge Stewards
Locations:
Fall Creek Gorge Hikes: Meet at the corner of University Avenue and Central Avenue (Near the Johnson Museum of Art).
Beebe Lake Hikes: Meet at the north side of the Beebe Lake dam, near Japes Lodge (small, closed, brown building) and the Triphammer Foot Bridge.

Click here to view this event on our calendar.

On display at the Nevin Welcome Center

Published: 
4 weeks 1 day ago
Find enchantment in “Les Papillons,” a photographic look at butterflies amongst the floral backdrop of the tropics. This collection of photos by local photographer Jason Cox brings the vibrancy of life housed at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy here to the Finger Lakes. This art exhibit will be on display from July 6 to the end of August.

Plantations rated one of "50 Most Amazing University Gardens"

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4 weeks 1 day ago

On BestCollegesOnline.org, Cornell Plantations is rated one of the “50 Most Amazing University Gardens." Each University garden or arboreta received points for variety of species, local or international recognition, education programs and conservation efforts. Click here to see who also made the list.

Botanical Garden tours every Saturday and Sunday

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7 weeks 4 days ago
Enjoy a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens and discover the beauty and diversity of our numerous theme gardens, including the Herb Garden, Rhododendron Collection, Flower Garden, Groundcover Collections, Tropical Container Display, Vegetable Garden and more. Actual tour content will vary from week to week, depending on the plants, season, interests of the group, and whim of the docent.

Date/time: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.; June 13- September 27
Cost: $5 (free for Plantations members, volunteers and Cornell students) Pre-registration is not required.
Location: Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center.

Reunion Weekend events, June 4-6

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9 weeks 4 hours ago

Cornell Plantations -- the arboretum, botanical garden and natural areas of Cornell University -- welcomes all alumni and their families to Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, 2015.

During Reunion our rhododendrons, irises, and magnolias will be blooming, and you may still find many spring wildflowers in the Mundy Wildflower Garden and natural areas.

At the botanical garden you can take a mini-tour, pick up a visitor map and explore on your own, browse the exhibits and gift shop in the Nevin Welcome Center, or just relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the gardens and grounds.

Free parking is available at the Nevin Welcome Center, or you can ride our shuttle van from Barton Hall (Statler Hotel side) or the Peterson parking lot across from the Dairy Bar/Stocking Hall on Tower Road. Plantations shuttle service is provided approximately every 20 minutes from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday only.

For more information, contact Kevin Moss at km274@cornell.edu, (607) 254-7430.

Welcome back -- to Cornell Plantations!
A variety of tours and programs are planned for Reunion Weekend. Activities are free and are open to all Reunion attendees, the general public and members of the Ithaca community:

Nevin Welcome Center open from 9:30 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Shuttle service available from 12:00 to 5:00, Friday and Saturday. Stops at Barton Hall/Statler Hall and Peterson Lot (across from Dairy Bar).

Thursday, June 4 

Beebe Lake Natural History Walk
Location: Meet at Beebe Beach
Thursday, June 4; 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Stroll around the lake to discover the history, flora, and fauna of Cornell's favorite natural area.

Friday, June 5

Plantations Botanical Garden Highlights Tour
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Guided one-hour tour through the numerous theme gardens in the Botanical Garden. 

Cascadilla Gorge Hike
Meet at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Collegetown,
Friday, 10:00 - 11:30  a.m. and 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Hike through Cascadilla Gorge and learn about the geology, natural history, and beauty of this scenic greenway. The round-trip one milehike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing. Friday hikers have the option to take the #10 TCAT Bus back to campus
instead of returning on the trail, but there is no bus service on Saturday.

Plantations Botanical Garden Mini Tours
Nevin Welcome Center
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
15-minute mini-tours highlighting significant plants and gardens, launching approximately every 20 minutes.  

Plantations Mundy Wildflower Garden Tour
Mundy Wildflower Garden, Caldwell Road entrance
11 a.m.- noon
Explore this woodland wildflower garden and discover a rich variety of native flora.

Members-only sneak preview of the Spring Plant Sale
Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Take home some of Plantations’ gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape! This spring’s offerings will include some small shrubs, a wide variety of perennials, and some new additions to the horticulture trade.

Saturday, June 6

Spring Plant Sale
Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive
9:00 a.m. – noon
Take home some of Plantations’ gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape! This spring’s offerings will include some small shrubs, a wide variety of perennials, and some new additions to the horticulture trade.

Plantations Botanical Garden Mini Tours
Nevin Welcome Center
10:00 a.m. - noon
15-minute mini-tours highlighting significant plants and gardens, launching approximately every 20 minutes.

Cascadilla Gorge Hike
Meet at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Collegetown,
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Hike through Cascadilla Gorge and learn about the geology, natural history, and beauty of this scenic greenway. The round-trip one mile hike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing.

Comstock Knoll Rhododendron Tour
Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Join gardener Phil Syphrit for this tour of one of the most beautiful places
on campus: the Bowers Rhododendron Collection on Comstock Knoll, home to over 130 different varieties of rhododendron and azalea.

“The Hangovers” - Allan Hosie Treman '21 Memorial Concert
Nevin Welcome Center lawn
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Relax in the shade and enjoy this performance by The Hangovers, the popular a capella subset of the Cornell Glee Club.  Refreshments provided.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail vanadalized again

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9 weeks 5 hours ago
The Cascadilla Gorge Trail was vandalized for the second time in six months this week.

"We spent six years trying to get the gorge trail fully reopened, a huge commitment, and it was really fantastic to hear the response of the community to having the trail reopened, to feel safe, to look beautiful, to look like a historic gorge trail should look," said Plantations director of Natural Areas, Todd Bittner.

Seven different areas have now been defaced, including staircases, part of a stone wall, the new cement staircase, under the stone arch foot bridge and part of a retaining wall. The removal could cost up to $20,000.

Read more in the following articles:

Ithaca Journal: Cascadilla Gorge Trail vanadalized again, May 28

Ithaca Voice: Ithaca’s reopened Cascadilla Gorge Trail vandalized again, May 28

WHCU: Gorge vandalism clean up could be difficult and costly, May 29

Plantations staff help Cornell Class of 2015 honor lives lost

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9 weeks 5 hours ago

Plantations natural areas staff helped the senior honor society Quill & Dagger plant a grove of trees along Cascadilla Creek to celebrate the students of the Class of 2015 whose lives were lost. In addition, the senior class, spearheaded by Lara Keskinkaya and Sam Coleman, raised
funds to plant a “Tribute Tree” on the pathway between the Engineering
Quad and Collegetown, for seven members of the Class of 2015 who died.

President Skorton paid tribute to these gestures in his Commencement speech on May 24. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle article, "At Commencement, Skorton confers the 'generosity of spirit.'"