Join us as we kick off Cornell Plantations’ Let’s Move! Family Hike on Saturday, September 15 (rescheduled from September 8 due to threat of severe weather) from the Nevin Welcome Center at 2 pm (hikers are welcome anytime between 2 and 5 pm). Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama, dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids.
Visitors can stop in at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, located at 124 Comstock Knoll Rd. in Ithaca, and take a hike through one of Plantations’ best-known natural areas – Beebe Lake. This one-mile loop is perfect for families, with a gentle path, beautiful flowers and trees and spectacular views of the surrounding Cornell campus.
Along the way kids can have fun with a letter-boxing activity to search for hidden treasures and enjoy healthy snacks. The first 100 children to come on the hike will receive a free Let’s Move! t-shirt, along with a pedometer. All participating children will receive free gifts from YumEarth, and Yogurtland Ithaca.
“One of the many things that makes Cornell so special is its landscape. The gardens, trails, and natural areas cared for by Cornell Plantations are a rich resource for Cornell, our local communities and visitors worldwide. This Let's Move! family hike at Cornell Plantations aims to bring together the wonderful benefits of nature and physical activity, both of which are tremendously important in our own lives. We believe in Mrs. Obama's initiative to help families find ways to be happy and healthy together, and we think the Let’s Move! family hike at Cornell Plantations provides the perfect opportunity!"stated Dr. Robin Davisson.
In May of last year Mrs. Obama announced the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens partnership with the American Museum Association and the American Public Garden Association (APGA). The partnership provides opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about physical activity and healthy food choices through interactive programs and exhibits across the country, including here at Cornell Plantations, a member of the APGA.
“Plantations is thrilled to take part in the Let’s Move! initiative,” stated Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations. “Our arboretum, gardens, and natural areas are perfect places where families can come for a walk, a run, and some Vitamin N (for Nature) to increase overall wellness, physical activity – and most importantly to have fun!”
Let’s Move! combines comprehensive strategies with common sense, and is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices and helping kids become more physically active are among a few of the goals of Let’s Move! For more information about Let’s Move! visit www.letsmove.gov.
About Cornell Plantations:
Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is open daily (through September). For more information call 607-255-2400; visit cornellplantations.org; and find us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter and Pinterest @CUintheGarden.
Since July, Cornell students patrolled Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges as one means to encourage visitors to use the gorges safely. They observed over 3,000 visitors and spoke with many of them.
Read more in the August 27th Cornell Daily Sun Article, "New Steward Program Acts as Cornell's 'Eyes, Ears and Mouth' in Gorges."
From Thomas Jefferson’s gardens of Monticello; to the plight of the pollinators; to the secrets of ancient forests; there is something for everyone during the 26th Annual Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series.
Paul Sawyer, professor of English at Cornell University kicks-off the series on August 29th with “The First Ecologist: John Ruskin and the Futures of Landscape” in Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall at 5:30 p.m. on the Cornell University campus.
Sawyer will trace John Ruskin’s dramatic and contradictory career from his exquisitely precise drawings of clouds, rocks, leaves, and sculptured walls and niches, into his storm-driven middle years, when his despair over the deterioration of landscape matched his fierce belief that science, art, and writing were but different routes to the same truth: Nature as the source of the greatest art and the ultimate guarantor of human values. Ruskin was an art critic, amateur scientist, uptopian socialist, and one of the greatest prose stylists in English-founded modern art criticism during England’s Victorian Era.
The Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series is free, open to the public, and lectures are offered alternating Wednesdays until November 7 (Aug. 29, Sept. 12 & 26, Oct. 10 & 24, and Nov. 7). The first lecture is followed by a garden party in the botanical garden of Cornell Plantations – adjacent to the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center located at 124 Comstock Knoll Road, in Ithaca. The first lecture and the September 26 lecture will take place in Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall. All other lectures will take place in Statler Hall Auditorium in Statler Hall on the Cornell University campus.
“The Fall Lecture Series is a great way for us to provide a national, often a global view, of the trends, challenges, and opportunities the natural world affords us,” stated Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations. “We are excited to bring well-renowned and respected speakers to Ithaca to share their unique perspectives and offer us a chance to learn more and engage in conversation around such fascinating topics."
Cornell Plantations continues to battle invasive insects to protect our native plant populations. Read about what we are doing and what we anticipate invading our area soon in this blog post from Cornell Chronicle's "The Essentials," written by Rebecca Harrison '14.
Enjoy free tours this weekend
Botanical Garden Tour, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center in the botanical gardens
Botanical Garden Tour from North Campus, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Meet at Appel Commons
Arboretum Tour, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Sculpture Garden in the Arboretum
Botanical Garden Tour, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
15-minute mini tours of the Botanic Garden, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:15
Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
New to Cornell, or just want to enjoy the outdoors? You can now access trail maps with hikes of varying distances on our website at cornellplantations.org/trails.
In addition to trail maps, this section of our website offers a map locating safe public swimming areas near campus. Click here for swimming information.
New this year!
During the last two weekends of August, Cornell is providing shuttles to and from the swimming area at Robert H. Treman State Park. Click here for more information.
From now through September, you can enjoy two art exhibits in the Nevin Welcome Center lobby.
"Landscapes: A Celebration of Color" is a sampling of oil paintings by local artist Patty Porter. All of her paintings are rich in color and texture and include a few landscapes of Cornell Plantations.
"Glass Impressions" is a range of botanically-themed glass art from four local artists featuring flameworked glass by Margaret Neher, stained glass by Buddy Klausner and Linna Dolph, and glass sculpture by Tony Serviente.
The gorges are integral parts of Ithaca's landscape, and are what make the area so "gorges!" As the caretakers of the Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges, Cornell Plantations knows the safety of our visitors is paramount. Todd Bittner, Director of Plantations natural areas, is featured in a new Cornell student-produced video which showcases the beauty of Cornell's gorges as well as outlines potential dangers. This video will be shown to all incoming students.
To ensure your visit to Cornell's gorges is a safe one, we encourage you to view this video.
From Ithaca, Rochester and as far away as the Hudson Valley, folks are talking about the Shakespeare performances in the F. R. Newman Arboretum.
Click here to view images of last week's productions of Romeo and Juliet by the Ithaca Shakespeare Company taken for The Journal News in the Lower Hudson Valley.
View our calendar for the schedule of Shakespeare performances this month.
photo by Simon Wheeler
Six high school students are spending part of their summer working with
Cornell Plantations staff to gain skills that will cultivate an
environmental ethic for future actions in our new "Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability" or PEEPS. Read more about this exciting pilot program in the July 12 Cornell Chronicle article, "Pilot program aims to cure 'plant blindness' among high school students." This program is also featured in the Cornell Chronicle's "Picture Cornell" slideshow for July 12, 2012.