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Cascadilla Gorge Trail closed for winter

Published: 
7 weeks 6 days ago
The Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Downtown to College Avenue is now closed for winter. The trail is closed due to hazardous conditions from snow, ice, and falling rock that create unsafe conditions. The trail will re-open in the spring when conditions allow.

Although the gorge is closed, you can tour it virtually using Google's Street View feature. Click here for a 360 degree view in front of one of the gorge's waterfalls. To view more points in the gorge, click on the yellow “pegman” in the bottom right corner and drag it to a point on the trail!

Read more about the Google Street View project here.

Tour Plantations' gorges and natural areas with Google Street View

Published: 
8 weeks 15 hours ago
People are now able to virtually explore many of the Plantations and the Ithaca area's gorges and natural areas with Google's Street View technology. On November 19, Plantations and the City of Ithaca's Geographic Information Systems program announced its partnership with Google to create 360 degree views of these areas, which cannot always be easily accessed. Google staff trained local professionals to hike these areas with 40-pound backpacks with 15 cameras that took images every 2.5 seconds. The images were then sent to a Google satellite. Cornell Plantations staff Zeb Strickland was responsible for capturing images of Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges along with Edwards Lake Cliffs Natural Area.

To view these areas in Google Street View, click on the links below:

Beebe Lake from Sackett Bridge

Beebe Lake

Fall Creek Gorge from the trail behind Risley Hall.

Fall Creek Gorge trail from below the pedestrian suspension bridge

Cascadilla Gorge trail

Edward Lake Cliffs Natural Area

To read more about this project, in The Ithacan article, "City of Ithaca reveals new Google Street View of off-street areas."

Gift Shop sale today!

Published: 
8 weeks 3 days ago
The Garden Gift Shop in the Nevin Welcome Center will be open for a special holiday sale today from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Early bird hours for Plantations members start at 11:30 a.m.). Holiday shoppers will enjoy a 15% discount on most items; Members will receive a 30% discount.

The Shop has many unique offerings such as handcrafted ornaments, locally sourced gift items, high quality gardening books and more! Your purchases directly support Plantations' gardens, natural areas and education programs.
The Shop is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00–4:00, through December 19 for all your holiday shopping needs!

New Garlic Project kicks off in Plantations' vegetable garden

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11 weeks 2 days ago
On November 8th, 30 people gathered in the Pounder Vegetable Garden to learn about and plant garlic—the first of many planting events that are part of The Garlic Project. This project was initiated by Donna Levy, Plantations' Environmental Outreach Coordinator, and Gary Fine of the Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell University. Describing the Garlic Project's mission, Gary Fine said, "In the small picture, it spreads garlic around your community. But in the larger picture, it’s about education and empowerment around how easy and satisfying it is to grow food and be more in charge of what you eat."

Learn more about The Garlic Project in the November 3 Tompkins Weekly article, "Cultivating Community Ties through Garlic."

Hear what Carol Bradford, Garden Blogger who lives in Syracuse, has to say about The Garlic Project here.

Watch an interview with creator of "Victis acernis" sculpture

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12 weeks 2 days ago

Click here to view a four-minute interview with Jack Elliot, who worked with Cornell students for two-years to clean the roots of a sugar maple, now a work of art used to convey an environmental message.

Lecture: Introduction to Classical Bonsai Art

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12 weeks 3 days ago
Join us for the final lecture of our Fall Lecture Series.

Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing miniature trees, has been captivating people for some time. William N. Valavanis, a Bonsai Master, will cover classical bonsai art and its history, philosophy and styles. William Valavanis will show techniques for creating and training bonsai as well as how to maintain them in a healthy environment – all illustrated by striking photos taken during his tours around the world.  A few bonsai specimens will be brought to the program to illustrate fine quality classical bonsai.

Date: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University

This lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for the Fall Lecture Series line-up.

Students get research experience at Plantations' natural areas

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13 weeks 3 days ago
Every Friday afternoon, professor Anurag Agrawal takes his Field Ecology class to different Plantations natural areas to learn the principles of ecology through nature observation and hands-on research projects. Get a close-up view of what the students observed in Plantations' Dunlop Meadow in this 5-minute video.

Click here to view this 5-minute video.

Liberty Hyde Bailey's Vision - October 29

Published: 
13 weeks 3 days ago

Join historian Scott Peters this Wednesday evening, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium, to celebrate Cornell Plantations' 70th Anniversary.  Dr. Peter's lecture will focus on the prophetic ecological and civic vision of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Plantation's founder. Join Dr. Peters as he unearths wisdom and lessons in Liberty Hyde Bailey's work that can inspire and guide the ways we approach the ecological and civic challenges of our time.

 

Missed the Cascadilla Gorge opening ceremony? Watch it online.

Published: 
14 weeks 3 days ago
After five years of repair, the Cascadilla Gorge reopened on September 15. Click hereto view the opening ceremony, which includes comments from Plantations director Christopher Dunn, Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick and more.

This show is part of "Walk in the Park," a series produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge productions, which features parks in the Finger Lakes and throughout New York. It will be aired this Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 or on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Ithaca's public access cable channels 13 and 97.3.

Create your own bonsai workshop, November 13

Published: 
15 weeks 1 day ago
After a short lecture and demonstration of how a bonsai is developed from common nursery stock, master bonsai artist and educator William Valavanis will assist each student increating their own indoor bonsai to take home. Most bonsaiare winter-hardy outdoor species which cannot be cultivated in the home. However tropical species which have been hand selected from Florida growers will be used for this workshop. A few developed bonsai will be used to illustrate the training techniques as well as provide inspiration. Students will select their own plants and will design, prune, wire and pot their own indoor bonsai. Personalized instruction will be provided so each student will develop a beautiful bonsai which can be cultivated indoors. Registration fee includes the tropical pre-bonsai, ceramic container, soil, wire and the use of bonsai tools during the workshop. Pre-registration is required.

 

Date/time: Thursday, November 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: William Valavanis, Bonsai Master
Cost: $100 ($90 for Cornell students, Plantations members and volunteers)
Location: Nevin Welcome Center

Click here to register.