From guided tours through Cascadilla Gorge and the Mundy Wildflower Garden, to listening to an a capella performance in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, we want to be part of your reunion weekend fun!
View a full schedule of Cornell Plantations events here.
Come visit Plantations today to enjoy the beautiful blooms of our Rhododendron Collection, featuring blooms in pink, purple, and white. The rhododendrons are located atop Comstock Knoll, in our botanical garden. While you're here, also enjoy the blooms of magnolia trees, spring bulbs, and much more. Spring has arrived and there is no more beautiful place than Plantations to fully experience it!
Ithaca Children’s Garden and Cornell Plantations Presents: ‘Where Do the Children Play?’ Documentary Film on Modern Childhood
“The video is superb and should be mandatory viewing and discussing for all educators and parents throughout the United States.” Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
The award-winning documentary Where Do the Children Play? examines an issue of growing concern among pediatricians, mental health experts, educators, and environmentalists: more and more children are growing up today with little or no opportunity for unstructured play, especially outdoors.
The Ithaca Children’s Garden in partnership with the Cornell Plantations will sponsor a free public screening at Tompkins County Public Library on June 2nd at 6:00 pm. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Ithaca Children’s Garden's education programs and site development.
Film Originator and Outreach Director Elizabeth Goodenough, Co-founders of the Ithaca Children’s Garden Harriet Becker and Monika Roth, Cornell Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis Nancy Wells, Plantations Education Director Sonja Skelly and Where Do the Children Play? outreach coordinator Ashley Miller will be on hand to answer questions along with local exhibitors of nature programs for children.
For more information about event call Ashley Miller at (607) 664-6333.
Produced by Michigan Television, Where Do the Children Play? grew from Dr. Goodenough’s work on Secret Spaces of Childhood (University of Michigan Press 2004). “Children need free time every day to discover their own abilities, desires, and limitations,” says Goodenough. For more information, visit here.
Like to work outdoors and get your hands dirty? Cornell Plantations is seeking volunteers to assist with the care of two of its most prized and well-known collections: the Robison York State Herb Garden and the Martha Howell Young Flower Garden.
These volunteer opportunities are available to anyone who loves plants and gardening and is able to meet the minimum requirements.
Applicants should be willing to make a weekly, long-term commitment through the growing season (April through October), and must be available Wednesday mornings for 1 to 4 hours, between 8:00 am and 12 noon.
The work can be moderately strenuous at times, and will include weeding, dividing perennials, planting annuals, mulching, deadheading spent flowers, etc. Fall cleanup includes removing frosted annuals and cutting back perennials. Prior gardening experience is helpful but not necessary. Applicants should be physically fit and able to perform repetitive tasks typical of garden and yard work, including lifting, bending, kneeling, etc. Applicants must enjoy learning, be willing to follow instructions and able to pay careful attention to fine details.
For more information, including additional volunteer opportunities, please contact Kevin Moss, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (607) 254-7430, or email email@example.com. You may also fill out an online volunteer application.
As part of Cornell's Earth Day Celebration on Ho Plaza, Plantations staff felt it was the ideal place to "show off" garbage that was removed from campus gorges. With the help of the student group "Friends of the Gorges," we coordinated clean-up events during the week leading up to Earth Day and seven student groups participated. Two large truckloads of trash were removed including grills, a leather couch, and countless glass bottles, most of which was displayed on Ho Plaza.
Stunned expressions and comments like, "I can't believe that all came from the gorges" from people who passed by the truckload of trash proved our mission was accomplished. We hope it leads to less garbage ending up in the gorges each year.
If the truckload of garbage was not enough to attract people, a life-size cardboard cutout of Stephen Colbert and the Big Red Bear was! In Stephen Colbert style, several groups were put "On Notice" including People Who Trash the Gorges, Bears (except Big Red), and Harvard Hockey.
Learn more about the Friends of the Gorges and how you can get involved here.
Kids Discover the Trail!, a collaboration of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the Discovery Trail (DT), and the Ithaca City School District (ICSD); is pleased to announce its new website KidsDiscovertheTrail.org. In addition to providing a program introduction, it links to a wiki web site highlighting “best practices” of school and museum educators involved with Kids Discover the Trail!.
Kids Discover the Trail! provides curriculum-based field trips to the eight sites of the Discovery Trail consisting of Cayuga Nature Center, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Plantations, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, The History Center in Tompkins County, Museum of the Earth at PRI, Sciencenter, and Tompkins County Public Library for ICSD students in grades Pre-K to 5. Classrooms from different ICSD elementary schools are partnered to increase opportunities for students and families from different neighborhoods to get to know each other.
This program is funded by gifts from local foundations, businesses and community members made to the IPEI; by gifts to the eight Discovery Trail organizations; and is supported by ICSD. This year’s overall Program Sponsor is BorgWarner Morse TEC.
"Kids Discover the Trail! represents the best of what Ithaca and Tompkins County have to offer our children - equity, diversity, and a chance to experience eight world-class cultural organizations right here at home, all during their formative elementary years." Charles Trautmann, Sciencenter Executive Director and Kids Discover the Trail! Co-chair.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 256-4734.
The bright sunny days and warmer temperatures of the past few weeks have some of our early spring bloomers putting on a show a bit early. Come enjoy the sunshine at Plantations!
You will find:
several tulips in bloom including Tulipa 'Pirand' in the Young Garden,
on Beebe Lake,
One of the many signs of Spring at Cornell Plantations is the posting of our Spring and Summer classes and events. Spring highlights include botanical illustration classes and guided bird and wildflower walks. View our calendar here.
Do you love spending time in the forests, meadows and other natural areas in the Finger Lakes? Do you care about preserving the integrity of the natural world and want to share this love with others? If so, consider joining a new educational program at Cornell Plantations: The Natural Areas Academy.
The Natural Areas Academy is designed to offer an engaged educational experience through workshops, field trips, and hands on conservation projects. This experience will prepare participants for proactive and independent stewardship roles and to become mentors themselves.
Visit here to learn more and how you can get involved.
Efforts are now underway to repair and eventually reopen the Cascadilla Gorge Trail, one of Ithaca’s and Cornell’s most cherished landscapes. Cascadilla Gorge has been closed for the past year due to unsafe conditions. Through funding provided by Cornell University, work has begun to replace hand rails, restore stairs, install fencing, and other identified safety hazards.
During construction, visitors are reminded that portions of the trail are extremely dangerous, and are strongly urged to observe the “Posted Trail Closed” signs.
Cascadilla Gorge was originally preserved and donated to Cornell University by Robert H. Treman in 1909 to support public use, education, and enjoyment. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail system, initially constructed during the Civilian Conservation Corp. era, ascends 400 feet in elevation between Lynn Street and Hoy Road, and currently totals 7,800 feet in length. Cornell Plantations manages Cascadilla Gorge, and is committed to protecting the natural area, providing ongoing educational use, and supporting safe public recreation and enjoyment of the gorge.