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New gorge safety video

Published: 
2 years 3 weeks ago

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.

Read the buzz about the Ithaca Shakespeare Company's "Romeo and Juliet"

Published: 
2 years 6 weeks ago

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

 

Check out our PEEPS!

Published: 
2 years 7 weeks ago

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.

Shakespeare at Plantations: A Decade of Drama

Published: 
2 years 7 weeks ago

The Ithaca Shakespeare Company (ISC) and Cornell Plantations celebrate 10-years of Shakespeare with two of the Bard’s best known plays performed in Plantations’ F.R. Newman Arboretum. The ISC will be performing Love Hurts: “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Romeo and Juliet” in rotating repertoire beginning July 12 through July 29, 2012.

For ten years, the beauty of Cornell Plantations has provided the perfect setting for the Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s productions.  In this 10th year of partnership, the ISC will transform Plantations’ Jackson Grove into a playhouse that would have made Shakespeare proud and that audiences have enjoyed for a decade.

Collaboration has been key to bringing the ISC’s performances to the stage in Jackson Grove. “One of the main reasons this project has been successful over the past ten years has been the way the Plantations staff has embraced it,” said Stephen Ponton, artistic director of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company. “Plantations Director Don Rakow has been an enthusiastic supporter of the productions from day one, and many other Plantations staff members have helped out in a wide variety of ways over the years, from stringing ropes up in the trees to managing parking at the performances.”

“We welcome the return of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company for a tenth season of performances at Cornell Plantations,” stated Dr. Don Rakow, the E.N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations. “We feel privileged to have the plays mounted in this beautiful outdoor setting, just as the Bard intended for his works.  Plantations is committed to engaging local audiences in a variety of ways, from tours, to classes, to artistic offerings, all intended to educate, delight and enlighten.”

Mr. Ponton understands that performing outdoor theatre always has its challenges, but working in such a beautiful natural location has a tremendous positive impact on the performances. He says, “it's always a great moment when we first move out to the performance site from our indoor rehearsal space. Being out there under the trees and the sky (and sometimes the rain) immediately makes every scene feel bigger and more energized. The location truly becomes a part of the performance. The actors love it and are really grateful for the chance to share their love of Shakespeare with our audiences in such a magical environment.”

All performances start at 6:00 PM and will take place at Jackson Grove in the F.R. Newman Arboretum. Performances are “pay what you can”, but a $10 donation is suggested. Please bring lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas, as performances will continue during rain (the performances will be cancelled if lightening is present).  There is limited reserved seating available for $15.  For more information on advance purchase tickets or to learn more about the ISC please visit: www.ithacashakespeare.org.

Free Highlight Tours

Published: 
2 years 8 weeks ago

Each Saturday and Sunday through the summer, Plantations will offer free highlight tours of the Botanical Garden and the ArboretumBotanical Garden tours take place on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Arboretum tours are held on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  No need to register, just come on by. 

Gorge stewards help visitors enjoy Ithaca's natural wonders

Published: 
2 years 8 weeks ago

Ithaca, as we know, is gorges. A visit to one of these natural wonders is almost essential for every student and visitor to Cornell. But just like crossing the street, there are safe and unsafe ways to go about it. To help visitors enjoy the gorges safely, the university will deploy a team of gorge stewards, starting July 2.

Read more here.

The Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges are part of Cornell Plantations' natural areas.

Plantations partners with BTI to educate youth on plants used to produce sustainable goods

Published: 
2 years 9 weeks ago

The consumption of one-use disposable goods made from non-biodegradable
materials like plastic has led to an array of waste management and
pollution problems. Researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI) will be providing fun, hand-on demonstrations to students in Plantations' new teen program, Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability (PEEPS) about these new plant-based materials.

Read more in the BTI news article, Plants to Bioproducts: BTI, Cornell Plantations and the Ithaca Sciencenter.

REUNION SCHEDULE FOR CORNELL PLANTATIONS

Published: 
2 years 12 weeks ago

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Shuttle Service to the Botanical Garden

  • Shuttles to the Nevin Welcome Center at the botanical garden run from the west side of Barton Hall (across from Statler Hall), between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

 
10:00 am – 4:00 pm  Information Table and “Ask a Gardener”

  • Under the pergola, in the Botanical Garden. Friday and Saturday.

 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Botanical Garden Mini-Tours

  • 15 minutes each, starting at 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, & 11:40; Meet at the courtyard in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

11:00 am Mundy Wildflower Garden Tour

  • Meet at the Caldwell Road entrance to the Wildflower Garden.

2:00 pm  Upper Cascadilla Gorge Hike

  • Meet in front of the Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Collegetown. Tour ends at Rhodes Hall, engineering Quad.

 
2:00 – 3:00 pm  Botanical Garden Mini-Tours

  • 15 minutes each, starting at 2:00, 2:20 and 2:40,Meet at the courtyard in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Cornell Plantations History Tour

  • Meet at the courtyard in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

 

                                                                                          
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Plant Sale!

  • Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive (in the Arboretum across from Flat Rock)

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Shuttle Service to the Botanical Garden

  • Shuttles to the Nevin Welcome Center at the botanical garden run from the west side of Barton Hall (across from Statler Hall), between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm  Information Table and “Ask a Gardener”

  • Under the pergola, in the Botanical Garden. Friday and Saturday.

10:00 - 11:00 am  Botanical Garden Tour

  • Meet at the courtyard in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

11:00 am – 2:30 pm  Botanical Garden Mini-Tours

  • 15 minutes each, starting at 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00 12:20, 12:40, 1:00, 1:20, 1:40, 2:00 and 2:20. Meet at the courtyard in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

2:30 – 3:30 pm  “The Hangovers” - Allan Hosie Treman '21 Memorial Concert

  • Jackson Grove, F.R. Newman Arboretum.  This is an outdoor event, so please bring sunscreen, sun hat, and umbrella (the concert will be held under a tent).  Accessibility for disabled persons is limited. Refreshments provided.  Buses depart from Barton Hall west entrance at 2:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm.

 

New signs in Fall Creek gorge encourage safe use

Published: 
2 years 14 weeks ago

As the weather continues to get warmer, staff at Cornell Plantations and the University are working together to add and improve signage that encourages safe use of the gorge. Along trails in Fall Creek Gorge you will now see updated safety signs, and soon there will be orientation signs at trailheads.

Read more in the May 24 Cornell Chronicle article, "New signs spell out regulations for safe gorge use."

Garden tours for Cornell Graduation

Published: 
2 years 14 weeks ago

Congratulations Cornell Graduates!

We invite graduates and their families to come to the botanical garden this weekend for tours, photo shoots, and to enjoy the beauty of Cornell in one the most spectacular gardens on campus.

On Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 -12:00, you can take a 15-minute mini-tour and hear from our garden docents who’ll be on hand to answer your questions and help you find your way around.

Tours will launch approximately every 15 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The botanical garden collections include the stunning Bowers Rhododendron Collection, Robison York State Herb Garden, Martha Young Flower Garden, Heasley Rock Garden, Mullestein Winter Garden, Groundcover Collection, and more. You can also visit the award-winning Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, which houses indoor exhibits, a gift shop, small café, and visitor amenities. Parking is free on weekends at the botanical garden, located on Plantations Road (campus map quad F4).

The botanical garden, arboretum, and our many natural areas are all free and open, year-round, from dawn to dusk.  Our Welcome Center, located in the botanical garden, will be open May 25 and May 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on May 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; the Welcome Center will be closed on Monday, May 28.