December 13th, 2010: Please take notice that the Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Linn Street
downtown to College Avenue is closed for the winter season. This section of the gorge trail will remain closed until all snow and ice have cleared in spring.
On Saturday November 6th, the radio show "In The Garden" with Andre Viette aired from Cornell Plantations. Andre hosted this weekly call-in show from the Lewis Building in the Botanical Gardens and interviewed Plantations staff Irene Lekstutis (Landscape Designer), Todd Bittner (Director of Natural Areas), and Sonja Skelly (Director of Education).
Click here to download a copy of the show (as a podcast). Please note, there is a different file for each hour. The subject for Saturday's files should read: ANDRE BROADCASTS FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY.
On October 18th, Cornell Plantations completed repairs to the lower section of the gorge trail between Linn Street and Stewart Avenue, and has reopened it to the public. The partially open trail is accessible from the renovated entrance at Treman Triangle in downtown Ithaca. The section of trail between Stewart Avenue and College Avenue remains closed and under construction in order to address safety hazards on and around the gorge trail identified in a 2008 trail assessment. Through funding provided by Cornell University, work continues to restore and open this section. A project completion date has not been set. During construction, visitors are reminded that portions of the trail are extremely dangerous, and are strongly urged to observe the "Posted Trail Closed" signs.
With its light-filled atrium and lobby surrounded by walls of windows and skylights, the Cornell Plantations' Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center was dedicated Oct. 28, culminating a decade of building and renovation projects at the Plantations.
Read more of this Cornell Chronicle online article on October 29, 2010.
Judd Falls Road closure may affect your route to Cornell Plantations from September 22nd through October 1st
If you are planning to visit Wednesday September 22 through Friday October 1st, please be aware that Judd Falls Road between Forest Home Drive and Tower Road will be closed during construction working hours from during from 7 am to 5 pm.
Alternate Route: In leiu of accessing Plantations Road to the Botanical Garden via Judd Falls Road, we suggest accessing Plantations Road from Caldwell Road, just east of Judd Falls Road, or from Forest Home Drive, at the west end of Plantations Road.
Detour signs will be posted to assist with traffic around the road closure.
Watercolors, garlic, trees and more await your discovery at Cornell Plantations this fall! Our schedule of classes, programs and lectures for Fall 2010 is now online. You may peruse the schedule and learn more about these programs by visiting our calendar page. Once on the calendar, you may click on the name of a program for a full description. If there is a charge for the program, you may begin the registration process by clicking the "Add To Cart" button on the right side of the page.
For more information about our adult education programs and tours, please contact Kevin Moss at email@example.com, or call (607) 254-7430
Cascadilla Gorge -- breathtaking, dynamic, ever-changing. All the adjectives used to describe this natural area are exactly all the reasons that the lower half of the gorge, from College Avenue to Linn Street, has been officially closed since September 2009 for a restoration project scheduled for completion in 2011. The bottom section of the trail, from Stewart Avenue to Treman Triangle, will likely be completed first and may open earlier.
Read more of this Cornell Chronicle story.
To view a photo gallery of gorge restoration work from the Ithaca Journal, click here.
Cornell Plantations kicks off it's annual Fall Lecture Series on Wednesday September 1, with renowned Cornell English professor, Harry Shaw. Professor Shaw will be giving the Harder Lecture entitled "Is Nature Natural? A View from Britain". The lecture will begin at 5:30 in Warren Hall Auditorium and will be followed by Plantations' annual garden party.
Every other Wednesday from September 15 to November 10 Plantations will offer lectures at 7:30 in Statler Auditorium topics range from Wicked Plants to Earthworms to Wild Plants and more! For details, speaker information, and lecture descriptions go here.
The lecture series may be taken for Cornell course credit as Hort 4800.
In the wake of several suicides this past year, expert consultants wrote a report with recommendations on suicide prevention and bridge safety. Learn about the results of this report and more in the July 8 Cornell Chronicle article "CU addresses questions about temporary bridge barriers."
Cornell Plantations is pleased to announce the launch of SCVNGR!
SCVNGR (pronounced "scavenger") is a location-based game about going places, doing challenges and earning points - using your cell phone. At Cornell Plantations, we use SCVNGR to lead you through some of our collections and have you do fun activities while browsing our gardens. You may be asked to choose a favorite plant, mimic a sculpture, or do something totally different! SCVNGR can be played using any phone with text messaging (standard rates apply) or by downloading the free SCVNGR app for iPhone or Android.
Visitors can pick up an instruction card in brochure boxes near the Lewis Education Center or at the Arboretum parking lot near Houston Pond (first lot on the right when coming from the Caldwell Road entrance). Have fun and enjoy playing SCVNGR at Cornell Plantations!