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Cornell Plantations’ Ringwood Natural Area Suffers Forest Fire

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8 weeks 10 hours ago
An alert neighbor called 911 and responders from eight different volunteer fire companies assisted in putting out the blaze. The local fire departments on hand were: Dryden, Varna, Freeville, McLean, Brooktondale, Cayuga Heights, Slaterville, and Etna with the Varna Fire Department leading the incident command under chief Vincent Monticello. The departments battled the fire using traditional trucks, off road UTV units, and hand equipment.

“Their quick and effective response limited what could have been catastrophic damage to the natural area and local community,” state Todd Bittner, director of natural areas at Cornell Plantations. “As a result, no one was injured, no structures were lost and less than five acres were burned.”

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the responders for their efforts in putting this fire out. Please be aware that Ithaca and the surrounding areas are under a “Red Flag Warning,” and there is a “no open burn ban” until May 15, 2015.  At this time the authorities are unsure of how the fire started.  We ask all visitors to our natural areas, and all those in our community to be aware of your surroundings, and to not start unauthorized fires, or discard of lit cigarettes on the ground. Please remember that in these dry conditions a fire can be started and can be spread very quickly.

For more information about the Ringwood Natural Areas, click here.

Homegrown Peppers workshop on May 20

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8 weeks 12 hours ago
In this presentation you’ll learn about the natural and cultural history of peppers, the fascinating diversity of pepper varieties, and some tips and best practices for cultivating your own bountiful pepper harvest at home. Each participant will receive six different types of young pepper plants to take and grow at home. Presented by Irene Lekstutis, Plantations Landscape Designer, and Paul Cooper, L.H. Bailey Conservatory Grower. Pre-registration required.

Date/time: Wednesday, May 20; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 ($12 for Plantations members, volunteers and Cornell students)
Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Instructors:Irene Lekstutis, Plantations Landscape Designer, and Paul Cooper, L.H. Bailey Conservatory Grower

Click here to register.

2015 is the Year of the Pepper at Plantations! We are offering activities and events throughout the growing season to celebrate peppers including exhibits, a self-guided tour of dozens of varieties displayed in our gardens and a Plantations Pepper Party on September 20.

On display at the Nevin Welcome Center: A Floral Love Affair

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8 weeks 12 hours ago
During May and June, enjoy botanical paintings by Marcia Eames-Sheavly, horticulture educator at Cornell University. Marcia’s paintings reflect her deep fondness for this region, with its evocative, sensual and joyous flowers, as well as the gardens, hedgerows and lakes that abound here.

Read more about her art in the May 13 Cornell Chronicle article, "Eames-Sheavley's botanical art classes teach how to 'see'."

Bird and wildflower walks every Friday and Sunday in May

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9 weeks 1 day ago
In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cayuga Bird Club, Cornell Plantations presents "Birds and Blossoms" -- a series of Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday afternoon wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks will be held rain or shine. Pre-registration is not required.

Bird walks will occur Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at Cornell Plantations from May 1 through May 29 (Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F. R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road).

Wildflower walks will be held Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. at Sapsucker Woods, from May 3 through May 31 (Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center).

For more information, contact 255-2400 or plantations@cornell.edu.

Vandalism on the Cascadilla Gorge Trail

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10 weeks 1 day ago

Just days before opening the Cascadilla Gorge trail after being closed for winter, someone spraypainted the concrete staircase and gorge wall under the Stewart Avenue bridge. Read more in an April 16 Ithaca voice article here.

Cascadilla Gorge trail is now open!

Published: 
10 weeks 1 day ago
After Cascadilla Gorge's opening on  Friday, April 17, you can now enjoy hiking the gorge from downtown Ithaca off of Linn Street to College Avenue in Collegetown. The Cascadilla Gorge trail is open from dusk to dawn, but please note, that it may close if heavy rains cause dangerous conditions. You can view updates on gorge conditions on Cornell's Gorge Safety Website gorgesafety.cornell.edu.

Guided 5k running tour, April 26

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11 weeks 1 day ago

Enjoy the unraveling of spring on this moderate jog through the Plantations' botanical garden, arboretum and natural areas on Sunday, April 26 at 9:00 p.m. Read more

Guided 5k running tour, April 26 from 9 - 10 a.m.

Get your morning workout while getting to know more about Cornell Plantations' gardens and natural areas. On this running tour, staff will stop several times to highlight the areas you will cover and will run at a slow to moderate pace.

This event is part of Cornell's Charter Day weekend celebration.

Date/time: Sunday, April 26; 9 - 10 a.m.
Cost: Free and no registration required
Location: Meet at the Kienzle Overlook directly across from Stocking Hall and Dairy Bar on Tower Road.
Instructors: Sarah Fiorello, Interpretation Coordinator and Teresa Craighead, docent

Cornell Plantations ranked 3rd of 50 best campus meditation spaces

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12 weeks 8 hours ago

Emotional and spiritual health are key to success in college. The Botanical Garden and F. R. Newman Arboretum of Plantations were recognized for providing "escape from the academic pressures" and a "balance between mind and spirit." Read the online article from bestcounselingschools.org here.

The F. R. Newman Arboretum is now open to vehicles

Published: 
12 weeks 8 hours ago

Another sign that spring is here! The daffodils are starting to emerge and our magnolias and flowering trees will soon follow. We invite you to observe the unraveling of spring with a walk through the arboretum any day, dawn to dusk.

Family event: Historical Family Fun at Cornell's Botanical Garden

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13 weeks 4 days ago

Don't miss the Charter Day fun happening at Cornell's Botanical Garden!

Historical Family Fun on April 25 from 1 - 5 p.m.

On Saturday, April 25 from 1 - 5 p.m., we will be hosting a family event where you can discover what life was like in Ithaca at the time of Cornell’s Charter signing.

There will be lots of hands-on activities based on the diaries of local youth from the 1860's! Taste delicate cake, make a broom, play old-fashioned games, learn about Forest Home’s water mills and more. Sing and dance to old-time musician Dave Ruch!

 

This is a Judy’s Day Family Program presented in cooperation with The History Center in Tompkins County.

Date/time: Saturday, April 25; 1 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person/ $10 per family (free for members). Registration is not required
Location: Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Garden