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Become a Volunteer Tour Guide

Published: 
2 years 26 weeks ago

Cornell Plantations offers an annual spring training program for anyone interested in becoming a garden docent (tour guide) for the adult group tour program. Volunteer docents interpret the diverse plant collections,unique landscapes and compelling history of Cornell Plantations, and educate adult visitors about the importance and interdependence of plants, people and the natural world. Docents serve as ambassadors throughout the spring, summer and early fall.


 
Applicants are asked to commit to an eight-week training program, which will take place on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at the Nevin Welcome Center, from March 20 through May 8. Additional monthly training sessions will be scheduled for the remainder of the season (June through October). Training is free and all materials will be provided.
 

 


A love of plants, gardens the natural world, and a desire to share that love with others is an essential qualification! Additionally, applicants should possess good oral and interpersonal communication skills, as well as a flexible schedule and availability to lead tours on weekdays, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. General knowledge of or interest in plants, gardening, horticulture, botany, natural history and/or related areas is extremely helpful; public speaking, teaching or related experience with adult learners is desirable but not required.
 
If interested in signing up or learning more, please contact Kevin Moss, community outreach coordinator, at km274@cornell.edu, or call (607) 254-7430.

Gift Shop sale this Saturday

Published: 
2 years 28 weeks ago

On Saturday, February 16, come enjoy the beautiful winter landscape and stop by our gift shop to enjoy 15% off your entire purchase (members receive 30% off).

Become a Youth Wildflower Guide!

Published: 
2 years 30 weeks ago
As part of Ithaca’s Kids Discover the Trail program, Cornell Plantations offers a spring program for all Ithaca 3rd graders. "Wildflower Exploration: Learning about Plants through Wildflowers" is designed with a school component that prepares the students for their field trip to the Mundy Wildflower Garden.

No experience is necessary just a love for kids and commitment to attend training sessions to learn about our local wildflowers.

 

If you are interested in delivering this program to children in area schools, contact Raylene Ludgate at (607) 255-2407 or RGL3@cornell.edu.

Training Sessions

The training sessions are held on Wednesdays starting February 13th from 10:30 to 12 noon and continue once per week until the end of April. The sessions are designed to prepare you for facilitating activities in the classroom and leading field trips through the Mundy Wildflower Garden at Cornell Plantations. You will also have the opportunity to shadow experienced guides.

School and Garden Visits

School and garden visits take place weekdays during school hours (8am to 2pm) starting May 1st. You pick the actual dates/times that work with your schedule.

After-holiday sale in the Garden Gift Shop

Published: 
2 years 32 weeks ago
If you want to stock up on unique ornaments, decorations or other holiday items, all holiday-themed items in our gift shop are 30% off from now until the end of January. And, if you are a member, you will receive an additional 10% discount.

Please note: The gift shop and the Nevin Welcome Center are closed on weekends in January. It is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting in February, it will again be open on Saturdays.

On Display in the Nevin Welcome Center: "Trees of the Arboretum," photographs by Bo Lipari

Published: 
2 years 33 weeks ago
For lovers of trees, the F.R. Newman Arboretum is an amazing and wonderful space rich in color, detail, shape and form. The tree collections present visitors with a cornucopia of species, varieties, shapes and colors that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Bo Lipari, a local resident and volunteer Docent at Cornell Plantations, has taken pleasure in the beauty of the Arboretum for many years. In 2008 he began photographing Arboretum views, scenes and trees, trying to capture some of the brilliance and beauty he has found there. This exhibit focuses on the trees - the bark, branches, forms and foliage that capture the eyes and stir the primal connections that still reside within us.

 

Bo's photographs will be on display in the lobby of the Nevin Welcome Center from now through February.

F. R. Newman Arboretum closed for winter

Published: 
2 years 36 weeks ago

The F. R. Newman Arboretum is closed to vehicle traffic until further notice. Pedestrians are welcome to explore the arboretum every day from dawn to dusk. Parking is available at the Mundy Wildflower Garden parking lot off of Caldwell Road directly across from the arboretum.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail closed for winter

Published: 
2 years 37 weeks ago

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Downtown to Stewart Avenue is now closed for the Winter. Read more

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Downtown to Stewart Avenue is now closed for the Winter.  The trail is closed due to hazardous conditions from snow, ice, and falling rock that create unsafe conditions.  This section of trail will re-open in the spring when conditions allow.

Lead Gift Commitment for New Peony & Perennial Gardens

Published: 
2 years 37 weeks ago

plan view of peony and perennial gardenDr. Peter B. Stifel ’58 has made the lead gift commitment for Cornell Plantations’ new Peony and Perennial Gardens, in honor of his daughter, Katherine Stifel ’87. Building on the success of the opening of the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations is now moving forward in the next phase of an ambitious plan to reimagine the Botanical Garden. In the most significant horticultural development since the F. R. Newman Arboretum was created in 1981, the broad expanse of lawn in front of the Nevin Center will be transformed into a beautiful series of new perennial gardens, while the plateau on Comstock Knoll will become a dramatic East Asian garden.

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Holiday Sale at our Garden Gift Shop this Friday and Saturday

Published: 
2 years 37 weeks ago

Join us on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 for another holiday sale!   Cornell Plantations members along with Cornell faculty, staff and students will receive 30% off their total purchase*.

Non-members will get 20% off their total purchase*.

*Discount excludes prints and other works of art, and Cornell Sheep Program blankets.

Nevin Welcome Center Holiday Hours

Published: 
2 years 38 weeks ago

winter garden and nevin welcome centerThe Nevin Welcome Center will be closed from Saturday, December 22nd and reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

As always, the grounds are free and open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.

Enjoy the holiday season!