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!
Spring is a busy time for gardeners at Cornell Plantations! For Krissy Boys Faust, it is a time to weed out the invasive plants that crowd our rich collection of early wildflowers.
View this 13 minute Cornell Cast to get to know Krissy and what it's like to work at Cornell Plantations.
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.