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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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.
Click here to read more.
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.
The 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!
FEMA recently awarded Cornell $880,000 repair the damage, an addition to the $2.7 million Cornell has already committed for capital
improvements to improve safety for Cascadilla and Fall Creek gorges. The gorge trail between Stewart and College avenues was submerged under two feet of water moving so fast that it tore off staircase railings and peeled off whole sections of trail paved with mortar and stone. FEMA recently awarded Cornell $880,000 repair the damage, an addition to the $2.7 million Cornell has already committed for capital
improvements to improve safety for Cascadilla and Fall Creek gorges.
Read more in the November 29 Cornell Chronicle online article, "FEMA awards $880,000 grant to repair gorge trail."
The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center was completed in November 2010 and officially opened to the public on February 1, 2011. The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is an important part of modernization and infrastructural improvements made at Plantations over the last decade; it is referred to as the "grand finale" of a decade-long construction cycle that has seen new gardens, the redesign of office space, and multiple other projects. Built in the center of the Botanical Garden, at the confluence of existing walking paths, the building is tucked itself into the center of the gardens offering visitors a welcoming experience to Cornell Plantations.
Photo by Jon Reis
Among the notable green building features of the Nevin Welcome Center are wood louvers across the front of the building which serve to filter summer sunlight and admit winter sun for passive heating; rooftop solar tube collectors which generate winter heat; a motorized vent/skylight that provides natural ventilation, and a green roof which helps insulate and protect the roof while also treating stormwater.
Green roof (photo by Toby Wolf)
Additional features include the extensive use of natural light, local and recycled materials; low-emitting healthy materials; and energy saving lighting fixtures and controls. In addition to the building itself, the project received points for its construction management techniques, recycling up to 96% of the waste generated during construction. Rounding out the project were significant landscape elements that contributed to the sustainable sites LEED category including a beautifully designed bioswale garden that cleanses water as it runs off the site and parking areas and the use of structural soil to allow for tree growth in a paved environment.
Buildings that receive LEED V.2 Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council must earn 39 to 51 points points distributed across five major credit categories: Cornell Plantations’ Nevin Welcome Center received 47 points, obtaining points across each category – Sustainable Sites (10), Water Efficiency (2), Energy and Atmosphere (11), Materials and Resources (5), Indoor Environmental Quality (14), and Innovation and Design (5).
Bioswale garden and parking lot (photo by Chris Kitchen)
In addition to being a welcome center for Plantations visitors, the building also serves as a teaching tool for many groups interested in learning more about green buildings, “I direct many of the campus and student groups interested in green buildings to tour the Nevin Welcome Center. Not only does the building have a connection with the natural world in both form and materials, but many of the technological and design aspects of green building are clearly visible and are easily described to and understood by visitors.” says Matt Kozlowski, environmental project coordinator at Cornell University.
The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is named for Brian C. Nevin ’50, at the request of the primary benefactor, C. Sherwood “Woody” Southwick Jr. The Nevin Welcome Center with its Gold LEED designation is a significant step forward in Plantations’ and Cornell’s commitment to sustainability. Don Rakow, the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations states, “Cornell Plantations is committed to a sustainable future, as such we are thrilled to receive the USGBC's LEED Gold designation for the Nevin Welcome Center. Plantations has long needed a single site where we can greet visitors, provide them with orientation and interpretation about our collections and meet their amenity needs. This dream was fulfilled with the opening of the Center, which helps us achieve our sustainability and educational goals.”
Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the designers of the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Plantations, have received much recognition for their design of this ultra-green building. The Nevin Welcome Center has won a “Award of Excellence” from the AIA New York Chapter, an “Honor Award” at the Tri-state AIA annual conference, a “Design Excellence” award from the Ontario Architects’ Association, and Canadian Architect magazine and online journal. The building has been featured in several publications and most recently was featured in Greensource Magazine in May 2012. The general contractor for the project was Welliver, landscape construction was provided by Cayuga Landscape, and the project was managed by the Cornell Facilities Services department formerly known as Planning Design and Construction. On November 27, 2012, Cornell Plantations will receive its LEED Gold plaque from Tracie Hall, the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Upstate New York Chapter in a small ceremony.