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Become a Volunteer Tour Guide at Cornell Plantations!

Published: 
8 weeks 3 days ago
Cornell Plantations is offering a spring training program for those interested in becoming a volunteer garden docent (tour guide) for our adult group tour program. 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 to a large and diverse audience throughout the spring, summer and early fall.
 
Applicants are asked to commit to a weekly training program, which will take place on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at the Nevin Welcome Center, from April 1 through May 13, as well as three additional trainings over the summer. Training is free and all materials will be provided.
 
A love of plants, gardens and 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, Adult Education & Volunteer Coordinator, at km274@cornell.edu, or call (607) 254-7430.

You can find out more about our volunteer program and other volunteer opportunities, and fill out our online volunteer application form HERE.

Meet the Conifers on Saturday, January 31

Published: 
11 weeks 2 days ago
Join conifer gardener Phil Syphrit on an easy walk through a portion of Cornell Plantations’ conifer collection in our botanical garden. The tour will highlight conifers, both native and non-native to the Ithaca area, including yew, metasequoia, concolor fir, larch and cedar. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Date/time: Saturday, January 31, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 (free for members, volunteers and Cornell students) Pre-registration is not required.
Instructor: Phil Syphrit, staff gardener
Location: Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center

For more information call 607-255-2400

Cyanotype botanical prints on display at the Nevin Welcome Center

Published: 
11 weeks 4 days ago
Now through the end of February, cyanotype botanical prints by Laurie Snyder will be on dislplay in the Nevin Welcome Center. Laurie Snyder is an Ithaca resident and former photography faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She will be exhibiting botanical cyanotypes (also called blueprints). The cyanotype process is one of the earliest photographic processes, introduced in England around 1840.  The images are based on the light sensitivity of iron salts and are blue and white. Most of the images were made in Ithaca with plant material collected near her home and from Cornell Plantations. 

Happy Holidays!

Published: 
14 weeks 5 hours ago

We love the way you've seen us through the years. Click here to view our holiday card featuring pictures taken by visitors.

Pop-up artisan market and holiday sale today!

Published: 
14 weeks 4 days ago
Just in time to wrap up your holiday shopping, we are hosting a pop-up artisan market from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the garden gift shop. Join us for this unique shopping experience and you can enjoy free Gimme Coffee or Harney & Son Tea while you shop.

Local artisans include:

Spirit and Kitsch: paintings, cards and prints
String & Tooth Letterpress: Hand printed goods
Jeri Nyrop: Fabric bowls, aprons and other handmade goods
Laurel O'Brien: Artisan Jewelry
Rachel Philipson Photography and Design: Cards, prints, and other unique photo gifts

Plus, you will receive an extra 20% off most items in the gift shop (40% off for members!)

Youth educator Raylene Ludgate receives CALS Core Values Award

Published: 
14 weeks 4 days ago

For over 30 years, Raylene Ludgate has been an inspiration to others around her. She was recognized for this at the 11th annual Research, Extension and Staff awards on November 10th. Read more in the CALS Notes blog "Plantations youth ed leader Ludgate honored for decades of inspiration."

Arboretum now closed to vehicles for winter

Published: 
15 weeks 4 hours ago

The F. R. Newman Arboretum is now closed to vehicle traffic. Please don't let that stop you from enjoying the arboretum this winter. Parking is available at the Mundy Wildflower Garden parking lot off of Caldwell Road at the intersection with Forest Home Drive, which is directly across from the arboretum.

Pedestrians are welcome to explore the arboretum every day from dawn to dusk. Vehicle access will begin again in the srping. Happy winter!

Nevin Welcome Center closing early on December 12

Published: 
15 weeks 1 day ago

The Nevin Welcome Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Friday, December 12 for a staff holiday party. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tree Theft at Cornell Plantations

Published: 
16 weeks 2 hours ago
On Thursday, December 4, 2015, Phil Syphrit, Curator of the Conifer Collection at Cornell Plantations, noticed that a white spruce tree (Picea glauca) was stolen from the collection. Sadly, this is an all to often occurrence during the holiday season.

Would you steal a Picasso from the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University? If your answer is no, then you shouldn’t steal a tree or even a plant from Cornell Plantations.  

For the past 70 years, Plantations has served as a living museum on Cornell’s campus. It’s collections have been carefully cultivated to provide visitors with a world class public garden experience. When a tree or plant is lost to theft it is like losing a unique work of art. Please go to your local Christmas tree stand to purchase a tree that was harvested for this purpose.  

“During the holidays, many of us enjoy the tradition of decorating our homes and workplaces with ornaments, trees, and other symbols of the season,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations. “This is a time of giving. Unfortunately, others seem to see it as a time of taking. It is disappointing that recently, and in the past, some lost souls have deemed it appropriate to steal conifers from our collections, presumably for Christmas trees. Given that we are part of the Cornell University community, of educated and thoughtful citizens, it is all the more disappointing.  Please share the joy of the season with family, friends, and colleagues.”



Click here to view a News 10 Now interview with Phil Syphrit, curator of the Conifer Collection.

If you have any information regarding the theft of this tree please contact Cornell University Police at 607-255-1111. 

Cascadilla Gorge Trail closed for winter

Published: 
16 weeks 2 hours ago
The Cascadilla Gorge Trail from Downtown to College Avenue is now closed for winter. The trail is closed due to hazardous conditions from snow, ice, and falling rock that create unsafe conditions. The trail will re-open in the spring when conditions allow.

Although the gorge is closed, you can tour it virtually using Google's Street View feature. Click here for a 360 degree view in front of one of the gorge's waterfalls. To view more points in the gorge, click on the yellow “pegman” in the bottom right corner and drag it to a point on the trail!

Read more about the Google Street View project here.