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Judd Falls Road closure may affect your route to Cornell Plantations from September 22nd through October 1st

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3 years 30 weeks ago

If you are planning to visit Wednesday September 22 through Friday October 1st, please be aware that Judd Falls Road between Forest Home Drive and Tower Road will be closed during construction working hours from during from 7 am to 5 pm.

Alternate Route: In leiu of accessing Plantations Road to the Botanical Garden via Judd Falls Road, we suggest accessing Plantations Road from Caldwell Road, just east of Judd Falls Road, or from Forest Home Drive, at the west end of Plantations Road.

Detour signs will be posted to assist with traffic around the road closure.

New Fall Programs and Classes are now Online

Published: 
3 years 33 weeks ago

Watercolors, garlic, trees and more await your discovery at Cornell Plantations this fall! Our schedule of classes, programs and lectures for Fall 2010 is now online. You may peruse the schedule and learn more about these programs by visiting our calendar page.  Once on the calendar, you may click on the name of a program for a full description. If there is a charge for the program, you may begin the registration process by clicking the "Add To Cart" button on the right side of the page.

For more information about our adult education programs and tours, please contact Kevin Moss at km274@cornell.edu, or call (607) 254-7430

Restoration work continues on Cascadilla Gorge trails

Published: 
3 years 34 weeks ago

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.

Plantations' Fall Lecture Series Kicks Off September 1!

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3 years 36 weeks ago

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.  

Cornell Bridge Fencing Information

Published: 
3 years 40 weeks ago

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."

New! Play a game using SCVNGR at Cornell Plantations!

Published: 
3 years 41 weeks ago

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!

View an interview with wildflower gardener Krissy Faust on Cornell Cast.

Published: 
3 years 42 weeks ago

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.

Here for Reunion Weekend? Here's what you can do at Plantations!

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3 years 45 weeks ago

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.

Rhododendrons blooming NOW!

Published: 
3 years 48 weeks ago

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!

Rhododendrons in bloom on Comstock Knoll.

Join us to view the award-winning documentary "Where do the Children Play?"

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3 years 48 weeks ago

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.