Natural Areas

Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Natural Areas program stewards more than 3400 acres of preserves, from Fall Creek and Cascadilla gorges and Beebe Lake—the very icons of Cornell—to remote hilltops of old-growth forest and quiet wildflower-strewn fens that rarely see a human visitor.

Our Natural Areas

Our Natural AreasExplore our collection of nature preserves that represent the full range of ecological habitats found in the Finger Lakes Region for research and teaching at Cornell and beyond. Read more

Natural Areas Academy

Natural Areas AcademyBecome a certified Natural Areas Steward, and then help manage Cornell Botanic Gardens natural areas and train others to do the same. Read more

Invasive Species Control

Invasive Species ControlProtecting native plants from invasive plants and pests is a major focus of our Natural Areas program. Read more


ResearchWe conduct and coordinate research by the scientific community to better understand pressing conservation issues. Read more

Plant Conservation

Learn about Cornell Botanic Gardens plant conservation work to help safeguard our region’s rarest plants. Read more

Cornell University Deer Management Program

Deer Management ProgramOur preservation efforts include deer management to protect and restore our natural areas. Read more

Take it outside: Explore gardens and natural areas on campus and beyond

Take it outside: Explore gardens and natural areas on campus and beyondLooking for maps for a variety of hiking and running routes around campus along with safe places to swim nearby? Read more