Welcome to Ithaca's Discovery Trail

From peaceful walks to famous talks, from hands-on fun to genealogical research, there's so much to see and do along the Discovery Trail. These eight fascinating sites are an easy drive from downtown Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Cayuga Lake and other Finger Lakes attractions.

The Discovery Trail Partnership is a group of educational organizations based in Ithaca, NY. The only organization of its kind, the Discovery Trail promotes awareness and understanding of the connections among art, history, literature, science, and the natural world.

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Upcoming Trail Events

Hear the story Snowballs by Lois Ehlert and create snowflakes. More
Date: Tuesday, September 30 and Friday, October 3
Time: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Place: Sciencenter
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener - a dog! More
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Frank Robinson, former director of the Johnson Museum and a scholar of seventeenth-century Dutch art, will give a special Members-only tour of An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection. This event is free to Johnson Museum Members, but space is limited. Please contact Jennifer Ryan at jjr29@cornell.edu or 607 254-4586. More
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 5:15 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Learn and practice English through casual conversation. Light refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome! More
Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner West
It's your library, if you don't like it, change it! Join other teens to make the library your own. TAG members help choose materials and plan events for middle and high schoolers at TCPL. We meet the first Wednesday of every month. More
Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
For George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions. Join award-winning historian Andrea Wulf for a beautifully illustrated talk looking at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude to plants, gardens, and agriculture shaped the American nation. More
Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Statler Auditorium, Cornell University

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Follow the Discovery Trail on Facebook at facebook.com/discoverytrail and Twitter@discoverytrail More

As 2014 comes to an end, TCPL continues the celebration of its Sesquicentennial by presenting the American Library Association's traveling exhibit that offers an intriguing perspective of the challenges America's much-heralded 16th president faced during the Civil War. On display September 16 to October 31. More

Challenge your brain and problem-solving skills with an array of mind-bending mazes, mathematical conundrums, and baffling puzzles at our fall exhibition, Brain Teasers 2 opening September 27. More

Sundays from September 28 to November 23 the Tompkins County Public Library will be open from 1-5 pm. More

Kids Discover the Trail! provides curriculum based field trips to the eight Discovery Trail sites. Our 10th year in Ithaca and 5th year in Tburg finished in June and we welcomed Groton this year with a 5th grade pilot to Cayuga Nature Center. We served 3,560 students this school year and over 26,600 students in the Groton, Ithaca and Trumansburg districts since the start of the program. More

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Kids Discover the Trail! provides curriculum-based field trips to the eight Discovery Trail sites. Students receive a site-specific keepsake book to continue the learning experience at home and free family admission (where applicable) for a follow-up visit. The program is currently operating for all Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students in grades Pre-K through 5 and all Trumansburg Central School District (TCSD) students in grades Pre-K through 6.
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