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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Hear the story The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley and Eric Carle and build a paper plate turtle. More
Date: Friday, January 23
Time: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Place: Sciencenter
Hike our wooded trails under the big sky of our back fields or around our ponds. Find out who is awake and stirring under the moonlight. No need to bring a flashlight, you'll be surprised how much you see without one! Please call ahead for availability (607) 273-6260). $5 suggested donation. More
Date: Friday, January 23
Time: nightfall
Place: Cayuga Nature Center

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

Now through June 2015, Quirks of Nature explores the wonderfully strange yet relatable world of wild plants and animals featuring comics by science communicator Rosemary Mosco. More

Come hang out in the trees at our winter/spring exhibition. Create a forest sound symphony on the Animal Dance Floor, design and build a model tree house, become an animal tracker as you hunt for signs left by bear, raccoon and skunk, and more! More

Three exhibits: Staged, Performed, Manipulated, This is no less curious: Journeys through the Collection and Margaret Bourke-White: From Cornell Student to Visionary Photojournalist from January 24 to June 7; Cast and Present: Replicating Antiquity in the Museum and the Academy from January 31 to July 19; An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection till June 21 and Leo Villareal's ongoing Cosmos. More

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer will run through May 31 and the next installation of Captains, Commerce, and Community featuring boats and boat building through August 29. More

kids discover the trail

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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