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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On display till April 30, a new exhibit of photographs by Andrew Johnson and Luke Seitz. Their images capture the unique flora and fauna found in landscapes without trees. When you climb high enough, or travel far enough north or south, you reach a point where the planet is simply too harsh for trees to grow. In this void, life gets interesting. Available for viewing during regular visitor center hours. More
Professor and artist Jack Elliott created three wood sculptures that were once part of a living heritage tree located in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, known as the Treman Weeping Willow. 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
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.