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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Arthur Wheelock, curator of Northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, will speak in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection. More
Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 5:15 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Join TCPL and the Ithaca City of Asylum for our annual program celebrating the freedom to read. More
Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Community Room
Join us for guided beginner bird walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks last about 1.5 hours, and will take place weather permitting. More
Date: Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Place: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd

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

Here is a link to article 3 out of a series of 10 that will appear in Tompkins Weekly each month of the 2014-15 school year. Check out what makes KDT! so special. More

Three exhibits will be on display through December 16: Montage Histories: Tompkins County, New York, through Photographs 1864-2014; Tompkins County in a Time of War: On the Home Front and on the Battlefield; and Mightier than the Sword: The Impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. 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. 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

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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