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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Hike our wooded trails under the big sky of our back fields or around our ponds. Please call ahead for availability. More
Date: Friday, October 24
Time: Nightfall
Place: Cayuga Nature Center
Internationally acclaimed Burmese multimedia artist Chaw Ei Thein will perform in tandem with a video installation by Emily Hong, Miasarah Lai, and Mariangela Mihai featuring the dynamic gestures of six women Yangon-based performance artists. A discussion and reception will follow. More
Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Visit the Sciencenter in costume and explore how science can get spooky with tricked-out exhibits, hands-on activities, and eerie demonstrations. More
Date: Sunday, October 26
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter

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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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