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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We have all sorts of fun planned for visitors of all ages, including games and activities for children plus interactive exhibits, live birds from the Cornell Raptor Program, and information about the incredible journeys birds take each fall and spring. This year’s event is also tied to Cornell Homecoming and there will be shuttles between the Lab and campus during the day. Free admission. More
Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Place: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
After a short introduction from Moog expert Professor Trevor Pinch, try your hand at making a simple electronic music instruments with Taylan Cihan. No prior knowledge is necessary and all parts are free. Come early and make sure you get a seat at the workshop tables, space and supplies are limited. More
Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: The History Center in Tompkins County
Get your mind in gear for NaNoWriMo with our writing workshops for teens! Please register by contacting Regina at 272-4557 ext. 274 or rdemauro@tcpl.org More
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell

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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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