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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Learn about the science of appearance in a series of walks on the Nature Center's Tree Phenology Trail. Participants will become citizen scientists while observing the wildflowers blooming, the arrival of the first robin, and trees leafing out after a long winter, and will record observations that will be sent to the USA National Phenology Network. More
Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center
Children are invited to attend this weekly, free-build Lego program. The Library will provide the Legos, and pieces created will be displayed at the Library for one week. More
Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Sundays in April. Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! Materials provided by Cornell Xraise. More
Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter

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

Here is a link to article 8 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

Tompkins County Public Library, in celebration of Cornell University's Charter Day, will host Cornell Off Campus: The Impact of Cornellians on Tompkins County, a photographic exhibit featuring Cornell alumni, faculty and friends. More

Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust from April 18 to June 14; 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

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

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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