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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Children of all ages and their families are invited to join us for a ghostly shadow puppet musical by Miss Angie from Music and Motion. This Halloween-themed show will be packed with spooky (but not too spooky) songs and stories. More
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 am
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell
Join Jonathan Eburne, associate professor of comparative literature and English at Penn State for a lecture on Poetic Wisdom: Surrealism, Magic, and the Human Sciences. More
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Liberty Hyde Bailey is most frequently remembered as a pioneering horticultural scientist. But his most important legacy is his prophetic ecological and civic vision, expressed throughout his life work as a publicly engaged scholar. Join land-grant historian Scott Peters as he unearths wisdom and lessons in Bailey's work that can inspire and guide the ways we approach the ecological and civic challenges of our time. More
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Statler Auditorium, Cornell University
Join us for a fun-filled evening of Halloween science. Enjoy activities such as liquid nitrogen ice cream, gazing at stars and learn fun facts about astronomy. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and earn your treats by learning a few tricks! $10 adults, $7 students and seniors, $5 youth, and members are half price. More
Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: Museum of the Earth

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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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