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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Stop by to watch and talk with experienced textile experts Nancy Ostman and Kathy Carman as they document coverlets in The History Center's collection. More
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Place: The History Center in Tompkins County
Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to a Spanish language storytime! Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes all in Spanish. Afterward, stay for play and social time. More
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Angela Campbell, assistant paper conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss pursuing a career as a conservator of works of art on paper. More
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 5:15 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Hear the story A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni and then make invisible art. More
Date: Friday, February 27
Time: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Place: Sciencenter
Hike our wooded trails under the big sky of our back fields or around our ponds. Find out who is awake and stirring under the moonlight. No need to bring a flashlight—you'll be surprised how much you see without one! Please call ahead for availability (607) 273-6260). $5 suggested donation. More
Date: Friday, February 27
Time: Nightfall
Place: Cayuga Nature Center

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

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during February, Christie Sobel will be painting four horses from the Stewart Park Merry-Go-Round at The History Center. The City of Ithaca now owns the Merry-Go-Round and this winter, Christie will repaint the horses to be ready for summer enjoyment at the park by old and young alike. Come and see how it is done and talk with Christie about her work. More

Now through June 2015, Quirks of Nature explores the wonderfully strange yet relatable world of wild plants and animals featuring comics by science communicator Rosemary Mosco. More

Come hang out in the trees at our winter/spring exhibition. Create a forest sound symphony on the Animal Dance Floor, design and build a model tree house, become an animal tracker as you hunt for signs left by bear, raccoon and skunk, and more! 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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