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Celebrate Judy’s Day

Go Bananas! at Cornell Plantations

Celebrate Judy’s Day: Exploring the Fun & Fascinating World of Fruits!


On Sunday, September 21st from 1 to 5 pm join us for the Judy’s Day Learning Festival that celebrates the life and legacy of Judy Abrams. Free parking is available at the Cornell B-Lot off Route 366 (near Vet school) with shuttles to take you to the event.

The Judy’s Day theme this year is “Exploring the Fun & Fascinating World of Fruits” focusing on the vital role fruit plays in our lives and in our health. Visitors can get pollinated in our interactive pollination tent, shop in our all fruit play mart, get lost in our fruit maze, jam with fruit instruments, taste banana sushi and exotic bread fruit, grind chocolate nibs, crawl through The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, explore the weird and wacky fruit museum, craft a gourd necklace, and much, much more. All while learning what makes a fruit a fruit, the ecological role of fruits in the ecosystem, the diversity of fruits, and how fruit is part of a healthy lifestyle.

“The Judy’s Day Learning Festival is a signature event for Plantations,” states Raylene Ludgate, youth education coordinator and planner of Judy’s Day. “Every year we celebrate Judy Abrams’ life and legacy through this family event and corresponding programming in classrooms throughout Tompkins County. A dedicated Judy’s Day committee plans the unique programming which is brought to life by an army of dedicated Plantations volunteers and friends as well as experts from both the community and Cornell. We hope you will join us for an amazing afternoon of education and great fun!”

Cornell Plantations celebrates Judy’s Day in memory of Judy Abrams. Judy loved children and visited classrooms teaching them about Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was an avid quilter and gardener as well as a great friend to Plantations before she passed away in 1996. This program started through the generosity of Judy’s family and friends, to celebrate Judy's love of life, work, kids, and the natural world. Judy’s Day has greatly expanded by generous grants from the Saquish Foundation and SIRUS Fund.

No admission is charged for Judy’s day, but we ask participants to “pay what they can”.  Suggested donations of $5 per adult, or $10 per family will go towards keeping great programming like Judy’s Day accessible to our community. 

Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. For more information call 607-255-2400, or visit cornellplantations.org. Stay connected with Cornell Plantations: find us on Facebook at facebook.com/cornellplantations; follow us on Twitter @CUintheGarden; follow us on Instagram @cornellplantations; follow us on Tumblr at cornellplantations.tumblr.com.