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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Upcoming Trail Events

Aurore Ballengee will teach families about insects and what's been going on inside the Love Motel sculpture since it was put on the Museum's lawn in January. Recommended for ages 3–11. Free for Johnson Museum Members/$5 per family for nonmembers. Space is limited. More
Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Bring a picnic lunch and join us to learn about the history of this one-of-a-kind school with birthday cake and more. More
Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Eight Square Schoolhouse, Upper Hanshaw Road, just off Rte. 13 North
Go bananas exploring the fun and fascinating world of fruits! Enjoy hands-on activities, music, and food at this free learning festival. More
Date: Sunday, September 21
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: Cornell Plantations, F. R. Newman Arboretum

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

Jie (Boundaries): Contemporary Art from Taiwan on display August 16 to December 21; Surrealism and Magic on display August 30 to December 21 and Leo Villareal's ongoing Cosmos. 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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