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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Hear the story How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, and then make a dinosaur. More
Date: Tuesday, October 21 and Friday, October 24
Time: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Place: Sciencenter
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener - a dog! More
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Get your mind in gear for NaNoWriMo with our writing workshops for teens! Please register by contacting Regina at 272-4557 ext. 274 or rdemauro@tcpl.org More
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell
Join us as we host an original play by County Historian Carol Kammen. More
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 6:45 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Community Room
Join us for a special lecture by former Hawai'i Governor, Linda Lingle, who will explain how the Aloha State's geography, regulatory regime and dire need to end its first-in-the-nation reliance on imported oil coincided with bipartisan political leadership, community enthusiasm for change, and help from the Federal Government to transform itself from the most oil-dependent state in America to a national and international leader and test bed for sustainable, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. She will also share her thoughts on how Hawai’i will reach its goal of 70% clean energy by 2030. More
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Cornell University, Warren Hall Auditorium, B25

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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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