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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Sundays in June. Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! Materials provided by Cornell Xraise. More
Date: Sunday, June 28
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter
Enjoy a free family film, popcorn and air conditioning! We will be showing Big Hero 6. More
Date: Monday, June 29
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room

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Get up close and personal with colorful, intricate, and ancient fossils with Ancient Microworlds, a photography exhibit shattering the barrier between science and art! Scientist Giraud Foster and artist Normal Barker worked collaboratively for twelve years, using light-scanning macrographic equipment of their own design, to capture the rich patterns and colors of fossilized organisms. On display June 19 to September 15. More

Registration is still open. Enroll now with seven camps (ages 3 to 14) and a CIT program there are many opportunities. Take a look at our camp brochure and register online today. More

This exhibition embodies the essence of a history museum's mission, and in so doing, shows the many ways there are to tell the story of our local community. On display through September 2015 at The History Center in Tompkins County. More

Here is a link to the final article in our series of ten that have been posted in Tompkins Weekly each month of the 2014-15 school year. Check out what makes KDT! so special. More

Encounter more than a dozen hands-on experiences when you enter the fascinating world of materials science. Experiment with amorphous metal structures and learn how they're shaping the future of metals around us. Make a pool of magnetic fluid dance or zoom in to 30x magnification and observe the structure of items you use each day. More

Tompkins County Public Library, in celebration of Cornell University's Charter Day, will host Cornell Off Campus: The Impact of Cornellians on Tompkins County, a photographic exhibit featuring Cornell alumni, faculty and friends on display till July 31. 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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