Cornell Plantations is an area of great natural beauty that includes an arboretum, a botanic garden, and natural areas--all of which are part of Cornell University.
Our 25-acre botanical garden features 14 specialty gardens, including herbs, flowers, heritage vegetables, international crops, rock garden plants, rhododendrons, peonies, perennials, ornamental grasses, ground covers, and plants with winter interest.
The F. R. Newman Arboretum features a wide range of both native and cultivated varieties of trees and shrubs that are hardy in New York State. Our collections include maples, oaks, crabapples, conifers, dogwoods, urban trees, and other species in a 100-acre pastoral setting. Specialty gardens in the arboretum include the Zucker Flowering Shrub Collection and the Treman Woodland walk.
Our natural areas include over 4000 acres of diverse habitats, both on- and off-campus. These sites, which number more than 40, range from three to 300 acres and include Beebe Lake, Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges, plus other wetlands, gorges, glens, meadows, bogs, and old-growth forest. These ecologically important areas are available for research, education, hiking, and nature study.
And the new Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is a fully accessible facility in which we welcome, orient, and educate our visitors, and provide the amenities that will enhance their experience. Amenities include a cafe and gift shop, art exhibits, and space for classes, workshops, meetings and special events. Designed to achieve Gold LEED certification, the Nevin Welcome Center opened to the public February 2011.