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Join us for guided beginner bird walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks last about 1.5 hours, and will take place weather permitting. Bring your binoculars and meet outside the observatory. There are some binoculars available to borrow. Please dress for the weather. Free. More
Date: Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 am
Place: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Bring us your most puzzling finds, from brachiopods to trilobites and funny looking rocks, and we'll help you identify them. More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: Museum of the Earth
Check out our many animals! We feed our snakes, turtles, birds, fish and mammals. Our staff of animal specialists will be available to answer your questions. General admission fees apply. More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center
In conjunction with beyond earth art - contemporary artists and the environment, Spring Into Action! will highlight proactive, observant, and environmentally conscious activities and local organizations. Click more for details. More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Learn how to build a simple electronic music synthesizer. Come early and make sure you get a seat at the workshop tables, space and supplies are limited! More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: The History Center
Elementary-aged children can build more than a lifelong love of reading. Children are invited to attend Legos at the Library, a weekly, free-build program. Legos at the Library encourages children to use their imaginations or Lego books from the TCPL collection to create their own Lego art! The Library will provide the Legos, and pieces created will be displayed at the Library for one week. More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Join Ithaca High School's Green Team to get the scoop on the creativity of compost. Try your hand at kid-friendly activities that explain composting. More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter
Lamar Herrin, a Cornell creative writing professor emeritus, will read from his recent novel Fractures, which mines the hydrofracking controversy through the effects it has on a patriarch and his family. More
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Join us for an educational talk on the anatomy and behavior of freshwater fish. Play Which Fish is Which? to discover who lives in the lake. Learn about the different types of lures, understand how they work, and even build your own! More
Date: Sunday, April 13
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center
Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! More
Date: Sunday, April 13
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter
Local high school students demonstrate a variety of awe-inspiring chemistry reactions, including disappearing ink, floating bubbles, and more! More
Date: Sunday, April 13
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter
Cornell SEED will be hosting a science program for children at the library! Check back soon for details. More
Date: Sunday, April 13
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Enjoy a family film and free popcorn! We will be showing Frozen. More
Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Room
A free, six-part writing workshop combining visual images and writing and facilitated by Irene 'Zee' Zahava will offer beginning and experienced writers an opportunity to create stories, poems, essays and memoirs by responding to unusual combinations of visual images and texts. This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. To register, contact Zahava at(607) 273-4675 or zee@twcny.rr.com. More
Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Community Room West
Speakers Dr. John L. Confer, Biology Department, Ithaca College, and Dr. Leann Kanda, co-analyst, Biology Department, IthacaCollege discuss an intensive banding effort that provides and the data trove for this tiny raptor. Doors open at 7:00 pm but seating is limited. Doors will close when room capacity is reached. More
Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Place: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Animal Time: Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Barnyard Tracks by Dee Dee Duffy and make pig masks. More
Date: Tuesday, April 15 and Friday, April 18
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Sciencenter
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener, a dog! Reading sessions with Sam, a hound mix, and DJ, a terrier, will be held weekly through April 29. This program is co-sponsored by Cornell Companions. More
Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell
From the Netherlands to Renaissance Rome: Jan Gossart’s 1508 Roman Sojourn. Maryan Ainsworth is curator of Early Netherlandish, French, and German painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and adjunct professor of the History of Art at Barnard College. She has specialized in the technical investigation of northern Renaissance paintings. More
Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 5:15 pm
Place: Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Experience the joy of noise-making with Miss Angie from Music and Motion! Through song, dance, and pretend play, Miss Angie will lead you and your child on an adventure into the world of creative expression. More
Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 11:00 am
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Programming Room
These informal, drop-in sessions offer a relaxed setting for non-native English speakers to practice conversation and listening skills. The meetings will help participants discover and access language-learning resources at the Library and in the community and provide a forum for information sharing. Snack and Chat sessions are free and open to individuals with the desire to improve their English or willing to serve as conversation partners for others. All ages and abilities are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. More
Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Community Room West
Area middle and high school students are invited to join our YA Book Club! We read and discuss the books that you choose. We will be discussing Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys this month; it will be available for pickup at the Youth Services Reference Desk. More
Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 4:45 - 5:45 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell
Primitive Pursuits believes the seeds of a deep connection to nature are in each of us from the time we are born. Come explore various nature themes through stories, crafts and activities. For children ages 3 to 5 and their families. More
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 11:00 am
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room

Discovery Trail News

Follow the Discovery Trail on Facebook at facebook.com/discoverytrail and Twitter@discoverytrail More
The Sciencenter is open Monday, April 14, 10 am to 5 pm. Join us every day during Spring Break at 11 am and 1 pm for hands-on activities. More
Celebrate 150 Years and Counting highlighting 150 years of Library service. This three-part exhibit includes: Artists in the Archives, Talk Tompkins and Diary of a Library: A Community Card Catalog of Pictures, Memories and Stories. More
beyond earth art and Food-Water-Life/Lucy+Jorge Orta both opening January 25 to June 8; Leo Villareal's Cosmos. More
Then and Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape on display till May 12 and In Nature's Wake: Documentations of Detail Drawings by Tim Angell through April 20. More
Experience life in the slow lane as you discover what it's like to be a turtle moving through different habitats in the exhibition, Turtle Travels at the Sciencenter. This upbeat, engaging exhibition features a life-sized board game among other fun exhibits to present a vital environmental message. Discover what you and your family can do to help protect turtles and their environment. More
Visit the Nevin Welcome Center during March and April to view watercolor paintings of trees and landscapes created by students of Camille Doucet in classes at Cornell Plantations. More
Family Storytime Saturdays, February 1 to April 26 at 11 am. Toddler Storytime Tuesdays, February 4 to April 29 at 11 am. Babies, Books and Bounce Fridays, February 7 to April 25 at 11 am and Baby and Toddler Playtime Tuesdays and Fridays, January 3 to April 29 at 11:30 am. All located in the Thaler/Howell Room. More
Kids Discover the Trail! provides curriculum based field trips to the eight sites of the Discovery Trail. With the conclusion of our 2013 school year, we have now served over 23,000 students in the Ithaca and Trumansburg school districts since the program started in 2005. More
Join our reference librarians for free, drop-in tutorials on using the OverDrive Digital Download service for downloading eBooks and audiobooks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads, smartphones or other app-based devices each Wednesday from 11:00 am to Noon or Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Participants will need a valid Library card and password to download items to their devices. Nook users who own laptops are also asked to bring their laptops along. More
Public tours of the Museum's permanent exhibition gallery. Mondays at 11:30am, Fridays at 11:30 am, and Saturdays at 11am. Included with Museum admission. More
The second version Discovery Trail iPhone App is available on the App Store. The Discovery Trail iPhone app provides information on-the-go to keep you in touch with the Trail's events, suggested itineraries, and member information such as hours, location and contact information. Also included is a live interactive Google map of member locations. More

Discovery Trail Calendars

For more news and events, see the individual organization calendars