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Upcoming Trail Events

Animal Time: Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Barnyard Tracks by Dee Dee Duffy and make pig masks. More
Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Sciencenter
Are you interested in the science behind (and underneath!) glaciers? Join PRI for our Glacier Lecture Series! Our final lecture for the series features Laura Faye Tenenbaum, Education Specialist - Earth Science Communications Team, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More
Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Museum of the Earth
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 19 and Sunday, April 20
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 am
Place: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Join Cecil for our annual dinosaur egg hunt in the Museum. Activities are included with Museum admission. More
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Place: Museum of the Earth
Spend the day journaling in watercolor, capturing the early spring forms of different plants in the botanical garden. Pre-registration is required. More
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Place: Cornell Plantations, Botanical Garden
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 19
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center
Children who are learning English as a new Language in grades K-4 are invited to discover the wind, weather, and wildlife of the African plain through literature, art, and drama! This event will be hosted by Dr. Cathrene Connery's Second Language Acquisition class from Ithaca College's Department of Education. More
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner East
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 19
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Explore the universal laws of physics with hands-on activites about flow of electricity, bending of light, movement of air, and shape of speed! More
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Sciencenter
NEW TIME! Ne(x)tworks, a contemporary music ensemble from New York City, will present John Cage's iconic Song Books at the Johnson as part of a three-day residency in Cornell's Department of Music. More
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Place: Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
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 21
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Community Room West
We'll be talking about Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks; pick up a copy at the Youth Services Reference Desk at TCPL and join us at our new location to talk about it! Refreshments and snacks are provided. More
Date: Monday, April 21
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Place: New Location at Roots Charter School, 116 North Cayuga Street
American crows have followed us into our suburban and urban neighborhoods, making them one of our most familiar birds. But they have socially intricate lives, with more complex goals than converging at your local dumpster. Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Anne B. Clark, Binghamton University, will tell some of their stories. Doors open at 7:00 pm but seating is limited. Doors will close when room capacity is reached. More
Date: Monday, April 21
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Place: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Tactile Time: Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story Little Cloud by Eric Carle and make a textured collage of the water cycle. More
Date: Tuesday, April 22 and Friday, April 25
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 22
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell
In celebration of Earth Day, get a guided look at Brandon Ballengée's installation Love Motel for Insects on the Museum grounds, then explore the student landscape project Rooted on Libe Slope. More
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Stacia Humby, of The Enchanted Badger, will be demonstrating TCPL's newly acquired designer board games. Join us and learn how to play Defenders of the Realm, Tales of the Arabian Nights, and Discworld: Ankh-Morpork. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. More
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Programming Room
THC will present the work of Ithaca College environmental history students. With news of human-induced environmental change increasingly in the news, the latest installment of this history project offers insights into the historical relationship between people and the local environment. More
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Place: The History Center, 401 E. State St., Ste. 100
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 24
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
If you haven't been to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology lately, make it a point to stop into our visitor center. You can do a little indoor birding at our expansive new mural by artist James Prosek. The Wall of Silhouettes spans the entire length and height of the observatory's north wall and includes the shapes of 140 bird species in 7 habitats. The artwork is a tribute to the bird watching culture and the many contributions amateur birders have made to ornithology. 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. 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