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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Area middle and high school students are invited to join our book club. This month we will be reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Regina at 272-4557 ext. 274 or rdemauro@tcpl.org More
Date: Wednesday, December 17
Time: 4:45 - 5:45 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room
Hear the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell by Lucille Colandro and paint seashells. More
Date: Friday, December 19
Time: 10:30 - 11:00 am
Place: Sciencenter
Bring your family and friends, flashlights and jackets to celebrate the winter solstice! The winter festival will feature the lighting of TreeTops at 5 pm, a hike at 5:30 pm and presentation from Ryan Lau of Cornell University on the Winter Stars of Ithaca at 6 pm. Enjoy light refreshments, winter educational tables, and a special Nocturnal Wildlife Hike! All activities are included in Nature Center admission. More
Date: Saturday, December 20
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center

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Follow the Discovery Trail on Facebook at facebook.com/discoverytrail and Twitter@discoverytrail More

Here is a link to article 4 out of a series of 10 that will appear in Tompkins Weekly each month of the 2014-15 school year. Check out what makes KDT! so special. More

Now through June 2015, Quirks of Nature explores the wonderfully strange yet relatable world of wild plants and animals featuring comics by science communicator Rosemary Mosco. More

Join the fun at Tompkins County Public Library from December 13, 2014-January 31, 2015 with programs for infants, toddlers and school-aged readers. 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. 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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