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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Non-native English speakers are invited to join us for these free, informal drop-in sessions. More
Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Place: Tompkins County Public Library, BorgWarner Community Room
Dominique N. Surh, the curator and director of research for the Leiden Collection, will discuss how this important collection of Dutch paintings was formed. An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection is on view now through June 21. The entire Museum is open Thursdays until 8:00 pm through April 30. More
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 5:15 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Enjoy food, music, crafts, vendors, and fun educational programs. There will also be live animal programs featuring the debut of Ace, the NEW Red Tail Hawk! And don't forget the long-time favorite maple-tapping demonstrations, and a self-guided hike along the Sugarbush Trail. Admission charged. More
Date: Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center

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

Developed by Lehman Alternative Community School seniors Owen Lennon, Keegan Bakos, Billie Jo Frank, Adrienne Wooster, Adrian Clavel, Caleb Lucas, Michael Belle and Violet Briggs as part of their graduation project, Inspiring Ithacans includes photographs and portions of interviews with dozens of locals whose small selfless acts benefit the entire community on display in the Library's Avenue of the Friends through the end of March. The Cornell Boys (and Girls) in the Boat, made possible by Cornell University Athletics, features a two-man scull and other artifacts and images of Cornell rowing dating back to the 1930s on display thru April. More

Professor and artist Jack Elliott created three wood sculptures that were once part of a living heritage tree located in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, known as the Treman Weeping Willow. More

Three exhibits: Staged, Performed, Manipulated, This is no less curious: Journeys through the Collection and Margaret Bourke-White: From Cornell Student to Visionary Photojournalist from January 24 to June 7; Cast and Present: Replicating Antiquity in the Museum and the Academy from January 31 to July 19; An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection till June 21 and Leo Villareal's ongoing Cosmos. 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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