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Kids Discover the Trail!

Thank you!

Community support makes Kids Discover the Trail! possible. The Discovery Trail is expanding the program to reach all public school elementary students in Tompkins County. During the 2018-19 school year, students from ​Dryden, ​​​Groton​, ​Ithaca,​ ​Lansing, Newfield and Trumansburg school districts will participate in KDT!

As the Discovery Trail continues to expand the Kids Discover the Trail! (KDT!) to include all elementary students in Tompkins County, we appreciate our supporters in all communities now more than ever. The Discovery Trail is leading the fundraising efforts that will make this growth possible. We will continue to engage donors who have contributed to KDT! through the Ithaca Public Education Initiative and Trumansburg Central School District Foundation in the past, as well as seek additional support from those who value experience based learning across Tompkins County schools.

Your charitable gift of any amount is welcomed and needed.

Join these generous donors to help bring equal access to experience based learning for​ ​all​ ​elementary students in Tompkins County!

Individual, Corporate, and Foundation Donors ($500 and up)

  • Anonymous
  • Anne Marie Bleach
  • BorgWarner Morse Systems
  • Jim and Terry Byrnes
  • Cornell University
  • Friends of the Tompkins County Library
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Ithaca Public Education Initiative
  • J. M. McDonald Foundation Inc.
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • M&T Bank
  • Newfield School Distict Donor
  • Park Foundation
  • Security Mutual Insurance Co​mpany​
  • Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund of the Community Foundation
  • Tompkins Trust Company
  • Triad Foundation
  • Raymond & Margaret Van Houtte Education Fund of the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund
  • Trumansburg Central School District Foundation
  • Trumansburg Elementary School PTO
  • Trumansburg Middle School PTO
  • United Way Youth and Philanthropy
  • United Way Community Cares Fund
  • Jennifer Engel and Larry Young
  • Marshall and Amalie McCormick
  • Community Foundation's Mertle Dee Nash Memorial Fund
  • Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund

Individual, Corporate, and Foundation Donors (up to $500)

  • Beth Anderson
  • Susan Blumenthal and David Kreinick
  • Jackie and Joe Cassaniti
  • Millicent and Willoughby Clarke-Maynard
  • Barbara DeWall
  • Tom and Barbara Dimock
  • Judy Epstein
  • Mary and Brad Grainger
  • G​reenstar
  • Randi Beckmann and John Hoffmann
  • ​I​thaca Teachers Association
  • Marshall McCormick
  • Anne and Ed McLaughlin
  • Jean McPheeters​
  • Barbara Page
  • Margaret and Frank Robinson
  • Laurie Rubin
  • William Schulze
  • Judy Steele
  • Jodi Wadach


How You Can Participate

Make a Gift:
Mail check (payable to Discovery Trail/KDT) to:
110 North Tioga St.
Suite 204 B
Ithaca, NY 14850

For volunteer or more information please email: admin@discoverytrail.com

To make a donation online:


kids readingKids Discover the Trail! provides experience-based programs at 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. Several grades in ​Dryden Central School District (DCSD), ​Groton Central School District(GCSD), Lansing Central School District (LCSD) and Newfield Central School District​ ​(NCSD) also participate. The Discovery Trail is working to expand the program to the reach all public school elementary students in Tompkins County.

Collaboration between the eight Discovery Trail institutions, local foundations such as IPEI and TCSD, area school districts, PTA groups, and other local nonprofits makes it possible to deliver and fund these field trips.

Kids Discover the Trail! is funded by gifts from local foundations, businesses, community members, and is supported by ​DCSD, ​GCSD, ICSD, NCSD, LCSD and TCSD.

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Connecting Elementary Schools
and the Discovery Trail

A Collaboration of

Dryden Central School District​

Groton Central School District

Ithaca's Discovery Trail

Ithaca City School District

Ithaca Public Education Initiative

Lansing Central School District

Newfield Central School District

Trumansburg Central School District

Trumansburg Central School District Foundation

Program Sites:

You can read about KDT! Ithaca, download the brochure and watch videos of the programs at Ithaca Public Education Initiative's website.

You can read about KDT! Trumansburg at Trumansburg Kids Explore & Discover (TKED).