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The Discovery Trail is a partnership of eight educational organizations serving Tompkins County, New York.

The partners include the

The Discovery Trail’s mission is to engage the curiosity of Tompkins County residents and visitors through nature, culture, science, and art.

Move your cursor over a one of the trail members to see its location. Click the trail member to go to the web site.

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Community Listening Project

The Community Listening Project was a two-year effort to discover what youth- related issues are most important to the residents of Tompkins County. The Discovery Trail began the project in October 2019 to support the possible development of a new, countywide program that has twin goals: continue the involvement of all Tompkins County youth in learning, after […]

Informal Learning Experiences

Informal Learning Experiences

The Discovery Trail: A Community Partnership for Museums and LibrariesBy Charlie Trautmann, Star Bressler, and Warren Allmon The Discovery Trail, a museum-library partnership, has for nearly two decades fostered cooperation among cultural institutions in Ithaca and Tompkins County, New York. In this article, we describe the partnership’s formation, mission, programs, growth, and impact, along with […]

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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 […]

Kids Discover The Trail

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 […]