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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The Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) hosts their 3rd Annual Humanities Showcase, where students can present their projects and research findings from disciplines in all areas of the humanities. And students from Cornell's American Studies Program will discuss Photography and the American Dream during this roundtable event from 5:00-7:30 pm in the Lynch Conference Room on Floor 6. RSVP to american_studies@cornell.edu. Both are free and open to the public. The entire Museum is open Thursdays until 8:00 pm now through April 30. More
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Place: Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to two days of weather and climate related activities. Enjoy family friendly activities and speakers, including special guests, comic artist Rosemary Mosco, featured artist in the Museum of the Earth's Quirks of Nature exhibit, as well as Climate Change expert Toby Ault. All events are included with regular admission. More
Date: Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Place: Cayuga Nature Center and Museum of the Earth
Discover what life was like in Ithaca at the time of Cornell's Charter signing, with hands-on activities based on the diaries of local youth from the 1860's! Taste delicate cake, make a broom, play old-fashioned games, learn about Forest Home’s water mills and more. Special guest will be family-friendly musician Dave Ruch playing period songs to sing and move to. $5 per person, $10 per family; FREE for members. More
Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: Cornell Plantations, Nevin Welcome Center

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

The Discovery Trail congratulates Cornell University on their 150th anniversary of educating students in our community. Check out the events and exhibitions at our sites in honor of this milestone. More

Here is a link to article 8 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

Tompkins County Public Library, in celebration of Cornell University's Charter Day, will host Cornell Off Campus: The Impact of Cornellians on Tompkins County, a photographic exhibit featuring Cornell alumni, faculty and friends. More

The Museum will be open until 8:00 pm this Sunday, April 26 and on Monday, April 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm for Charter Day weekend. Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust from April 18 to June 14; 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

On display till April 30, a new exhibit of photographs by Andrew Johnson and Luke Seitz. Their images capture the unique flora and fauna found in landscapes without trees. When you climb high enough, or travel far enough north or south, you reach a point where the planet is simply too harsh for trees to grow. In this void, life gets interesting. Available for viewing during regular visitor center hours. 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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