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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Join the Cornell Gorge Stewards on a hike of the beautiful Fall Creek Gorge. This event will not run in inclement weather. More
Date: Thursday, July 31
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Place: Meet at the corner of University Ave and Central Ave near the Johnson Museum of Art
This summer the Paleontological Research institution will be holding its annual “James Potorti Museum of the Earth/State Parks Gorge Walks” on five Fridays in August. More
Date: Friday, August 1
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Place: Watkins Glen State Park: meet at the main (lower) entrance, at the end of the parking lot near the trail
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear the story What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers and build a weather chart. More
Date: Friday, August 1
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Sciencenter
A special Gallery Night improvised performance by Moog musicians Josh Oxford and Scott Callan, accompanied by cellist Kayla Sewell, as part of the interactive exhibition that tells the story of Bob Moog and the development of the groundbreaking instruments bearing his name. More
Date: Friday, August 1
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: The History Center in Tompkins County

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

August 4-8, 2014 from 9 am to 5 pm. The History Center in Tompkins County is offering a Field School to the public led by Brant Venables, Binghamton University Doctoral Program. Click more for details and registration. More

Bold by Design: Art Quilts from the Collection of Jack Walsh on display July 5 to August 17 and Leo Villareal's ongoing Cosmos. More

Kids Discover the Trail! provides curriculum based field trips to the eight Discovery Trail sites. Our 10th year in Ithaca and 5th year in Tburg finished in June and we welcomed Groton this year with a 5th grade pilot to Cayuga Nature Center. We served 3,560 students this school year and over 26,600 students in the Groton, Ithaca and Trumansburg districts since the start of the program. More

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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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