Cayuga Nature Center
The Cayuga Nature Center is an educational institution addressing nature and environmental issues. It is located on the west side of Lake Cayuga in Tompkins County, New York. Discover nature! Hike more than five miles of scenic trails, climb a six-story tree house, watch and learn from live animals indoors and outdoors, and stroll through the nature exhibits. Exhibits at Cayuga Nature Center enhance the amazing educational resources the outdoor world provides. Visitors get to use use all of their senses to learn about the complexity of our environment, participate in preserving and protecting Earth’s resources, and more fully understand their roles in our world.
Address: 1420 Taughannock Blvd., (Rt 89), Ithaca, NY 14850
Hours: Summer: Daily: 9-5. Winter: Tues-Sun: 10-4
Museum of the Earth
The Museum of the Earth is a natural history museum located in Ithaca, New York. The museum was created in 2003 as part of the Paleontological Research Institution, which studies the history of the Earth and its life. They feature hands-on, kid-friendly exhibits & a vast collection of fossils, including a mastodon skeleton.
Address: 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Hours: Summer: Mon-Sat: 10-5; Sun: 11-5. Winter: Mon, Thurs-Sat: 10-5; Sun: 11- 5
Cornell Outdoor Education
The best way to learn solid outdoor skills is to get out with experienced outdoorsfolks, and Cornell’s Outdoor Education department offers this and much more. Whether you’re into mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, xc-skiing, or tree climbing, COE may just have the class or clinic for you to take. Or, are you looking to share your knowledge with others? Apply to be an instructor!
Address: Phillips Outdoor Program Center, B01 Bartels Hall, Campus Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853