One Plantations Road
Cornell Plantations is the arboretum, botanic garden, and natural areas of Cornell University—places of exceptional beauty, diversity, and opportunities for learning. Areas managed include over 3,400 acres of natural areas on and off campus including Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges, 100 acres in the F. R. Newman Arboretum and the 30 acres of botanical gardens. Visit our year-round Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center for visitor information as well as for gifts, coffee and refreshments.
Gorges, gardens and other natural areas around campus and throughout Ithaca are what make Cornell one of the most beautiful university campuses worldwide. Hiking, biking, swimming and cross-country skiing are just a few ways to Take It Outside and enjoy these beautiful landscapes. For hiking trails and running routes on campus, visit cornellplantations.org/trails. Cornell Plantations’ gardens, natural areas and public programs support Cornell’s academic mission and our staff can work with students, staff and faculty on independent studies, classes and research programs.
Cornell Plantations offers for-credit courses: PLHRT 4800 - Plantations Lecture Series and Independent Studies. PLHRT 4800 is a 1-credit S–U lecture series offered each fall featuring prominent national and international speakers. Independent Studies are available to students wishing to gain hands-on experience working and learning alongside Plantations staff. Cornell Plantations also offers noncredit classes and workshops such as botanical illustration, wellness programs, gardening techniques, and tours; visit www.cornellplantations.org, or call (607) 255-2400 for more information.
Since the 1990s, more than 150 university students have worked side by side with Plantations’ knowledgeable staff, learning and having fun as participants in Cornell Plantations’ summer internship program. Positions in horticulture, natural areas management, education and marketing are available each year, beginning after finals in May. All positions build on classroom learning through hands-on work while encouraging students’ interests in horticulture, outreach and the natural world. Visit the website for details.
Cornell Plantations offers a master of professional studies program in Public Garden Leadership in partnership with the Department of Horticulture. Visit the website for program details.
Planning a Visit
To discover all that is Cornell Plantations, visit www.cornellplantations.org or stop by our Nevin Welcome Center located in the botanical garden off of Judd Falls Road and Plantations Road.