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Cornell Botanic Gardens

Nevin Welcome Center

124 Comstock Knoll Drive
(607) 255-2400

Cornell Botanic Gardens showcases more than 50,000 plants in 150 acres of cultivated gardens and an arboretum, which include world-class collections of herbs, rhododendrons, conifers, maples, and oaks. Cornell Botanic Gardens also stewards 3,400 acres of natural area preserves on the Cornell campus and throughout the region, including the on-campus Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges and Beebe Lake. These collections, along with educational programs, support learning opportunities for all ages.  Visit our year-round Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center for visitor information, as well as for gifts and light refreshments.

Cornell Botanic Gardens’ 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, and

Cornell Botanic Gardens supports Cornell’s academic mission. Our staff work with students, staff, and faculty on independent studies, classes, and research projects.

Credit Courses

Cornell Botanic Gardens offers for-credit courses:

  • Cornell Botanic Gardens Fall Lecture Series, PLHRT 4800 , is a 1-credit S–U class offered each fall, featuring prominent speakers.
  • Independent Studies, PLHRT 4970 , are available to students wishing to gain hands-on experience working and learning alongside botanic gardens staff.
  • “Take I Outside” (PLHRT 4970 )–this class offers students the chance to explore the campus landscape, visiting a new place each week to learn about its history, what makes it unique, and how it can help you succeed at Cornell. Offered through the Learning Where You Live program, the class is open to all students but preference is given to first-year students.

Noncredit classes and workshops such as botanical illustration, wellness programs, gardening techniques, and tours are also offered, visit, or call (607) 255-2400 for more information.


Since the 1990s, more than 150 Cornell University students have worked side by side with Cornell Botanic Gardens’ knowledgeable staff, learning and having fun as participants in our summer internship program. Positions in horticulture, natural areas stewardship, 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.

Master’s Program

Cornell Botanic Gardens offers a Master of Professional Studies degree in Public Garden Leadership in partnership with the Section of Horticulture om tje School of Integrated Plant Sciences. Visit the website for program details.

Planning a Visit

To discover and explore Cornell Botanic Gardens, visit and stop by our Nevin Welcome Center located at 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850.