Planning a Visit
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. Click here
The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is open every day, dawn to dusk.
For store hours for Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods, click here.
Visitor Center Hours
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Saturday: 9:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. April-December
Sunday: Closed January-March
Hours may change due to special events. We are closed on some holidays.
Closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day.
Closed from 4:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve through January 3.
Open 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and the day after Thanksgiving.
Adelson Library Hours
Monday-Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Where to Stay
The following hotels offer special reduced rates for Lab visitors. This rate is based on availability and subject to change. Free shuttle service is available to and from the Cornell Lab, please contact the hotel for more information on their shuttle service.
Courtyard by Marriott: 607-330-1000
Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott: 607-277-1000
Best Western University Inn: 607-272-6100
Admission is free. We appreciate donations and member support to help with trail maintenance and local outreach programs.
Listen to Great Talks
You can watch any of our past livestreamed seminars via our video seminar archive.
Free Guided Tours of the Lab and Trails
Spring 2016 tour schedule:
Mondays 2:30 p.m. – Lab Tour
Fridays 2:30 p.m. – Lab Tour
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – eBird or Merlin Bird ID Tour
Saturdays 12 – Lab Tour
See specific calendar date for tour descriptions under the "Special Events" link below.
(Note: No tours scheduled on February 15, and March 26 through April 3.)
Tours will start inside the main entrance of the Visitor Center and last approximately 45 minutes. Groups of 10 or more need to call (607) 254-2473 in advance to reserve. Tour days, times, and topics may vary so please check in with a staff member at the Visitor Center upon arrival to confirm.
At the top of every hour we will be showing the film “Inside the Lab” in the auditorium. This nine minute video narrated by Lab director John Fitzpatrick, introduces you to the Lab’s goals, projects, and people. Film showings may vary due to special events so please check in at the front desk upon arrival. If you are travelling with a group of 10 or more and have prearranged your visit, custom showings of other films can be coordinated in conjunction with our normal screening schedule.