Lab Events

Planning a Visit

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
1-800-843-BIRD (1-800-843-2473)

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

Note:The Visitor Center will close at 1:30 p.m. on May 22 for a special event.

Monday–Sunday: 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Hours may change due to special events. We are closed on some holidays.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Holiday Hours

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.

Note: The Adelson Library will be closed Wednesday March 16 through Monday March 21.

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.

New Visitor Center Hours

Monday–Sunday: 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

Hours may change due to special events. We are closed Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Free Guided Tours of the Lab and Trails

Below is our summer schedule of guided tours and trail walks, beginning June 6.

Building Tour
Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m.
Fridays: 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays: 11:30 a.m.
Sundays: 11:30 a.m.

Trail Walk
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. 
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. 

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. 

Listen to Great Talks

You can watch any of our past livestreamed seminars via our video seminar archive.

Inside the Lab

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.  

Due to special events, please call ahead to confirm hours and specific program times.

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