Lab Events

Planning a Visit

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

2015 Holiday Hours

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Open 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. the day after Thanksgiving

Closed from 4:00 P.M. December 24 through January 3 


Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. Click here

Due to final work on the mural, “From So Simple a Beginning,” there will be limited access to the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Room and Auditorium from August through December 31, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience. For additional information on the project and artist please visit please visit the mural website.

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.

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.

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.

Next Live-Streamed Seminar

Monday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.

Title: The Marriage of Art and Science: A One-of-a-Kind Mural of Birds

Speaker: Jane Kim, artist 

Jane will discuss her two-and-a-half-year process leading to the creation of this modern masterpiece featuring all the bird families of the world, now nearly complete in our Visitor Center.

Get Free Guided Tours of the Lab & Grounds

Mondays: 3:00 p.m. eBird Trail Walk (Nov. 16, 23, 30)

Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. Lab Tour (Nov. 19, Dec.3)

Fridays: 12:30 p.m. Lab Tour & 2:30 p.m. eBird Trail Walk (Nov. 20, Dec. 4)

Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. Merlin Trail Walk & 1:30 p.m. Lab Tour (Nov. 21, Dec. 5)

Please look under the individual dates within the "Special Events" section below to read more about each tour's planned activities.

Tours will start inside the main entrance of the Visitor Center and last approximately 45 minutes. Trail walks are weather dependent. 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.

Watch Selected Seminars Online

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

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