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.
We are happy to display several stunning new art installations in our visitor center to celebrate the Cornell Lab's centennial. Learn more here
To celebrate these new art installations, we are offering an Activity Table in the vsitor center with activities inspired by art and nature. Come check out what’s here this month!
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great destination for groups of all ages. Enjoy four miles of outdoor trails in the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, plus a variety of interactive exhibits and a large wildlife observation area inside the visitor center.
Leaders of visiting groups: The Lab is primarily a research, conservation, and global outreach facility. All tours and trail walks are self-guided. To enrich your experience, we have developed an array of activities and resources available online and/or to borrow from the front desk of the visitor center. You can use these resources to create your own self-guided program. See below for seasonal theme ideas, or contact Anne Rosenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help in choosing activities that best fit the needs of your group.
Please note: We require advance reservations for all groups of 10 or more. For visits in May or June (our busiest months), we recommend making your reservation in February or March.
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Educational Resources for Visitors
Activity Kits are available to check out from the front desk. Each kit includes instructions for 3-5 activities. Learn more here.
Individual activities and materials
1-2 Page Descriptive Readings to Download
• Six Clues to Bird ID
• Learn About Our Centennial Art Installations
• What Exactly Is a Bird Anyway?
• The Importance of Habitat
• Listening In On Birds
• Classifying Birds
Suggested Themes by Season
• Fall: Use these eBird occurrence maps for selected species (Northern Cardinal, Eastern Wood-Pewee, White-throated Sparrow) to study migration patterns in birds.
• Winter: Learn about adaptations for feeding and flight by watching birds at the Bird Feeding Garden. Check out the Discovering Birds Activity Kit from the front desk.
• Spring: Look and listen for signs that birds are preparing to raise young. Check out the Bird Identification Activity Kit from the front desk and learn how to identify the many birds on our trails and in the feeder garden.
• Late Spring/Summer: The trails take you through several distinct habitats—how many can you find, and how do you know which habitat you are in? Check out the Habitat Activity Kit from the front desk.
Find book-reading titles and activities for each of these themes.
• What to See and Do at the Cornell Lab (PDF)
• Citizen Science
• Lab Resources for Educators (PDF)
• All About Birds
• All About Bird Biology
• Macaulay Library archive (sound and video)
• BirdSleuth: Free Resources for Educators
Coming Soon! Explore our new Story Walk out on trails. Read a seasonally-themed book while enjoying Sapsucker Woods. The story unfolds as you walk along the path, reading a couple of pages at each station. We'll provide questions for reflection and discussion along the way to help enrich the experience.