Group Visits

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Visitor Center Hours

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

Closed Thanksgiving Day and the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours may change due to special events.

The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is open daily, dawn to dusk. No dogs or bicycles please.

Admission is free. We appreciate donations and member support to help grow and develop Visitor Center experiences.

Kids looking at birds

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.

Group visits are traditionally self-guided but if you would like to request a tour with the option of a visit to the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates please indicate on your reservation request. Tour requests require 3 weeks advance notice and are subject to guide availability and scheduled special events but we do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible!

Make your reservation today!

Please note: We require advance reservations for all groups of 10 or more. For visits in May or June, we recommend making your reservation in February or March.

NEW: Use our two new Youth Guides: the Youth Guide to the Trails and the Youth Guide to the Visitor Center. You can view the PDF here and request copies for each student when you make your group visit reservation.

Educational Resources


Silhouette Scavenger Hunt

How to Use Binoculars

How to Use a Field Guide

Bird Coloring Pages

Visitor Center Youth Guide


Citizen Science

All About Birds

Bird Academy

Macaulay Library archive (sound and video)

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