Visit the Lab

Get directions to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and learn about all we have to offer in our Visitor Center and out on our trails. Come explore the Visitor Center in the Johnson
Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Enjoy our interactive exhibits, multimedia theater,
art gallery, and local programs. We’re here for you! Our Visitor Center has sound and video exhibits, beautiful bird art, weekly seminars, beautiful views, a feeder garden, and binoculars and telescopes for your use.




All Events

Friday, May 01, 2015 8:00 AM to Monday, August 31, 2015 5:00 PM

Sapsuckers to Swallowtails Art Exhibit

A selection of works by Sue deLearie Adair will be on display in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology auditorium between May 1 and August 31.

Adair’s artwork is inspired by her love of the natural world, and all creatures great and small. She has been an avid birder for 30 years and an equally avid butterflier for the last 20 years. Sue is fascinated by everything in nature and portrays many different animals, but birds are her favorite subject and comprise the majority of her work. “Sapsuckers to Swallowtails” will showcase more than 40 drawings and paintings of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. Free. Available for viewing during regular visitor center hours. ...expand entry

Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Friday bird walks at Cornell Plantations begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 7:30 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

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

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 4.

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.

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