Facility Rental

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.

If you're looking for a special venue for a meeting, seminar or conference, we may have just the place. Our building can host events ranging from elegant university dinners to seminars and conferences. We're happy to provide information about caterers, vendors, lodging, transportation, and entertainment for your event. Please inquire by calling (607) 254-2473 or use our contact us form.

These rooms may be rented by Cornell University departments and Cornell University affiliated groups. Private groups may also be eligible to rent the facilities, though certain restrictions may apply. Our Visitors’ Center is a nonsmoking facility and is fully ADA accessible. We have plenty of free parking close to the building for after-hours events. For panoramic photos, take our virtual tour.




Our auditorium seats as many as 114 people. It is a pleasant space for large meetings and presentations.

  • Fully carpeted auditorium with up to 114 comfortable, non-fixed chairs
  • For meetings that require seating at tables, up to 56 people can be accommodated
  • Large drop-down projection screen; high-definition (HD) digital projection and sound system for PowerPoint presentations, DVDs, VCR tapes, and other graphics from laptops. (Users must provide own laptops.)
  • Sophisticated lighting system with a wide variety of presets, recessed soffit light and overhead light combinations, and adjustable brightness
  • Wireless Internet connectivity and plug-ins for Ethernet cables
  • Wildlife art exhibits grace the walls
  • Room can be expanded by opening to adjacent Fuertes Room

Fuertes Room

Fuertes Room

Host a small meeting in the beautiful hand-crafted Fuertes room, known among birders as the “Sistine Chapel of Birding.” In 1909, Frederick Brewster commissioned Louis Agassiz Fuertes, one of the world’s great bird artists, to design the teak-paneled library and complete a set of oil paintings to wrap around the room in his Connecticut mansion. The library, including the books and original paintings, was donated to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and reassemblted here.

  • A wooden conference table seats 18 in comfortable, hand-carved chairs. As many as 16 additional chairs can be added to the room
  • Small drop-down projection screen available
  • Sophisticated lighting system with variable presets, recessed soffit light and overhead light combinations, and adjustable brightness
  • A sound-dampening divider wall can be closed between this room and the adjacent auditorium
  • When this divider is open, a large drop-down screen on one side of the Fuertes Room can be lowered, on which projections originating from the auditorium (DVDs, VCR tapes, and PowerPoint and other graphics from laptops) can be shown

Morgens Observatory

Morgens Observatory

The Morgens Observatory is an elegant space for receptions, dinners, and other events, with a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows overlooking Sapsucker Woods pond and the sanctuary's woods.

  • The observatory and auditorium together can accommodate up to 300 people for a standing reception
  • Sophisticated lighting system with variable presets and combinations
  • Gas fireplace warms the mood of the room on a cold day or evening
  • Radiant-heat floor adds comfortable warmth
  • Original wildlife artwork graces the space
  • Interactive exhibits in this space help visitors learn about the birds of Sapsucker Woods
  • During business hours, the Wild Birds Unlimited store offers bird-related gifts, clothing, and collectibles for purchase

Hotel Discounts

Located just minutes away from the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity and the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the Courtyard by Marriott offers Lab visitors a special discounted rate. This rate is based on availability and subject to change. Free shuttle service is available to and from the Cornell Lab by appointment on the hour from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Please call 866-541-3600 and ask for the Lab of Ornithology visitors' rate, or visit the Courtyard by Marriott website.

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