The Cornell Lab in fall by Dimitri Ponirakis

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Our Visitor Center is filled with science exhibits and artwork, nestled within a 230-acre sanctuary with 4 miles of trails for exploring.

Visitor Center Open

Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Trails open dawn to dusk
No dogs or bicycles, please
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Virtual Experiences

Self-guided tours, activity guides, online webinars, workshops, and more
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Events

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Visitor Center Open

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center and Wild Birds Unlimited store are open to all visitors. Visitor Center hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m., daily. The trails of Sapsucker Woods are open from dawn until dusk. 

Per Cornell University policy, visitors are required to wear a mask at all times indoors and outside when physical distancing is not possible.

Visitor Center staff will monitor and limit capacity as needed. We ask that our visitors maintain social distance when indoors. Groups will be limited to no more than 10 people. Please contact us to make a reservation

Currently, we are not lending binoculars or offering indoor tours or indoor public programs. Check our Events Calendar for outdoor walks and virtual programs.

Some areas of the Visitor Center, including the Bartels Theater and the Macaulay Library Sound Studio will remain closed until further notice. Access to the second floor and Adelson Library reopens to the public on Monday, December 6. The Wild Birds Unlimited store will close for the month of January for renovations.

Visit this website often for updates. 

Plan Your Visit Watch birds. Take a stroll. Listen to the woods.

Enjoy our art and science exhibits; watch birds rain or shine; and explore 4 miles of trails through our 230-acre sanctuary.

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Upcoming Events

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Beginner Bird Walk

Join the Cayuga Bird Club every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Visitor Center. Walk the trails of Sapsucker Woods looking and listening for birds.

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Beginner Bird Walk

Join the Cayuga Bird Club every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Visitor Center. Walk the trails of Sapsucker Woods looking and listening for birds.

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How to Get Here

Address:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

1-800-843-BIRD (2473)
1-607-254-2473
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Public Transportation:

Bus: TCAT Route 31/41. Details.

Campus shuttle:

Free shuttle runs 4 times daily between Cornell Lab and Cornell University, Mon–Fri, during the fall and spring semesters. Details.

Accessibility:

Visitor Center is accessible; wheelchairs are available for indoor use. Wheelchairs are not recommended on the nature trails.

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