ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS AND PROGRAMS CANCELLED. See calendar below for virtual programs.
Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and following recommendations from Cornell University, we have closed the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center and cancelled in-person programs and events indefinitely. We understand these closures can be disruptive and inconvenient, but we are dedicated to preserving the health of our community. The outdoor trails remain open to the public, and the Cornell Lab will continue to offer access to Merlin, eBird, All About Birds, and all the fantastic resources we provide online.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a variety of programs and events for visitors of all ages. Please see our events calendar (below) or call 1-800-843-BIRD for more information.
Tuesday, Thursday–Sunday, 11 A.M., year-round.
Guided tours offer visitors an overview of the history of the Lab. Admire the exhibits and world-class art in the Visitor Center; peek into the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates; and explore the various departments and sciences we study at the Lab.
Beginner Bird Walks
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 A.M., year-round.
Join us for free, beginner bird walks along the easy trails of Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary. Walks last about 1.5 hours and are guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars!
Saturday mornings, and second Friday of each month, 10 A.M. to noon, year-round. Indoors, in the Visitor Center.
Investigate a different topic each week with the help of a friendly volunteer. You’ll find fun and learning for the whole family, featuring a mix of display items, hands-on activities, and ideas for bird-related pastimes at home. Topics include Bird ID, Feathers, Feeding Adaptations, Bird Diversity, and What You Can Do for Birds. It’s all free, and you can drop in for as long or as short as you like! Activities are appropriate for a wide range of ages. Adults should remain present with their children.
Check events calendar for schedule and details.
In our auditorium and live-streamed online.
The Lab has a long history of hosting interesting and engaging seminars. Speakers include Cornell Lab staff, book authors, and distinguished scientists from around the world. View our video archive of past seminars.
Family Story Time
Second Friday of the month at 10:30 A.M., September–May.
Adelson Library (upstairs in the Visitor Center)
Join us in the Adelson Library for delightful readings of bird-themed books from the library’s Children’s Shelf. Ideal for kids ages 2–5 and their families. Adults should remain present with their children.