Group Visits

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center is about to undergo a major renovation. Construction is expected to begin sometime this summer with closing information coming soon. Check our FAQs for more information about the closure. The Visitor Center will be closed for approximately one year, but the trails will remain open from dawn to dusk for all to enjoy. 

During our closure, groups are welcome for self-guided outdoor visits. We will not be able to provide guided visits. Check our Events Calendar to see if there is a scheduled program during your visit.

We need to know you’re coming! Please make a reservation at least two weeks in advance for all groups of 10 or more. We will make sure we can accommodate your group and will contact you to confirm.

On the Day of Your Visit:

  • There is plenty of free car parking at the Lab.
  • Buses may drop off and pick up passengers in our circular driveway at the main entrance, and then should park in the far lot, closest to Route 13.
  • An outdoor accessible portable toilet will be available while the Visitor Center is closed for renovation.
  • The trails at Sapsucker Woods are carry in, carry out. Please take your trash with you.

Make the Most of Your Group Visit:

Before your visit, check out our online resources, including K-12 Education, Bird Cams, All About Birds, and Macaulay Library.

We have many age-appropriate resources to help you make the most of your visit. In particular, our Youth Guide to the Trails and Youth Guide to the Visitor Center are available as PDF downloads, and we will have some printed copies available near the front door of the Visitor Center.

For additional resources, downloads, and information, see our What To Do section.

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