Is the Visitor Center Open?
Yes, the Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. –5 p.m.
What is there for children to do?
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides interactive exhibits for children and families to explore. Please see our pages on What to Do Outdoors, What to Do Indoors, and Guides and Activities for Your Visit. You’re also encouraged to ask about additional educational activities and resources available for check-out at the front desk.
Where do I park?
Free day parking is located in the visitor lot closest to the Visitor Center entrance. If you are driving an RV please use the third lot, closest to the airport.
Are your building, trails, and programs accessible?
The Visitor Center is a fully accessible building and there is a wheelchair available by request. The trails are mulched with exposed roots and boardwalks. If you need accommodations to participate in a program or event, please contact Lisa Kopp as soon as possible.
Does the Lab have outdoor restrooms?
No, but when the Visitor Center is open, public restrooms are available inside.
Do you have live birds?
Wild birds abound at Sapsucker Woods, but there are no captive birds at the Cornell Lab. Wild birds are visible from the Visitor Center in the bird-feeding garden and across the pond. The Visitor Center also features additional information and activities highlighting their behavior and biology.
Where should we stay when visiting the Lab?
The following hotels offer special reduced rates for Lab visitors. Rates are 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.
- Courtyard Marriott: 607-339-1000
- Fairfield Inn and Suites: 607-277-1000
- Best Western University Inn: 607-272-6100
There are also local bed-and-breakfasts.
Where do we find information for a prospective student interested in studying ornithology at Cornell?
The Lab of Ornithology offers countless opportunities for prospective students, from leading tours at Sapsucker Woods to conducting field research internationally. Visit the Student Resources section of our site for more information.
When was your building built?
The Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity opened in 2003. Before that, the Lab was housed at the Lyman K. Stuart Observatory at the edge of the pond just to the south of where the Visitor Center is now. The Stuart Observatory was built in the 1950s for fewer staff and had expanded to nearby trailers before we moved into the Johnson Center. The Lab was founded in 1915 when Arthur Allen labeled his office space in Cornell’s department of Entomology and Limnology as “Laboratory of Ornithology.”
Are the Lab’s facilities available for rent for special occasions?
The Lab’s facilities were not currently available to rent. We are reassessing our rental policies. For more information, please inquire with Jenny Smith.
Is there a private space to breastfeed or pump?
The Lab has a private mother’s room exclusively for nursing mothers and equipped with a mini fridge, phone, and storage lockers. Stop by the front desk for a key and directions.
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