At Cornell Botanic Gardens, we’re pleased to make our grounds, trails, and outdoor spaces available to the public during the COVID-19 crisis.

With your help, we can keep our grounds open.

New York State mandate and Cornell University regulations require:

  • Maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from others
  • Wearing a face-covering when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical distancing measures
  • A face covering or mask must be readily available on your person (e.g., worn around neck) when you are outdoors on university-owned property
  • Visiting alone or in small family groups of less than 10 people.
  • Any use of university-owned (indoor or outdoor) property for filming or photography must receive prior approval in writing from University Relations by submitting a request using this form. Read full policy here.

Other important information for visitors:

  • Take away your trash
  • Groups larger than 10 are not permitted to gather at Cornell Botanic Gardens’ F.R. Newman Arboretum, gardens around Nevin Welcome Center, and natural areas
  • No restroom facilities, permanent or temporary, are available in any area of Cornell Botanic Gardens
  • The Nevin Welcome Center is closed until further notice

Visit our Visitor Guidelines page for additional rules of etiquette.

Visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for ongoing updates.

Cornell Botanic Gardens at Home

Articles, videos, activities, and other online resources to stay connected with our gardens and natural areas.

Garden Map

Use this interactive map to locate our gardens, natural areas, waterfalls, parking, outdoor art, and more.

Plan Your Visit

From gorge hikes to garden strolls, Cornell Botanic Gardens is yours to explore.