WHERE TO START

When visiting Cornell Botanic Gardens, we recommend starting at our Nevin Welcome Center to get oriented, explore the surrounding gardens, and then set out to more wondrous areas. We also invite you to check out our interactive map, which can help you find the experiences you seek.

CHECK OUT OUR INTERACTIVE MAP

NEVIN WELCOME CENTER AND GARDENS

Start your visit here to learn what to see and do from our visitor services staff, check out our exhibits, shop our Garden Gift Shop, and step outside to explore specialty gardens.

explore the welcome center

F. R. NEWMAN ARBORETUM

Explore the #1 most beautiful college arboretum, a place of beauty and scientific study, featuring collections of trees, shrubs, and specialty gardens.

EXPLORE THE ARBORETUM

FEATURED GARDENS AND COLLECTIONS

Explore our unique gardens and collections

Class of ’53 Container Gardens and Tropical Garden Beds

Draw inspiration for container gardening from these arrangements of tropical plants.

Pounder Vegetable Garden and Climate Change Garden

Explore heirloom and commercial varieties of food plants grown around the world and see plants growing in a high tunnel under predicted future climate conditions.

Houston and Grossman Ponds

Houston and Grossman ponds, located in the heart of the arboretum, were created in the early 1980’s to add an aquatic ecosystem to our collections.

ON-CAMPUS NATURAL AREAS

Explore eleven unique natural areas on Cornell University’s campus including Beebe Lake, Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges, Mundy Wildflower Garden and more!

FEATURED ON-CAMPUS NATURAL AREAS

Fall Creek Gorge

Nearly 200 feet deep, Fall Creek’s Gorge is among the most impressive gorges in the Finger Lakes Region.

Cascadilla Gorge

The iconic Cascadilla Gorge Trail passes through one of the most picturesque gorges in the Finger Lakes Region.

Palmer Woods

More than half of this remarkable area is undisturbed old-growth forest dominated by large oaks.

OFF-CAMPUS NATURAL AREAS

We steward over 30 unique off-campus natural areas throughout Tompkins County, each offering a unique sense of place and opportunities to explore and study.

FEATURED NATURAL AREAS

Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve

Explore lake cliffs, forests, shrub thickets, meadows, and a gorge with a 35’ high waterfall.

Fischer Old-growth Forest

Majestic, magical, inspirational, with trees over 150 feet tall, this site is a sanctuary in every sense of the word.

Lick Brook

Long appreciated as one of Ithaca's most beautiful wooded gorges and for its cascading series of waterfalls.

ON DISPLAY

We display plant-focused art and create seasonal exhibits in the Nevin Welcome Center lobby that explore plants indispensable to cultures around the world.

LEARN MORE

EXPLORE US YOUR WAY

There are many ways to explore Cornell Botanic Gardens!

Learn From our Plants

Learn from our plant tags and other interpretive labels throughout the gardens.

Garden Inspiration

Where we recommend visiting for gardening inspiration.

Family Fun

Visiting with family? Check out these spots to make your family visit extra fun!