GET THE LAY OF THE LAND

Use this section to explore our cultivated collections around the Nevin Welcome Center and within the Newman Arboretum, as well as over 30 natural natural areas on the Cornell campus and throughout the county.

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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

F. R. Newman Arboretum

The F. R. Newman Arboretum is a place of beauty and provides for the scientific study of a diversity of trees and shrubs.

Mullestein Winter Garden

Find plants with interesting color, texture, and shape, which add beauty to the winter landscape.

Kienzle Overlook

Enjoy the view from this overlook, which displays dwarf conifers, perennials, and small flowering trees.

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

Mundy Wildflower Garden

Here you will find a remarkable variety of plants native to the Cayuga Lake Basin.

Upper Cascadilla

Enjoy a walk along Cascadilla Creek and buffering woods via the East Hill Recreation Way.

Fall Creek Valley

This natural area consists of young and old forests on the north and south sides of Fall Creek.

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

Bald Hill and Caroline Pinnacles

One of the most dramatic examples in the local region of a valley slope over-steepened by glaciers.

Purvis Road Natural Area

Observe a floating mat sphagnum-heath peat bog from a short boardwalk.

Slaterville 600

Much of this site is old-growth forest.

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.

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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!