The Nevin Welcome Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is located at 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca New York, 14850.

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Gardens near the Welcome Center

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.

North Walk

Explore perennial plants from North, Central and South America suited for full sun.

Bioswale Garden

Perennials, grasses, and trees here filter runoff from the parking lot before it flows into Beebe Lake.

About the Nevin Welcome Center

Opened in 2011, this LEED gold certified building is home to our visitor services staff, art displays, interpretive exhibits, restrooms, and a multipurpose room.

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Visitor Services

The Nevin Welcome Center is a great place to start your visit.  Stop by our visitor services desk to pick up a map of our gardens and learn what’s in bloom and what to see.

Nevin Welcome Center use

The welcome center is used for Botanic Gardens events and limited use by others at Cornell.

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Who was Brian C. Nevin?

The Nevin Welcome Center is named for Brian C. Nevin ’50, at the request of a gift from C. Sherwood “Woody” Southwick.

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Exhibits and Events

Displays of art and interpretive exhibits are featured in the welcome center lobby. Many events occur here as well.


Ecological Calendars: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change

This exhibit reveals the importance and impact of the Ecological Calendars for Climate Adaptation Project.

Keeping Time with Changing Seasons

Listen to the artist's inspiration behind creating this mobile in the Nevin Welcome Center.


View upcoming classes, workshops, and special events.


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