Cornell Botanic Gardens is an integral part of the Cornell University, local, and regional communities, as well as an expert voice in the broader world of thought and ideas. Learn more on educational opportunities in our gardens, arboretum, and natural areas, and how we are inspiring others to embrace biological and cultural diversity.

Latest Updates

Check out the latest news, events, and happenings at Cornell Botanic Gardens.


The Arboretum and Cascadilla Gorge are now open

The gates are now open from dawn to dusk.


Conservation Titans Leave Legacy of Hope

Conservation scientists Tom Lovejoy and E.O. Wilson profoundly advanced our understanding of biological diversity and its critical role in ecosystem health.


COVID-19 Visitor Requirements

Be sure to know the latest COVID-19 mandates and regulations before visiting Cornell Botanic Gardens. Photo and video restrictions in place.

News and Highlights

See what we’ve been up to recently, as we advance our mission to connect plants and peoples


Earth Sleeps in Winter

Spend a minute within the winter landscape at Cornell Botanic Gardens in this video slide show.


Students learn, grow, and lead

Video: Cornell students engage in active learning with Cornell Botanic Gardens.


Gavin’s Story!

Gavin Ratliff, a current senior studying landscape architecture, tells us how the design of the Cornell Botanic Gardens and his own passions work together to create enriching experiences.

In the News

Read the latest news stories on Cornell Botanic Gardens and articles tapping the knowledge of our staff experts.

In the News

Gillibrand secures $700K in federal funding for Dryden Rail Trail Bridge project

Ithaca Voice – May 6, 2022
When completed, the trail will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens natural areas across 16 miles and provide a safe, sustainable commuter route.


Trading coal cars for e-bikes, rail trail promotes sustainability

Cornell Chronicle – November 17, 2021

A trail that once brought coal now brings commuters on e-bikes: Dryden Rail Trail

In the News

25 Best Upstate New York Day Trips

VacationIdea – Novemeber 30, 2021

Cornell Botanic Gardens and its Cascadilla Gorge trail are noted in this listing of top day trips in New York State.

Media Inquiries

Our experts can address a range of topics, from practical gardening, to global plant conservation, to safeguarding indigenous cultures. Let us know how we can help you, by contacting Shannon Dortch, associate director, communications and marketing, (607) 255-8618.

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