To ensure the health of our plant collections, and for the enjoyment of all our visitors, please:

  • Carry litter out with you.
  • Keep all dogs on leashes and clean up after them.

Please refrain from:

  • Picking flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Outdoor fires and grilling.
  • Organized athletic games.
  • Climbing on trees or sculptures.
  • Fishing in the ponds within the F. R. Newman Arboretum.

COVID-19 Visitor Requirements

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
  • Visit alone or in small family groups of less than 10 people.

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Dog Policy

We welcome dogs and responsible dog owners at Cornell Botanic Gardens. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times and you must clean up after them. Please keep them out of the garden beds. For your convenience, two dog waste stations are located in the F. R. Newman Arboretum.

Photography and Filming Policy

Cornell University’s filming and photography policies apply in all areas of Cornell Botanic Gardens, including cultivated gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center, F.R. Newman Arboretum, and both on-campus and off-campus natural areas. These include Beebe Lake, and Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges.

Commercial photography and filming:

All commercial, non-news, and non-Cornell-student audio recording, photography or filming must be requested at least 30 days in advance and be approved by University Relations. University policies regulate the use of its property, including Cornell Botanic Gardens, for sales and other commercial activities in order to maintain a safe, attractive environment for instruction, research, and public service and to comply with all applicable regulations, including those governing the university’s tax-exempt status.

Requests are made through this form:

Request permission for recording on campus property


Cornell University must approve anyone wishing to use a drone at the university and require additional information and verification prior to the requested drone operation. Cornell’s position on drones, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, local community standards and established drone industry safety practices set the parameters for approved drone use on university property.

Requests are made through this form:

Request permission for recording on campus property

News Media Recording:

Please contact Cornell Media Relations Office for information.