21 Things to Do at Cornell Botanic Gardens Before You Graduate

Explore Cornell Botanic Gardens from some of the Natural Areas, the Arboretum, and the Botanical Gardens with your friends!

21 Things to Do at Cornell Botanic Gardens Before You Graduate

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens

Tour Information

Inspired by the "161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do," this tour will help you explore Cornell Botanic Gardens in some of the Natural Areas, the Arboretum, and the Botanical Gardens. These are just a few of activities and areas to roam in Cornell Botanic Gardens' more than 3,400-acre property both on and off campus over your four years here. Take your friends and take your time to learn and enjoy everything the Gardens has to offer!

Created by Cornell Botanic Gardens interns Amanda Sudilovsky and Diana Buckley '19 for their fellow students.

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What You'll See on the Tour

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Start your day with morning yoga on the lawn outside the Nevin Welcome Center.
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Celebrate the solstice by taking a break from finals studying in the December bloom of the Winter Garden.
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Turn 21 and buy a Cornell Botanic Gardens membership only to attend a garden cocktail party.
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Take a selfie with the Yarb Woman.
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Observe the spring bloom in the Mundy Wildflower Garden.
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Go sledding during a blizzard at Newman Meadow.
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Sunbathe while wading in the water in Flat Rock.
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Take your friend's dog (on a leash) for a weekend hike through Monkey Run. Put any of these addresses into your GPS to get to this destination: 31 Monkey Run Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 119 Freese Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 1036 Dryden Rd., Ithaca,... Read more
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Collect blueberries at Ringwood Natural Area for pancakes. Put this address into your GPS to get to this destination: Ringwood Natural Area, 536 Ringwood Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 Open in Google Maps   ...
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Enjoy lunch at the Park Park picnic tables. Put either of these addresses into your GPS to get to this destination: 425 Forest Home Dr. Ithaca, NY 14850 397 Forest Home Dr. Ithaca, NY 14850
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Go star-gazing at the Watercourse Garden.
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Knockoff two things from “161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do” by observing the golden hour from Newman Overlook and ringing the giant bell.
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Snap a pic of a massive turtle in Houston Pond.  
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Crash a reunion party in June in the Arboretum.
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Grab an ice cream at the Dairy Bar and take a Big Red Bike for a ride through the Arboretum.
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Run down Cascadilla Gorge and quench your thirst with an ice-cold margarita from Viva Taqueria & Cantina.
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Take a canoe from Beebe Beach to Werly Island.
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Zip-line with Cornell Outdoor Education across Hemlock Gorge.  Scream at the top of your lungs.
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Take your Manndibles bagel to go...
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...And enjoy a study break at the Nearing Summer House.
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Kiss your crush on Comstock Knoll.
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Find green gifts for your family at the Cornell Botanic Gardens gift shop for Earth Day.

 

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