Hikes and walks in the Cornell Botanic Gardens

Earth Day Hike on the Cayuga Trail
The Cayuga Trails Club is sponsoring the 28th annual Earth Day Hike, following a 4.4-mile-long section of the Cayuga Trail in the Monkey Run Natural Area of Cornell Botanic Gardens. This trail takes hikers along the high banks and water’s edge of Fall Creek, and features early spring wildflowers, birds, breathtaking vistas and the beauty of very wild sections of one of Cornell’s off-campus natural areas. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drinking water and rain gear if needed. Be prepared for steep ups and downs; the hike is moderately strenuous.
Date/time: April 23, 1 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Cornell Community Garden Plots, off Freese Road, about halfway between NY Rte 366 and Hanshaw Road. Watch for a driveway entering the parking area on the east side of the road.
Cost: Free and pre-registration is not required.
For more information, contact Tom Reimers at treimers@twcny.rr.com.

Evening wildflower walk
Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area with naturalistic 
gardens. Early spring is the ideal season for learning the natural history and identification of wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, trillium, bloodroot and Solomon’s seal.
Date/time: April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free, donations welcome; no registration required
Instructor: Krissy Boys, staff gardener
Location: Meet at the entrance to the Mundy Wildflower Garden, located at the intersection of Caldwell Road and Forest Home Drive. Limited free parking is available.

Fischer Old-Growth Forest hike
Take a special guided tour of the Fischer Old-Growth Forest. Cornell Botanic Gardens recently expanded this preserve in the Town of Newfield through a gift of more than 17 acres named the Bandler Family Tract. The preserve now protects nearly 60 acres, with almost 30 acres of old-growth forest. This natural area is considered the best example of pre-European settlement forest in the region. Hike is approximately 1.5 miles and will be moderately strenuous. Tour is free but pre-registration is required.
Date/time: April 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free, donations welcome; pre-registration is required.
Instructor: Todd Bittner, director of natural areas
Directions: Take Rte. 13 south from Ithaca. When the highway divides bear right to stay on Rte. 13, for approximately 1.6 miles.  Parking area is along the left (east) side of Rte. 13, just before Stella’s Barn restaurant. (Do not park in Stella’s Barn parking lot.)