Environmental Exploration Days 2012 Cancelled

Due to the small number of youth who signed up for Environmental Exploration Days, the EED committee has decided to cancel the program for 2012.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause and hope we have given you enough time to plan.  If you have sent us payment, you will receive full refunds. If interested in EED 2013, please contact us at 272-2292 or email Megan.


August 20-24, 2012

Registration Deadline: August 13, 2012

Clean lakes and streams, dramatic gorges and waterfalls, fertile soils and rich diversity of natural communities make the Ithaca area a healthy (and fun!) place to live.

Environmental Exploration Days is a five day program designed to open up new opportunities for youth, 11-13 years old going into 6th, 7th or 8th grades, who enjoy the area's unique natural beauty. You will visit cool sites, organizations, make new friends and find out what environmental opportunities there are to get involved. You will spend each day at a different location taking part in hands-on activities, getting wet, and taking fun hikes (see schedule below).

2012 Schedule

This year's camp takes place Monday-Friday, August 20-24.

Daily Map

Day 1: Robert H. Treman State Park
Our day begins in the upper section of the park where we will explore the stream, the plants and creatures that live in and around it. In the afternoon, we will hike through the gorge followed by a picnic lunch and swimming.

Day 2: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Our group will learn about the Cornell Lab's many citizen science programs and go on a scavenger hunt through Sapsucker Woods. We'll also create our own nature sculptures and learn about birds and habitat conservation through games and activities.

Day 3: "Floating Classroom" program AND Taughannock Falls State Park
Our day begins at the Ithaca Farmers' Market, where we will board the MV Haendal (centerpiece of the Cayuga Lake's "Floating Classroom" program: www.floatingclassroom.net!!)) to take an eco-cruise! Our group will assist Floating Classroom high school interns as they conduct summer ecology projects on the lake, do some wildlife watching, and consider the incredible process that shape our lake. We willl arrive at Taughannock Falls State Park for a picnic lunch, time to swim, and hike the gorge before returning to the Ithaca Farmers' Market by boat.

Day 4: Drinking Water and the Six Mile Creek Watershed
Learn about the History of our City's drinking water source, geology/ecology of Six Mile Creek and the balancing act of preserving nature while providing clean drinking water. Participants will experience the process of water quality monitoring by gathering and analyzing new data.

Day 5: The Cornell Plantations
Cornell Plantations is the site of Cornell University's botanical garden, arboretum and acres and acres of natural areas. Morning activities will provide us with an overview of what you can find at Plantations, an understanding of our region's vegetable growing season, and a closer look (and taste) at heritage vegetable varieties. After-lunch activities include a treasure hunt in a mature woodland.

Dates: August 20-24, 2012
: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm each day
Age: 11-13 years old going into 6th, 7th or 8th gradesCost: $225 for the week
Refreshments: Snacks and water will be provided. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration.
Registration: download registration form

Program information flyer

Contact: please contact Megan Tifft at (607) 272-2292, or met38@cornell.edu with questions

Last Updated: August 7, 2012

Last updated: August 7th 2012 - 9:19am