Entry to 4H Acres with Kiwanis Hall in background, on Lower Creek Road, Ithaca NY
Image by Sandy Repp

4-H Acres is owned by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

youth run bbq at 4-H Acres during the 4-H Youth Fair

Youth-run BBQ at 4-H Acres covered BBW pit

People and animals under the Pole Barn at the 4-H Fair, July 2023
Image by David Foote

People and animals under the Pole Barn at the 4-H Fair, July 2023

4-H Acres, Bowker Hall, Lower Creek Road, Ithaca NY
Image by Sandy Repp

Bowker Hall, 4-H Acres

4H Acres, Pole Barn, Lower Creek Road Ithaca
Image by Sandy Repp

Pole Barn / Covered Storage at 4-H Acres

4-H Acres

4-H Acres is an educational facility located in a beautiful natural setting at 418 Lower Creek Road in Ithaca and owned by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Centrally located in Tompkins County, the facility is home to many beloved youth programs including 4-H Clubs, the 4-H Youth Fair, Primitive Pursuits and many more. The facility is available to rent by non-4-H groups. It includes two indoor gathering spaces, a commercial kitchen, a covered BBQ pit, a large pole barn, activity fields and nature trails. The neighboring Monkey Run Natural Area and Cayuga Trail offer even more opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Please reach out to Tompkins-4H@cornell.edu if you are interested in reserving the space for your event. Please be advised that all rental materials, including a certificate of liability insurance (if applicable) and a signed rental agreement must be delivered to the 4-H office at least 10 business days prior to use. This allows for the contract to be approved by our insurance provider.

Kiwanis Hall

Located at the front of the property, Kiwanis Hall is the main building at 4-H Acres. It contains two large meeting rooms ( Middle Room capacity-49 and Sherman Room capacity-113 ), two restrooms and two kitchen areas; all fully heated. A covered barbeque pit just outside the building is great for cookouts of any size - the perfect addition to a family reunion and ideal as a fundraiser for community groups.

Behind Kiwanis Hall is a lovely lawn area with open space for outdoor activities and gatherings. Mature trees provide shade, and the facility's picnic tables can be used in the sun, shade or under a covered picnic area attached to the hall.

Commercial Kitchen

The Commercial Kitchen in Kiwanis Hall is available to rent by itself for a single event or for regular use by a small food business. Please reach out to cce.kitchens@cornell.edu for more information on renting the Commercial Kitchen. 

The Pole Barn

This facility offers 9360 square feet of covered space. It has bleachers, and can be arranged with box stalls, if needed. During winter months, October 1 – May 1, the Pole Barn is available for winter storage of boats, cars, and recreational vehicles. Rates are: length of vehicle x width of vehicle x $2.00.

Bowker Hall

Bowker Hall provides two full bath facilities for men and women for accommodating larger outdoor events and overnight stays. This seasonal facility is available May thru September.

4-H Acres is owned by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. The facilities are maintained by private donations, the annual Tompkins 4-H Duck Race and facility rental fees .

NOTE: Many rentals and non-4-H meetings are held at 4‐H Acres, 418 Lower Creek, Ithaca, NY. These rentals are not programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the use of 4-H Acres does not imply endorsement of this program or activity by CCE Tompkins.


Tompkins County 4-H Programs


Last updated December 19, 2023