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“Finding the Treehouse”

Cayuga Nature Center
Ranked #24 of 49 things to do in Ithaca
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way.Exhibits at Cayuga Nature Center enhance the amazing educational resources the outdoor world provides; since merging with PRI in 2011, renovated indoor and outdoor exhibits have transform the Nature Center into an engaging, dynamic center for nature, science, and recreation. Our visitors will use all of their senses to learn about the complexity of our environment, participate in preserving and protecting Earth’s resources, and more fully understand their roles in our world.
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Remodeling and updating displays. Beautiful safe hike with birds and animals to see. Short walk brings you to a five story tree house that is a safe playground to explore.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

We are nature lovers and visited at the request of our college student. It was way more than expected. The displays were well done. The grounds beautiful. The rescued animals well cared for. The treetops Tree house gorgeous. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This educational nature center includes mounted local animals, good displays but geared to children more than adults. A few live animals but don't expect to photograph them as there are wire barriers. Displays on environment also live invasive fish.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

First let me say, I used to love this place! My wife and I got married here, for goodness sake. Each year we come back for a visit, and each year it seems like it's a little more of a business and less of a nature center. I was disheartened to see a lot of the older exhibits being neglected, while new buildings and fences are being erected.

They now have a fence on both sides of the lodge, so it appears you cannot enter the area behind it. However, the website states that the grounds are open to the public dawn till dusk. Fortunately, We found that the gates weren't locked.

It's still worth visiting, but it is definitely losing the inviting hometown nature center appeal it once had.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Georgia L, Public Relations Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Dear Josh, Thank you for sharing your fond memories of the nature center. As you know, the Cayuga Nature Center merged with PRI in 2012. The goal of this merger was to expand both entities’ capabilities to offer natural history education to the public, and to allow the continued care of the property. We want to be able to provide a quality educational experience every time you visit, and that goal is an ongoing work-in-progress for us. Although we can’t do everything all at once, since the merger our non-profit has worked very hard at creating and pursuing a long term plan for stewardship while working to increase outreach partnerships with schools and other organizations in the area. For example, local high school and college students conduct research at our facilities; over 40 non-releasable live animals now have their home at the Nature Center; and a number of new exhibits feature native species, local forest ecology, and climate change. We’ve increased ADA accessibility in the Lodge, and added a pavilion for Summer Camp and other events. Public education programs, Kids Discover the Trail, and our well-loved Summer Camp continue as important community resources--as they have for many years. We ask for modest admission fees to the Lodge and outdoor areas in order to support these efforts, and to maintain the historic Lodge. New gates were installed to increase safety for the outdoor animals. While we have many new exhibits, we also strive to keep the older ones fresh, and if you see something that needs our attention, please let us know. As always, your opinions are important to us. We appreciate your feedback, and we invite you to return and visit the Lodge to see the improvements for yourself.

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Cayuga Nature Center continually improves its spaces and its programs. A highlight for visitors young and old is the tree house.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank LeGrace B
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