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With the forthcoming launch of our new website this February, we will also be introducing a new online class registration system. We anticipate that the new system will be easier for you to use, and will also allow us to better track program registrations.

This page will be accessible for a limited time during the transitional period. However, please note that you will not be able to sign up for classes online until after we launch our new website. All descriptions and registration links for upcoming programs will soon be listed on the new website.

In the meantime, we do have some programs scheduled for this winter. Please see below for details and registration information. If you have any questions about our upcoming educational programs or would like to register, please contact Kevin Moss, Adult Education & Volunteer Coordinator, at (607) 254-7430, km274@cornell.edu.

Changes such as this often result in some occasional confusion. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion you may experience, and greatly appreciate your patience.  

Thank you!


February 22, Friday, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., and
March 2, Saturday, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Spruce Up Your Conifer Knowledge  
Join horticulturist Phil Syphrit on a walk through parts of our conifer collection to learn the basics of conifer identification and natural history. The tour will highlight plants both native and non-native to the Ithaca area (including yew, metasequoia, concolor fir, larch, and cedar), their unique features, and tips for their care in the home landscape. The walk will last approximately one hour. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Pre-registration is not required.
Instructor: Phil Syphrit, gardener
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
Fee: $5-10 suggested donation  


March 9, Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wine & Garden Stories
Winter has traditionally been a time for telling stories, in many cultures around the world. Join us for this participatory storytelling program and bring your personal garden stories to share around our “virtual” campfire. What was your most meaningful, surprising, or frustrating experience in a garden? What life lessons have you learned from gardening? What plants trigger special memories for you? What garden mischief have you gotten into? We’ll provide the wine and refreshments, you provide the stories! Or, just come to listen. Participants must be 21 or older and prepared to show proof of age. Pre–registration required; please call Kevin Moss, (607) 254-7430 to register.
Fee:        $10; $8 members.
Location:  Nevin Welcome Center


March 17 through April 7, four Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.            
Drawing in the Greenhouse: An Introduction to Sketching
This winter enjoy the warm, earthy atmosphere of our greenhouses as you improve your drawing skills with a progressive series of black and white exercises. Choose your subjects from among the tropical plants and other perennials in our Plant Production Facility. The last class will be in color, at the Liberty Hide Bailey Conservatory on Tower Road. All ability levels, and children 12 and older are welcome. Bring a sketchbook, erasers and a few favorite pencils. Pre–registration required; please call Kevin Moss, (607) 254-7430 to register.
Fee:         $185; $170 for members.
Instructor:   Camille Doucet, artist, Ithaca, N.Y.
Location:    Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive


March 21, Thursday, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Vernal Equinox Walk: Searching for Spring
The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, when the sun is directly above the equator and daylight hours are equal to nighttime. Join us on the first day of spring for a nature walk to search for signs of awakening life in the Mundy Wildflower Garden. Please dress appropriately for the weather. The walk will include some stairs, and trails may be muddy in places. Pre-registration is not required.
Instructors:    Robert Wesley, botanist, and Krissy Boys, gardener and native plants specialist
Fee:         $5-10 suggested donation
Location:    Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center


For more information, contact:

Kevin Moss, Adult Education & Volunteer Coordinator

(607) 254-7430, or email km274@cornell.edu.