Lime Hollow Nature Center
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Welcome to Lime Hollow Nature Center

The Center encompasses nearly 430 acres of beautiful rolling hills and shallow glacial valleys (kame-and-kettle topography), forests, fields, streams, numerous ponds, including many marl ponds and vernal (seasonal) pools, a peat bog, and a great diversity of flora and fauna. Located on the border between Cortland and Tompkins Counties, in beautiful upstate New York, we offer over 12 miles of open-to-the-public, entrance-fee free trails, public nature programs, and adventure day camps for youth.

My Sit Spot in the Woods


From My Sit Spot
by Pete Angie

The first sign came this fall as bright orange ribbons affixed to the property markers, blowing in the breeze.  When I saw a man in the woods I went out to talk with him.  He told me of his plan to sell the timber around my sit spot, and build a few apartments. 


Environmental Education Center


We've reached 99% of our goal!Environmental Ed Center

Latest Update!

Lime Hollow and OCM BOCES New Vision Environmental Science program both require greater teaching capacity — a shared goal that provides a natural partnership for a new educational facility.


Adventure Day Camps


Adventure Day Camps

The entire Lime Hollow staff truly looks forward to each and every day during the summer. Come rain or shine, mosquitoes or deer flies, the excitement we see in the faces and the enthusiasm we hear in the voices of our campers makes us smile.

2014-15 Applications now available >>


June Events

Nature Hike, July 18, 10am

Take a stroll with Senior Naturalist, Peter Harrity on a nature bird hike. All hikes will depart from our Visitor Center on McLean Road and typically last an hour and a half. Don't forget binoculars, field guides, small snack and a water bottle. There are some binoculars available to borrow. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Lime Hollow Adult Programs* presents

Wayne Bezner Kerr
"Flying with Migratory Birds"
Tuesday, July 28, 8 PM
Lime Hollow Environmental Education Center
3277 Gracie Road
Wayne Bezner Kerr will describe his experience researching migratory birds
and training them to fly long migrations in an effort to re-introduce
species that stopped their migrations decades ago. As lead scientist of the
Migratory Bird Research Group in the 1990s, Wayne helped re-establish a migrating flock of
Trumpeter Swans in eastern North America. Wayne learned to fly gliders in 1989 in
Canada. He has been a "bird brain" since he was a child, and went on to
study the biology of bird migration. He spent four years flying with
various bird species on film and research projects and served as a advisor 
on the 1996 film Fly Away Home. Wayne, who is a flight instructor at East
Hill Flying Club and lives with his family in Ithaca, NY, has flown on
four continents; but says the Finger Lakes is his favorite place to fly in
the world.
* Lime Hollow Adult programs bring topics and speakers to the Hollow and
are presented at an adult level. Children are welcome, but they and their parents should be
aware that the programs are organized for an adult audience.

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