Lime Hollow Nature Center
Covered Bridge at the Lime Hollow Visitor Center

About Lime Hollow

Visitor CenterFounded in 1993, the Lime Hollow is a member-supported, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide year-round environmental education and recreation opportunities to the public through utilization and protection of the natural and cultural attributes of the Lime Hollow area.

We are located on the border between Cortland and Tompkins Counties, in beautiful upstate New York. 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. The organization offers over 12 miles of open-to-the-public, entrance-fee free trails, public nature programs, and adventure day camps for youth.

Orange Fungus

Lime Hollow has much to offer, including trails, public programs, school programs, summer camp, and adventure day camps.

  • average of 30,000 visitors annually
  • school group and day-camp attendance of over 3,000
  • summer camp that serves approximately 1,000 area youth
  • dedicated membership of approximately 370 families
  • 12 miles of trails, including the handicap accessible “Trail for All” near the Visitor’s Center

The Visitor’s Center includes a central exhibit space, bird education room and observatory, nature-inspired artwork, several modular interpretive displays, and a gift shop.

The Center is a model for sustainable building, complete with an installed solar array, a composting toilet, and geothermal heating and cooling.

While Lime Hollow is first and foremost an environmental education and recreation organization, we do provide for ample artistic expression—from the existing and planned interpretive installations in our Art Meadow, to our decorative and useful cob oven, to our frequent summer camp collaborations with local artists Tony Ferro and Paul Speight.

One of our more popular arts program is our annual Music in the Woods, which exposes area residents to the joys of outdoor music and nature appreciation.


Almost 20 years after our incorporation, Lime Hollow now owns and manages nearly 430 acres of protected property—land that will remain green and open space for generations to come.

Cortland is one of only two counties in New York State that does not host a state park facility.

Lime Hollow Nature Center provides many of the same qualities of life opportunities as a state park, but is a member-supported non-profit.

Thanks to a generous award from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and a generous donation by the Osbeck Family, Lime Hollow has recently added a 32-acre tract of land—which borders the Chicago Bog Unique Natural Area to the south and the Cortland County Linear Park (also known as the Lehigh Valley Trail) to the north—to its existing preserve of protected forests, fields, and wetlands.