Lime Hollow Nature Center
Peaceful Pond at Lime Hollow

School Programs at Lime Hollow

Respect for nature – and, in turn, nature's positive impact on us – starts when we're children and lasts a lifetime. That's why Lime Hollow has made school programs a top priority.

Forest Preschool

Forest preschool is an exciting approach to outdoor education. This type of education was modeled after the German Waldkindergarten. In all weather conditions, children play, explore, discover, and connect with nature and each other. Children are encouraged to dress for the weather, with waterproof clothes and warm layers, according to the climate.

For full information visit our Forest PreSchool web site.


Home-school Program

Connect with nature at all levels. Start off basic and add more knowledge each visit. Each day is a new adventure filled with tree identification, hands on experience with the maple syrup process, vernal pond investigations and gathering wild edibles. Celebrate on the last day with a wild edible feast.

  • Fall: October 5-December 14
  • Spring: March 1-May 10

Wednesdays, 9 am - 3 pm. Members $875 ($930 non-members). Please email Rachel at for more information.

Registration 2016

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Environmental Field Trips -- Over 3,000 school children visit the Center each year on day-long or short-term fieldtrips led by trained instructors and naturalists.

High School and College Classes -- Hundreds of high-school and college students augment their studies at the Center, including students from SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, TC3, and regional BOCES.

Outdoor Clubs -- We also offer educational and recreational programs for outdoor groups and clubs.