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

Fall is, of course, a time of endearing beauty, radiant colorful leaves, brisk breezes, and of gathering in. So many creatures participate in a harvest of the abundance that the summer begot. White tail deer browse under the oaks near my sit spot eating acorns...


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 >>


April Events

April 16, Guided Nature Hike, 10am

Bundle up each month and take a stroll with a Lime Hollow Naturalist. Monthly hikes include a fun topic or theme. 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.

April, 23, SUNY Cortland Education Club, Science Adventure, 1-3pm

Presented by the SUNY Cortland Education Club at Lime Hollow Education Center. Event includes fun scientific games and activities based off from NYS standards and STEM! Geared towards grades 1-5, but all are welcome.

April 24, Earth Day Clean Up

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Join your friends at Lime Hollow and help us maintain our beautiful trails. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all ages. Bring your helping hands and we will bring the refreshments! Do not forget work gloves, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle! Let us know if you plan on participating.

Special thanks to Heyer Physical Therapy!

April, 26, Science and Suds Presents: Walking Heads: Moving of Moai of Easter Island, 7pm

Location: Cortland Beer Company

Carl Lipo discusses the secrets of success of Easter Islanders living a remote and isolated island. Explore the evidence of how the enigmatic statues were moved ingeniously across the prehistoric landscape.

May 1st, Fairy Garden Workshop, 1-4pm

Members: $25

Non-members: $30

(Price per garden not person)

Location: Lime Hollow Visitor Center

Make your garden sparkle with a unique fairy garden. Join Sonya Langan, for an afternoon of magical fun as you create your very own fairy garden to take home! All ages welcome.

Pre-Registration is Required. Please register by April 27th!


Tel. 607-662-4632

May 7th, Native Plant Sale, 9-3pm

Lime Hollow Education Center, 3277 Gracie Rd.

Lime Hollow is excited to be working with The Plantsmen Nursery in Lansing, NY to provide native trees and shrubs for sale in time for Mother’s Day. Please ask for a form listing native trees and shrubs that are available for pre-order. Pick-up of pre-orders will occur on the day of the sale. On the day of the sale additional native trees, shrubs, and perennials will be available for sale at the day of the sale.

Return order form no later than April 30th.

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