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 >>


April /May Events

Sunday, April 26, Carpool Bird Hike to Derby Hill, 8am
Join Lime Hollow's Senior Naturalist, Peter Harrity in a traveling bird trip. We will bird up to Derby Hill. Please meet at the Visitor Center at 8am. Cars will be leaving shortly after 8. If you are interested in participating you can RSVP by calling 607-662-4632 or emailing

Sunday , April 26,Spring Hike,  A 3.5 mile hike

Let us see what is green and coming up after the snow has gone. Join naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a free tour at Lime Hollow Nature Center, just outside of Cortland, NY from 3-5 pm. Meet at the Nature Center at: 338 McLean Rd., Cortland, NY 13045. Contact Roger for a reservation at or call him, evenings at 386-956-6089.

Roger Fulton is a noted outdoor author of several regional hiking, biking and canoeing/kayaking guides for Northern NY and Florida. In addition he is the co-author of two NY wildflower books. You may check out all of his titles at: or

Join him if you can.

Bird Walks in May 
Saturday, May 2nd, 7am:  Location: Tunison Lab, upper parking lot on Gracie Road.
Saturday, May 9, 7am: Location: Tunison Lab, upper parking lot on Gracie Road.
Saturday, May 9, 8am, Carpool Trip up to Derby Hill. (Derby Hill Bird Festival) Meet at the Visitor Center.
Saturday May 16, 7am:  Location: Lehigh Valley Trail ext. Parking lot on Gracie Road, across from Gracie Pond.
Saturday, May 23, 7am: Location: Visitor Center on McLean Road
Saturday, May 30, 7am: Location: Visitor Center on McLean Road
Saturday, May 30, 2-5pm: Safe in the Wood Seminar

Author and naturalist Roger Fulton will offer a free 3 hour course titled SAFE IN THE WOODS at Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortland, NY from 2 to 5 pm. The course will be based on his best-selling book, SAFE IN THE WOODS_ - _TIPS, TECHNIQUES AND ADVICE FOR SAFETY AND SURVIVAL._ This free course is appropriate for adults 16 and above. In a series of 3 Powerpoint presentations, students will learn how to plan for an outing, how to dress, and what equipment to carry. It will also include advice on what to do if you encounter "critters" out there, from insects to bears. Although the planning and preparation for your outing should keep you out of trouble, there will also be tips on what to do when things go wrong from injuries to what to do if you lose the trail. The last ½ hour we will take a short walk on the Lime Hollow trails to practice what we have learned.

Although the seminar is free, you must make a reservation by contacting Roger Fulton via email at: or by calling him, afternoons or evenings at: 386-956-6089, because space is very limited for this seminar.

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