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 >>


October Events

October 6, Book with Nature

6:30 pm, Lime Hollow Education Center, 3277 Gracie Rd. Building a book from and with nature presented by Liz Sharp. Materials will be provided, but please bring pressed leaves from your favorite plants for personal value. Children are welcome, but they and their parents should be aware that the programs are organized for an adult audience. Members free, non-members $5.

October 11, Robert Frost Walk

2-4 pm,  Join expert naturalist John Gustafson for a leisurely hike to picturesque Chicago Bog along the Arthur M. Phillips, Jr. Memorial Trail (entrance located on Gracie Road, approx. 1 mile from the Visitor Center). The natural beauty of the autumn season will surround you as John shares his favorite Robert Frost poems. This walk is sure to inspire and entertain! Free admission, donations appreciated.

October 17, Nature Hike

10 am, 338 McLean Road. 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, donations appreciated.

October 18, Fall Nature Hike

3 pm, Lime Hollow Visitors Center, 338 McLean Road. Join outdoor writer Roger Fulton to see how nature is coping with cooler temperatures and shorter days. We will cover about 2.5 miles of easy trails at a casual pace. There are no fees and there should be ample parking at the Center. Adults (16 and above) are welcome. No dogs on this segment of the refuge. Space is limited to 12 members and guests. Contact Roger for a reservation at or call him at 386-956-6089, afternoons or evenings for a reservation.

October 24, "Adventure Science"

1-3 pm, Lime Hollow Education Center, 3277 Gracie Road. Fun scientific games and activities based on NYS Standards and STEM! Geared towards 2nd and 3rd graders, but all (including parents) are welcome! Games include Cricket Races, Butterfly Relays, Short Hikes, Rock Painting, Critter Capture and so much more! Presented by SUNY Cortland's Education Club. For more information contact

October 25, Trail Work Day

1-4 pm, 338 McLean Road. 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’ll bring the refreshments! Don’t forget work gloves, appropriate clothing and a water bottle! Special thanks to Healthy Now and Heyer Physical Therapy!

October 29, Creatures of the Night

5-8 pm, 338 McLean Road. Look out for our new creatures and locations this year! Take a guided hike on trails illuminated by jack-o-lanterns and meet some nocturnal creatures along the way! “Dan the Snake Man” will be on hand with some of his scaly friends. Also, listen to Paul Speight as he tells stories by the campfire and plays the didgeridoo. Fun for all ages! $3 for members, $5 for non-members, children 3 and under are free.

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