Lime Hollow Nature Center

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:

While Visiting Lime Hollow, please consider the following:
* Trails will remain open dawn to dusk. Maps can be found in the kiosk or online at You can also download our map app at Avenza Maps. Digital Maps
* Help keep the trails clean by carrying out what you carry in and picking up after your pet.
* Please stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing.

Nordic Rentals
Back by popular demand we will be offering ski and snowshoe rentals this year! Rentals will be available on the weekends starting Saturday, January 8th (only during suitable snow conditions) and Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Please note that equipment is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click to reserve some equipment. Someone will follow-up to confirm availability during business hours. Lime Hollow will hold equipment for 15 minutes for appointments and will make equipment available to other parties if no-one show up.

Cross Country Skis
$20 All-day adult ski, pole, and boot rentals;
$10 for kids (10am-4pm)

$10 All-day adult snowshoe rentals;
$5 for kids (10am-4pm)

50% off during the last 2 hours of the day (2pm-4pm)
FREE Waffle Stomper snowshoes for preschool age children and under 

Lime Hollow is hiring Summer Camp Mentors, click to apply.

Lime Hollow Nature Center is seeking outgoing, organized and motivated mentors who love working with kids outdoors! Mentors play an essential role in connecting children in the central NY area to nature. Our mentors are responsible for developing and implementing fun and engaging nature-based activities and for the health and safety of our campers.

LH Calendar of Events

Educational Opportunities

The entire Lime Hollow staff truly looks forward to each and every day of camp. Come rain, snow 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.

The children’s eagerness is palpable and their energy is contagious. How we enjoy listening to the stories of their Lime Hollow adventures and discoveries.

It’s also very gratifying to realize that simply by providing a high quality experience in nature to our local kids, we are meeting our founders’ core mission -- which is to develop a connection to the natural world and a caring between people of all ages and backgrounds and nature.

Toad in Child's Hand

Summer Camps at Lime Hollow (Grades Pre-K - 12)

Our summer nature camps have operated since the early 1990s and have positively impacted countless Cortland area youths. Peter Harrity, Lime Hollow's Senior Naturalist, has helped pioneer a new model of environmental education here at Lime Hollow, based on renowned tracker Jon Young's "Art of Mentoring." Lime Hollow’s summer day camp provides adventure and intellectual exploration for preschool through 12th grade. Our hands-on approach helps connect everyone to nature by making environmental stewardship fun!

Summer Camp Flyers and Forms
Kid watching a caterpillar

Adventure Day Camp (Grades K-8)

Kids exploring nature, socializing, enjoying fresh air, and getting exercise – that's what our Adventure Day Camps are all about. An increasingly popular alternative to traditional day care, killing time at home, and going to "the babysitter" – these popular nature-oriented summer and school-vacation day camps are hitting all-time attendance records.

Adventure Day Camp Flyers and Forms
Children with worm

Forest Preschool

Forest Preschool is guided by the idea that children are naturally drawn to nature, need nature to thrive, and learn with enthusiasm and a sense of wonder when they spend ample time in natural spaces. The forest and fields offer an ideal setting for children to learn about themselves, each other, and their place in the natural world.

Forest Preschool Flyers and Forms
Field trip in the stream at Lime Hollow

Field Trips

Participating in a Lime Hollow environmental education field trip is a fun, natural experience for your students. Over 2,300 elementary students visit Lime Hollow each school year to participate in outdoor educational activities specifically designed to complement and enhance your curriculum.

Field Trip Flyers and Forms
Camper taking notes at picnic table

Home School Program 2021

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.

Home School Program Flyers and Forms

About Lime Hollow

Since 1993, Lime Hollow has offered our region the path less traveled and captured the hearts of both young and old. Here, culture, education, recreation and appreciation of the environment interweave to create endless opportunities for all to explore, connect with and discover the ceaseless wonder of nature.

The Center encompasses nearly 594 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.

How Can You Help?

Become a Member

Become a member of an organization that truly has a positive impact on the quality of life in upstate New York - and a lasting impact on children and adults - through nature preservation, education and recreation.

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The success of Lime Hollow Nature
Center depends upon generous support from individuals like you. Donate online or write a check made out to Lime Hollow and mailed to Lime Hollow Nature Center,
338 McLean Road, Cortland, NY 13045.

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Planned Giving

Now is the time to commemorate your love of the great outdoors, for years to come. Consider making a heritage gift to Lime Hollow. Whether the gift is modest or major, we will be honored and pleased to discuss the possibilities with you.

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Lime Hollow

Lime Hollow is blessed with a dynamic team of dedicated board members, staff members, and interns whose service and contribution we appreciate enormously!