The Cayuga Nature Center is a non-profit organization located on 120 acres of land overlooking Cayuga Lake on Route 89 in Ithaca, New York. On the property you will find a historic lodge that features a full kitchen and dining area, conference rooms, a Pee Wee room with environmental exhibits for young children, and an exhibit hall called the Great Room with two fireplaces and a spacious sun porch. We house live reptiles, mammals and birds in both our indoor and outdoor enclosures. The lodge serves as CNC's primary year round program site and facility for summer and school break camps, group rentals, and several educational programs including TEAM Challenge, our ropes course which promotes team-building among members of any kind of group (co-workers, classmates, family, Greek brothers/sisters, sports teams, girl/boy scouts, community or church members, etc.) Outside the lodge CNC maintains miles of hiking trails, open 365 days a year for walking, birding and nature interpretation. These trails take visitors through a deciduous climax forest, along gorges and streams, and close to habitats of a variety of native plants and wildlife. You will also find our impressive six-story tree house, TreeTops, as well as a seasonal Butterfly House, gardens, and much more. In addition to public programs and camps, local schools and researchers from Cornell University and Ithaca College regularly utilize CNC's properties. In the past twenty-five years, CNC program participants have increased three-fold, and today we welcome approximately 25,000 visitors to our property each year. Over the years, CNC has increasingly offered off-site programs that share our message not only through new media resources including the internet, but also give instruction to teachers and students alike on how to learn using their own environs. The Nature Center is a well-loved community resource, and has successfully collaborated with many organizations over the years to secure funds for special projects related to environmental education.