Primitive Locations

We are grateful for the opportunity to offer camps at a variety of excellent locations throughout the Finger Lakes region. These diverse and wild ecosystems offer the best of convenience and vast natural beauty to explore.   

Cornell Campus, Beebe Lake

This area encompasses the mature forest along the shores of Beebe Lake, near the center of the Cornell Campus. The North Shore component includes the forested slope from Helen Newman Hall eastward to the end of Beebe Lake at Sackett Bridge, and then northeast along Fall Creek to the Forest Home bridge. Also included are the forested lands on both sides of Pleasant Grove Road. The South Shore component includes forested areas along Forest Home Drive from Triphammer Bridge to Sackett Bridge and the forested slope below Mann Library.

Finger Lakes National Forest

Take a walk on the wild side - 16,212 acres of it! Open meadows, deep ravines, evergreen and deciduous forests, wild blueberries and blackberries, and streams make this site a favorite for both campers and wildlife to explore. Nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes we’ll travel just a few of its 30 miles of interconnecting trails as we find our home in the areas largest wilderness area. Epic beauty indeed!

Directions: *Please print a paper copy of these directions and map, in case your GPS/phone doesn't have coverage, and plan an extra 30 minutes or so on your first trip to this site, just in case you need some extra time finding your way.*

*Also please follow these directions; the local residents have asked that we use this route since lots of traffic along Potomac, a dirt road, has a direct harmful impact on their many farm animals.*

Finger Lakes National Forest The best address that currently works on Google maps is 2799 Interloken Trail, Interlaken, NY 14847. Use Google maps only for this address. Go to the parking lot of the Teeter Pond access point, on the Interloken Trail.

From Ithaca, take Rt. 96 into Trumansburg and turn left on to Hector St/Rt 227. Take a quick right onto Searsburg Rd; stay on this road for 5.2 miles. Make a right turn onto Vesa Rd. At the end of Vesa, turn left on Seneca/Town Line Road (there is no sign). Continue west approximately 1 mile (passing Potomac Road), and the parking area for Teeter Pond will be the next driveway on your left after Potomac Road.

Monkey Run​​ Natural Area

We are grateful for our long-standing partnership-in-stewardship with Cornell Botanic Gardens. The Monkey Run Natural Area at the Cornell Botanic Gardens is contiguous with 4-H Acres and includes 550 acres along a wild and scenic portion of Fall Creek. Summer would not be the same without the wonder and awe such as is inspired by this beautiful, protected natural area. It’s enough to convince any young explorer the value of stewardship done well.

Arnot Forest

Just south of Ithaca, the Arnot Forest Field Campus (611 County Rd 13, Van Etten) holds a diversity of habitats across its 4,200 acres, including open land, ponds, a sugarbush (for maple sugaring) as well as several species of pine. More details about this location and rentals are available on our ARNOT FOREST detail page.

Ellis Hollow Community Center

Woods, meadows, swamps, and beavers dams among the headwaters of Cascadilla Creek are a few of the features of this area connected to the Ellis Hollow Community Center (111 Genung Rd, Ithaca NY 14850). Come join us in the cozy thickets and clay caches as we explore the rich diversity of animal habitats making this little corner of Ithaca a naturalist's treasure!

4-H Acres

Our Home Base camp (418 Lower Creek Rd, Ithaca NY 14850)! Come explore over 400 acres of diverse environments, ash groves, hemlock forest, beaver swamps, bubbling streams, open fields, and more. Meet Grandmother Hickory and explore Village Camp, with its primitive shelter and cob oven. Have a snack in White Pine Camp, then play epic games or help track the wild fisher cats that have moved into the area after 100 years.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Campers choosing to go on the road with Primitive Pursuits as a Trailblazer, Wilderness Explorer or River Scout will meet each morning at Cornell Cooperative Extension (615 Willow Ave, Ithaca NY 14850). Camps requiring transportation to a different wilderness area each day will begin at 8:30AM and end at 4:00PM. From Ithaca, take Route 13 north past the ScienCenter, turn right on Dey Street, then immediately right on Willow Ave. The parking lot will be on your left around the corner. We’ll be waiting for you in the yard. Please park and walk your child to check in. Please do not idle in the lot/driveway as this blocks traffic for other staff & programs at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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