How and Where to Find Us
TCAT Bus: Route 41 is a Demand and Response zone that services 4-H Acres. You may arrange transportation to and from 4-H Acres by calling TCAT at 607-277-7433.
School Bus: Your child's school bus may be able to drop-off at our after-school programs! To arrange school-bus drop-off, call ICSD Transportation at 607-274-2128.
Way2Go: Way2Go works collaboratively to help people find alternative transportation options. Check out their website to explore the many transportation options of Tompkins County: Way2Go
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.
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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Program participants choosing to go on the road 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 drop off at 8:30AM and end pickup at 4:00PM.
From Ithaca, take Route 13 north past the ScienCenter, turn right on Dey Street, then immediately right on Willow Ave. The CCE parking lot will be on your left around the corner. It can be a bit of a challenge with lots of coming-and-going at CCE. To help everyone navigate drop off and pick up more easefully, we ask that you use the following system in the morning and afternoon:
Feel free to circle through the CCE lot if you're simply letting child/ren in or out of your vehicle. An instructor will be on hand near the CCE garden to receive them in the morning and guide them to your vehicle in the afternoon.
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!
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: Finger Lakes National Forest The best address that currently works on Google maps is 2799 Interloken Trail, Interloken, NY 14847. Use Google maps only for this address. Go to the parking lot of the Teeter Pond access point, on the Interloken Trail.
*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.*
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.
YMCA Outdoor Education Area
110 beautiful wooded acres of maple and pine successional forest bordering Ecovillage and Coy Glen Natural Area. This site has a large network of trails, a small creek, and many special glades of older trees where time is forgotten. YMCA Outdoor Education Area is located conveniently on Ithaca's West Hill (1350 Mecklenburg Rd, Ithaca NY 14850).