Kids Discover the Trail! is a collaboration between Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), Ithaca City School District (ICSD), and the Discovery Trail that brings every ICSD student in pre-K through Grade 5 to the eight Discovery Trail organizations over the course of their elementary school years. More than 90% of the district’s elementary classes participate in the program, which combines classroom activities with field trips to the Discovery Trail sites.

Visit the program website for a complete introduction as well as links to a wiki site highlighting "best practices" of school and museum educators involved with Kids Discover the Trail!

Kids Discover the Trail! provides curriculum-based field trips to the eight sites of the Discovery Trail (Cayuga Nature Center, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, The History Center in Tompkins County, Museum of the Earth at PRI, Sciencenter, and Tompkins County Public Library) for ICSD students in pre-K to Grade 5. Classrooms from different ICSD elementary schools are partnered to increase opportunities for students and families from different neighborhoods to get to know each other.

This program is funded by gifts from local foundations, businesses and community members made to the IPEI; by gifts to the eight Discovery Trail organizations; and is supported by ICSD. For more information please contact ICSD by e-mail or at (607) 256-4734.

As part of our KDT! program, teaching artist and actress Holly Adams leads young learners (pre-K to Grade 1) to use movement and imagination to explore two special works of art from our collection.