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Inspiring all of us to create a more beautiful, resilient, and just world.

Every child has the basic human right to play, learn, and grow outdoors; developing a life-long relationship with the living world.

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A Conversation with Carolyn Finney

Join us on Thursday, February 25th @ 6pm for this free, virtual event

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Our community means everything to us.

That's why we ask all visitors over the age of 2 (even Gaia) to please wear face coverings. We're going to beat this together.

COVID-19 Updates
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Fostering environmental stewardship since 1999.

Ithaca Children’s Garden is an award-winning, 3-acre public children’s garden designed for kids, and enjoyed by all.

About the Garden
Take a rock, learn their story

ICG stands with those fighting against systemic racism, police violence, and white supremacy.

Read more on ICG's response to the fight for racial justice here and check out our Anti-Racism Resources.

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Growing the Garden
means growing the future.

We believe the best way to do that is to get more children outside, with hands-on sensory experiences, having fun in the natural world. ICG is a place where kids can be kids & adults can feel good about it.

70K
Visitors to the Garden each year
8k
Served through direct programming each year
22
Years of connecting children to nature
What’s on at ICG

ICG Events and Programs: providing equitable access to nature

One-of-a kind at ICG

ICG is excited to bring these signature events back in 2022.

Uncover what makes this place so special to so many

Let the exploring begin!

Magical moments await your discovery at ICG, thanks to the big-hearted generosity of many. If you love what you see, consider supporting ICG’s work to ensure all children experience the wonders of nature.

School-based Outdoor Learning

ICG can help schools or entire districts improve use of schoolyards for outdoor learning.

Education Programs

From summer camp and outdoor preschool, to field trips and after school, ICG has you!

Anti-Racism Resources

Working on equity and anti-racism isn’t easy, but we do it anyway. Come join us on the journey!

Visit the Garden

With 3 acres right in the City, free for you to explore 365 days a year, what are you waiting for? Discover the magic every season.

COVID-19 Updates

The outdoors is one of the safest places to be during a pandemic… especially when we do our part.

What is Play?

Play: It may not be what you think. Inspired by playwork principles, the Garden and ICG programs are designed with play at the center.

Support the Garden

Sooo many fun and rewarding ways to support the wonderful work of connecting children to nature… take a look!

Questions for the Garden?

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do drop us a line: info@ithacachildrensgarden.org

Learn why kids love Ithaca Children’s Garden

“I get to touch real things,
instead of a touch screen.”

A special Thank You to Our

Key Partners & Sponsors

More than just a place for kids

Here’s what parents have to say about ICG

ICG connects children to nature and changes lives, thanks to our generous community of benefactors.

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