In addition to the wide variety of birds and insects that naturally flock to the Garden, ICG is home to a collection of hens and honeybees that are assets to the Garden in both an ecological and educational way.
Bird Habitat Garden
ICG's Bird Garden invites children to flap their "wings," peer out the birdhouse window, dig for delicious worms, and listen for bird calls.
Bulb Labyrinth Memorial Garden
Designed in partnership with the Ithaca Childbearing Loss Network, the Bulb Labyrinth Memorial Garden is a sanctuary fostering hope, love, peace, and remembrance.
Gaia The Turtle
As the official face of ICG and a symbol of Mother Earth, Gaia sits by the Garden's southern entrance to welcome visitors from near and far.
Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone
In this space of the Garden, kids truly reign supreme. With a wild assortment of materials and plenty of room to get creative, imaginations run wild and nature play comes to life!
Where Garden education meets hands on practice to create some wholesome and undeniably delicious memories!
Cultivated and cared for by campers, visitors, TUF teens, and volunteers alike, it's no wonder the Kitchen Garden remains bountiful year after year. Sampling is highly encouraged!
Recycled "Green" House
While this green house may not function like your typical greenhouse, it's assuredly not a Garden attraction to be missed!
Rice Paddy Pond
Visit the rice paddy pond to search for tadpoles, bullfrogs, and koi fish or to watch the rice grow right in front of your eyes.
Stories come alive like never before as you stroll through nature.
Built from straw and complete with a living roof, the Troll House is the perfect playspace for children to let their imaginations explore.
TUF Farm Stand
Run on a weekly basis by the TUF Teens, the Farm Stand is the perfect spot to get uber fresh, youth cultivated produce and ice cold drinks all summer long!
Step through the Garden’s gates and be welcomed by the expansive Village Green, the heart of the Garden and a hub of activity year round.
Wetlands & Bioswale
Full of surprises and lively discovery, this hidden gem of the Garden is not to be missed.
Follow the winding path through the Wildflower Meadow to discover an untamed and ever changing collection plants and insects.
In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms.
Earthworms are a source of food for numerous animals like birds, rats, and toads.
Worms do not have eyes but they can sense light, especially at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long.
A red worm is moist to the touch because of a slimy coating which keeps it from drying out.
If a worm’s tail is cut off it will grow back. This is called regeneration. It will not become two separate worms.
Worms move by contracting their circular and long muscles that run throughout their bodies.
The forward part of the worm’s body has five pairs of hearts. Blood is pumped by muscular action.
Worms have bristles on the underside of their bodies to assist them in moving throughout the soil. A worm does not have lungs. It gets oxygen through its skin and must remain moist to live.
Worms live where there is food, moisture, oxygen, and a favorable temperature. If they don’t have these things where they are, they’ll go someplace else.
Worms help make soil healthy.
Worms tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.