Discover ecology at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Explore the hiking trails on our 2,000 acre campus.
We are pleased to announce that Cary's lowlands are opening early. Starting on Saturday, March 20, the internal roadway through our lowlands will be open to visitors. Gates will open by 8:30am and close at sunset. Please enter the lowlands from Cary’s Route 82 entrance and park in designated areas. The lowlands will remain open as long as weather conditions are favorable (no snow!).
On April 1, the Fern Glen and hiking trails will open for the season. To access the trails please park at Cary East/Gifford House, or in designated areas along Fowler Road or the internal roadway. Please note: Lovelace Drive is closed to vehicle traffic. Pedestrians can access the Fern Glen by parking in the areas mentioned and using the trails or internal roads. Walking on Lovelace Drive is permitted.
Our campus is home to a research complex, analytical laboratories, an environmental monitoring station, classrooms, an education department, and an auditorium. The grounds are a laboratory for field research, with extensive studies on the ecology of Lyme disease.
While most of our grounds are set aside for field studies, parts of the campus have been reserved for public education and enjoyment.
Directions Trail Reports
April 1 - October 31
Trails are open from sunrise to sunset
Internal roadway gates are open from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
November 1 - March 31
For the safety of visitors, hiking trails and roadways are closed.
Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in New York's mid-Hudson Valley, the Cary Institute offers visitors a range of recreational and learning experiences.
To provide the space needed to convene and create, the ground floor of the Plant Science Building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art conference center. Three large conference rooms and an open community space host meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Be sure to drop by next time you visit. The airy, modern renovation was designed by award-winning architects James and Hayes Slade.
(Photo from January 2020)