Cayuga Nature Center Lodge

Help make the Lodge more accessible to everyone!


Proposed alterations to make the Lodge entrance more accessible and welcoming

Join us in making the Cayuga Nature Center, PRI''s newest public venue for education, more accessible to all visitors. The enhancements, which are sensitive to the historical appearance of the WPA-era building, will provide a more welcoming experience by summer 2014.

The alterations will include wheelchair ramps at the new building entrance, an accessible lift to the second floor, a large double-door entrance, and a new lobby and reception area. PRI merged with the Nature Center in 2013 and these enhancements are part of a larger strategic multi-phase effort to develop a "new" Nature Center, which will serve as a premier educational venue for teaching and learning about the natural history of the Cayuga Lake basin. Future exhibits and programming will focus on the local climate, evolution, forest ecology, flora and fauna, and human impacts.

PRI Director Dr. Warren D. Allmon explains that, "We want to make the experience of the person using the ramp or lift as enjoyable as the person using the stairs." Designer of the project, Ithaca architect Claudia Brenner, emphasizes how the history of the 1939 Lodge guided the design of the renovation. Brenner states, "The new entrance and interior lift will make the Cayuga Nature Center more accessible. The proposed canopy reflects the historic porch, which was enclosed in the early 1990''s. The stonework and lighting will complement the historic features of the existing building." McPherson Builders of Ithaca is the general contractor. Both architect and contractor have extensive experience in accessibility and historic preservation projects.

This project costs $231,000 and we have raised $153,000. Please help us raise $79,000 by June 1st!