Support Us

Your donation — whether its $10 or $1,000 — directly supports public educational programs, exhibits, collections, and research. Specific examples include:

Nature Center Camp Scholarships

We were able to offer 14 full and five partial scholarships in 2013. These scholarships were made possible through generous donations from the community. With your help, we can offer more scholarships this year. These scholarships go to campers who otherwise would not get an opportunity to have a traditional camp experience with all of its fun and exciting activities.

Community Accessibility Program

We are dedicated to providing education to everyone. This program was developed to ensure that Earth science and environmental education is available to everyone regardless of resources or special needs. These needs are met through a variety of events such as Winter Free Days, Community Day, and Agency Memberships.

Student Research Scholarships

PRI staff mentor and supervise both graduate and undergraduate students working on paleontological research. Our undergraduates come from Cornell University and a variety of other institutions and our current graduate students are PhD. students at Cornell University. PRI offers two student research awards annually and your support will enable us to continue providing this important program.

Kids Discover the Trail!

Both the Museum and the Cayuga Nature Center are part of Kids Discover the Trail!, a curriculum-based field trip program that takes school children to eight cultural sites. We are working to expand the program beyond Tompkins County into Dryden and Lansing. When the program has fully expanded, 6,000 elementary students will participate each school year. Please consider making a donation to help this important program!

We couldn't do these things without your generous support.

If you would like information about other ways to support us, including making a gift of stock or including us in your estate plans, please contact Elizabeth Brando at or 607-273-6623 x15. Thank you!