Fridays in the Field

Backyard science for children of all ages!

Explore the local ecosystem while doing a scavenger hunt. Be a Citizen Scientist and help Cornell University scientists count birds. See how many different kinds of insects you can find in the Wagner's backyard. Observe bees and butterflies as they pollinate the Institute's garden. Use a dichotomous key to identify trees. Draw what you see in nature. Have a picnic! These are all things you can do at Fridays in the Field!

To attend Fridays in the Field, enter the Wagner Institute backyard through the side gate on 17th Street just south of Montgomery Avenue.

In case of rain, Fridays in the Field will be cancelled.

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  • Friday, July 12th - 12-2 PM
  • Friday, July 19th - 12-2 PM
  • Friday, July 26th - 12-2 PM
  • Friday, August 2nd - 1-3 PM
  • Friday, August 9th - 1-3 PM

*Individuals may arrive and depart at any point during these times.

*Groups will be scheduled for a one-hour visit:

  • 12-1 PM or 1-2 PM in July
  • 1-2 PM or 2-3 PM in August

Group Visits

Organized groups are welcome to attend, but must make a reservation. To make a reservation, call: 215-763-6529 x17 or email

*Please note that group access is limited to the backyard during Fridays in the Field.

Group size: Maximum of 60 children

Chaperones: Children must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Groups must bring one chaperone for every 5 children under 8 years old and one chaperone for every 10 children over 8 years old.

Cost: All visits are FREE! A donation of $3 per person is recommended for Fridays in the Field, but any amount is appreciated.









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