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Winter Break Activities

Winter Activities (Local, in-person, and virtual opportunities)

Cornell Winter Cherry Blossoms

Check the CampusGroups Calendar of Events for many events happening during the winter months.

Embrace Winter

  • Tips for surviving Ithaca winters

  • Take a hike to a frozen waterfall (Hiking Guide

  • Cornell University Sustainable Landscapes Trail (Hiking Guide)

  • Cornell Outdoor Education Gear Rental - Ithaca’s most comprehensive outdoor gear rental center is now offering curbside service for everyone. We carry lots of camping gear sleeping bags, pads, tents, stoves, and backpacks - but with snow on the way, you might be most interested in our cross country skis and snowshoes. For information call 607-255-1807 or visit our website (above link).

  • Check out Greek Peak Mountain Resort by having fun in the cascades pools, skiing, snowboarding, zip line tours, snow tubing and much more. Greek Peak is right outside Tompkins county and about 30mins from campus.

  • Low or no cost winter Finger Lakes activities

  • Visit a local museum. Check in advance to see hours and certain additional healthy and safety restrictions (Information on local museums).

  • Birdwatching: Download Merlin Bird ID free app from the Lab of Ornithology and enjoy the spring bird migration.

  • Stargazing: Have you looked up at the sky lately? These free stargazing apps can turn any night sky (even from inside) into a spectacular show of constellations.

Volunteer and Engagement

  • The Public Service Center continues to maintain a diverse listing of volunteer opportunities, many of which are virtual. Needs include communicating with individuals who are isolated, undergoing chemotherapy, or need a helping hand; supporting digital work with the Smithsonian, data entry for nonprofits and a host of others. Visit here for more information.

  • Volunteer with Loaves & Fishes on weekdays.
    • IMPORTANT RULE: volunteers must be at least 25 years old and live alone or with no more than two other persons. This is a change from their regular volunteer requirements and is in response to the pandemic and advice from the health department.
    • Those who would like to volunteer may sign up for a shift on the Loaves & Fishes website, under volunteer registration.
  • The Cornell Club of Ithaca is organizing a Cornell Cares 'Month" in January 2021 On Cornell Cares Day, students and alumni around the world work together on service projects in their hometowns and build connections with fellow Cornellians. Looking for a way to participate safely this year? We've got you covered.  For more information on ways to volunteer through the Cornell Club of Ithaca, please visit the volunteer page.

  • Foundations of Community-Engaged Leadership

Entertainment, Creative Arts, and DIY

Knit Virtually with CMM

Health and Wellness

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone. The following resources are here to support you!

  • Cornell Resources

  • Ithaca Resources (24/7)
  • National Talk-Lines (24/7)
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
    • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386

    • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564

    • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

  • National Text/Chat Services
    • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
    • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a counselor of color)

    • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

    • National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

Coming soon...spring 2021 events. ❄️