The ICNL Reserves

Bob Robinson Family Preserve

The Bob Robinson Family Preserve consists of 82 acres located on Piper Road in the Town of Newfield. The Robinson Family donated the preserve to Ithaca College in the 1970s.  This area is managed primarily for preservation--to maintain the biological diversity and ecological integrity of this special area.  A conservation easement held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust stipulating low-impact uses of land in the Robinson Preserve in perpetuity.  

The Preserve has a variety of forest types, with stands of oak (Quercus spp.), northern hardwoods, northern softwoods, eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), and white pine (Pinus strobus). The relatively rare tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is also prevalent on the property, growing as tall as 130 feet.  The defining feature of the Preserve is the steep-walled Van Buskirk Gulf,  where a relatively high-volume perennial stream plunges several meters in a spectacular waterfall.  The plunge pool and others downstream are spawning habitat for multiple species of trout and other fish.  This and other microsites are home to some rare and unique plants such as the walking fern (Asplenium rhizophyllum).  The site is a Tompkins County Unique Natural Area.  

Access to the Robinson Family Preserve is restricted, with permission granted by the Faculty Manager.