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 land is managed primarily for preservation--to maintain biological diversity and ecological integrity.  A conservation easement held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust protects the Robinson Preserve in perpetuity and stipulates low-impact use.  

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). Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is also prevalent on the property, growing as tall as 130 feet.  The defining feature of the Preserve is Van Buskirk Gulf,  where a perennial stream makes several drops in a narrow gorge.  Pools beneath these falls and throughout the downstream course serve as spawning habitat for species of trout and other fish.  Other microsites within the gorge are home to 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 ICNL Faculty Manager, Jake Brenner. Contact him at, or via phone at 607-274-3967.