[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: Cornell University is in a beautiful, natural environment surrounded by lakes, gorges, and waterfalls. Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges run through Cornell's campus and are great places for hiking, birding, relaxing, and other physical and mental wellness activities. Explore the gorges using the marked trails, which are carefully maintained for all to enjoy and signed with useful information to safely guide you.
SPEAKER 2: These gorges have a dangerous side, too. The slopes are very steep in places, and unstable rocks or other debris make proximity and access to the water unsafe. The surface of the water may appear calm but there are serious hazards lurking below. Strong currents and hidden rock formations form deep holes beneath the surface, creating eddies that can trap debris and people underwater. Even the strongest swimmers cannot compete with the power of these currents. Sadly, students have died while attempting to swim in the gorges. Impaired judgment due to alcohol or other substances increases both the risk and probability of injury or death.
SPEAKER 1: These risks are why swimming in the gorges is illegal and strictly prohibited. Stay on the trails and in designated areas.
SPEAKER 2: Violating these regulations will put you and others in serious danger that could result in bodily injury or even death.
SPEAKER 1: If you find yourself in an emergency situation, use a blue light emergency phone or call 911 and look for the nearest red emergency locator sign to let first responders know where you are.
SPEAKER 2: From May through September, you will see official gorge stewards in gorge areas. They're there for your benefit. They love showing people the gorges and explaining how you can enjoy and use them safely.
SPEAKER 1: There are legal swimming areas off campus at local pools, state parks, and recreation areas. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or paddling on Cayuga Lake or on Beebe Lake through a Cornell Outdoor Education class.
SPEAKER 2: Explore more than 240 miles of trails, both on campus and off, throughout Tompkins County. And enjoy the natural beauty of Ithaca, but exercise caution and follow the rules when visiting the gorges.
SPEAKER 1: This safety message is part of the Nathaniel Rand Class of 2012 Memorial Gorge Safety Education Program, named in memory of Nathaniel Rand who died in a gorge drowning accident in 2011.
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Cornell’s gorges are beautiful and inviting, but pose real dangers. Please view this short video for ways to explore the gorges safely and responsibly.