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Island Facilities

Access to Governor's Island is provided through our long-term membership at the Clayton Yacht Club (CYC) at Bartlett Point, 3/4 of a mile from Governor’s Island.  Facilities on the island include a boathouse and docks at the foot of the island, and a main lodge and living cabins on the bluff.  The Main Lodge serves as an office for the TIBS research program, as well as providing kitchen and bath facilities. Also located at the head of the island are the director's cabin and staff residences.

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Main Lodge

main lodge interior
Main Lodge Interior


The Frank Cean researcher building was constructed in 2013 and will provide housing to staff, visiting faculty and students along with office and meeting space. It was primarily funded through private donations and support from the community including a Northern New York Community Foundation challenge grant.

Frank Cean Research Building

Frank Cean Researcher Building


The boathouse and Marc A.F. Baker aquatic ecology lab contains a wet lab with filtered flow-through and a temperature control system, a small dry lab, tool shop, and gear & equipment storage. Docks allow access of 6-10' draft vessels up to 50'. TIBS boats include a 22' Privateer with 150 HP Honda 4-stroke, a 20' SeaArk with a 90 HP Evinrude, a 17' Boston Whaler with 90 HP Mercury 4-stroke, a 16' Stanley with a 40HP 4-stroke, a 18' XPress with 25HP 4-stroke, and several other smaller boats.

boat house and Aquatic lab
Boat House and Marc A.F. Baker Aquatic Ecology Lab

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Wet Laboratory with Flow-Through System

Mainland Facilities

A research annex is leased cooperatively through the Thousand Island Land Trust (TILT). The research annex provides mainland access to student offices, laboratory space and equipment and is within walking distance of the CYC.

Research annex
The Research Annex


TIBS at Governor's Island is located in the Town of Clayton, NY, 90 miles north of Syracuse, NY.

From ESF, take 81N through Watertown, NY to Exit 47. At the end of the exit ramp, go left on NYS 12 approximately 20 miles to Clayton, NY. At the stoplight, go left onto 12E, cross the French Creek bridge, and continue 0.7 mile to Barlett Pt. Road on the right. Turn down Bartlett Point Road and follow to the Clayton Yacht Club (CYC). Parking is on the upper level, ABOVE docking area. Call for a ride; all pets must be restrained.

The research annex is located on the 1st right past Bartlett Pt. Road, two brick entrance pillars are at the access road, take a left to the metallic building complex (Zenda Farm).