Wednesday, 16 December 2015 13:51

Rice Creek to Offer Nature Education Programs This Winter

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SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station this winter will host children, hikers, bird enthusiasts and others interested in the natural world.

Story Hour at Rice Creek, sharing tales of animals' wild ways and how humans relate to the natural world, will take place at 11 a.m. on three Saturdays: Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and March 5. The programs are designed for elementary-age children, though all are welcome. An adult must accompany children. There is no fee, and Rice Creek offers the program in support of SUNY's partnership with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes national initiative.

Naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles will explore what winter winds bring at 11 a.m. on six Saturdays: Jan. 23 and 30, Feb. 20 and 27 and March 19 and 26. Those planning to attend should call 315-312-6677 the morning of each hike to check trail conditions. Since program size is limited, the rambles cannot accommodate groups. An adult must accompany children.

The field station again will provide opportunities on most Saturdays for families or anyone to help count birds at Rice Creek feeders from an indoor viewing area. The state-of-the-art building is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. most Saturdays. Trails are open during daylight hours.

Registrations are now being accepted for a winter Conservation Field Studies program for teens and for Exploring Nature next summer for children. For more information and to register, visit or call 315-312-6677.

Rice Creek, a 400-acre living laboratory, is located a mile south of SUNY Oswego's main campus off Thompson Road. The year-round field station and mixed-terrain property provides opportunities for field-oriented research in the biological and earth sciences, and helps advance knowledge through community education, research and ecological stewardship.

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