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Dec. 11, 2002



OSWEGO -- Winter walks, story sessions and educational events are some of the activities planned for the upcoming season at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station.

Rice Creek Rambles, naturalist-led walks slated on alternate Saturdays, will introduce attendees to the winter wonders and diverse habitats and creatures of the station. These admission-free nature hikes will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 18, Feb. 1 and 15, and March 1, 15 and 29.

Those planning to attend should call on the morning of the walk to check on trail conditions and see if the walk includes a snowshoe hike. A limited number of snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. An adult must accompany participating children.

A series of Saturday "Nature's Story Hour" sessions will share tales of animals, their wild ways and how humans relate to them. The programs -- at 1 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 22 -- are designed for elementary school-aged children, but all are welcome to these admission-free sessions. An adult must accompany children under age 8.

The Project Wet workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, will familiarize teachers and youth leaders with activities designed to introduce children to environmental learning. There will be a variety of hands-on workshops -- some of them outdoors, weather permitting.

Participants in Project Wet will receive an activity guide and other environmental education materials provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and a mug for hot beverage. There is no admission fee, but pre-registration before Jan. 29 is recommended.

A special children's event, "Wintering Over at Rice Creek," will explain how the animals of Rice Creek cope with the snowy season. It will be from 10 a.m. to noon March 8. Christina Odell will lead indoor and outdoor activities exploring the many ways animals adapt to surviving winter. An adult must accompany children under 8. There is a $5 fee for attending, with pre-registration recommended before Feb. 26.

Program size is limited for all of these activities. More information and reservations are available by calling 312-7961.

Rice Creek Field Station includes 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to mature forests. Trails are open daily from dawn until dusk. The research station building is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The field station accommodates the public -- individuals, families and groups -- while also serving as the center for college courses and research. It is located south of Route 104 on Thompson Road, which is just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.

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