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Dec. 16, 2003

CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961


    OSWEGO -- Nature walks, hands-on creative activities and an educational environmental workshop are among the activities planned this winter at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station.

    The Old Man Winter Wander will explore wildlife's cold weather habits from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Participants will hike the nature center's trails to see and hear how the station's inhabitants stand up to winter. Snowshoes may be required; participants may bring their own or borrow them. A limited number of snowshoes that should fit most attendees age 10 and up are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Program size is limited, with pre-registration required before Jan. 14. Participation fee is $5.

    The tales of animals and their wild ways come to life during editions of Nature's Story Hour, held at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and March 27. The admission-free story hours are designed for elementary school children, but everyone is welcome to attend. An adult must accompany children age 7 and younger.

    Artist Mary Pierce will lead a hands-on printmaking workshop at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. The session, designed for adults only, will allow attendees to create one-of-a-kind prints and valentines. Program size is limited, and pre-registration is required before Jan. 28. Participation fee is $10.

    A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles -- winter walks showcasing the birds, buds and creatures of the station -- will start at 1 p.m. on four Saturdays: Feb. 21 and March 6, 13 and 20. Those interested should call on the morning of the hike to see if a snowshoe walk will be included. A limited number of snowshoes fitting those 10 years of age and older are available on a first-come, first-served basis. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free hike.

    The Project Wild Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, will introduce teachers and youth leaders to a selection of environmental-education children's activities. Participants will receive a Project Wild activity guide and other educational materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Teachers should check with their districts to see if they can receive in-service credit. Space is limited for this admission-free program, with pre-registration required before Feb. 18.

    For additional information on any of these programs, or to make reservations, call 312-7961.

    Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. The research building, with exhibits and an indoor viewing gallery, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trails are open every day for hiking and biking from dawn to dusk.

    The field station accommodates the general public and serves as a center for college courses and research. It is located on Thompson Road, a quarter-mile south of State Route 104, just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.

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