Office of Public Affairs
Dec. 16, 2003
CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961
RICE CREEK FIELD STATION TO HOST WINTER ACTIVITIES
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
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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