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CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961
May 19, 2003
OSWEGO -- Nature hikes, an artistic activity and an educational environmental workshop will highlight the summer season at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station.
A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles -- hikes introducing participants to the birds, buds, blooms and creatures of the station -- will commence at 1 p.m. on several Saturdays: June 7, 21 and 28 and July 12 and 19. Attendees are asked to call to check on trail conditions on the morning of the hike. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7, local artist and art teacher Mary Lee Miles will host a beginning "Wildflower Drawing" class. Miles invites adults to bring colored pencils and pictures of their favorite wildflowers. Program size is limited, and pre-registration is required by May 27. Participation fee is $10.
The Project Wild Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, will introduce teachers and youth leaders to educational children's activities concerning the environment. Because parts of the workshop will be held outside, participants should dress appropriately, organizers said. Participants will receive a Project Wild activity guide and other environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Teachers attending the workshop are asked to check with their districts about receiving in-service credit. Space is limited for this admission-free program, with pre-registration required by July 25.
For additional information on any of these programs, or to make reservations, call 312-7961.
In addition, the field station continues to seek volunteer help in cleaning up fallen trees, clearing trails and dealing with other challenges from this year's ice storm. Volunteers are needed for the next several weeks with cleanup and brush-clearing sessions starting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Those interested are asked to call the field station in advance for more information at 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, which features 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. during the summer. 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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