Office of Public Affairs

(315) 312-2265

May 12, 2004

CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961


    OSWEGO -- Nature hikes, following frogs, creativity activities and a bird-watching tour are among the summer activities scheduled at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station.

    From 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5, "Frolicking with Frogs" will introduce children and adults to the abundance of amphibians at Rice Creek Field Station. A walk led by Pat Carney will explore the habitats and habits of local frogs in the woods and on the water. Participants in this indoor and outdoor program should wear old clothes, sneakers or water boots and insect repellant. There is a $5 program fee, and reservations are required before May 26.

    A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles -- hikes alongside the birds, buds and creatures of the station -- will start at 11 a.m. on five Saturdays: June 12 and 26, July 17 and 31 and Aug. 7. Participants should call the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for these admission-free hikes.

    Area artist Mary Pierce will lead a printmaking program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. This program, geared toward adults, will show participants how to create one-of-a-kind prints without a press. Materials will be provided, although those who own a rolling pin may want to bring it. Participation fee is $10, with registration required before June 1.

    "Project Wild: Science and Civics," from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24, will familiarize teachers and youth leaders with activities and lessons that can get students involved in environmental action projects. Designed especially for teams of secondary science and social studies teachers, this session takes an interdisciplinary approach the environment, research and community interaction. A curriculum guide and other educational materials from the state's Department of Environmental Conservation will be provided. There is no fee for the program, but pre-registration is required before July 9.

    Feathered friends of the field will be the focus of "Late Summer Birds at Rice Creek" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Ornithologist Gerry Smith will lead a tour showcasing late-summer residents and early-autumn migratory birds. Smith also will discuss the importance of wild areas in helping summer birds prepare for migration and the change of season. An adult must accompany any children under age 12. Pre-registration is required before Aug. 1, and there is a $5 program fee.  

    For additional information on any of these programs or to make reservations, call 312-7961. Program sizes are limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged for the special sessions.

    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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