Nature Education

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Spring 2014

rcfs winterEach season Rice Creek offers these opportunities for children, adults and families to interact with and learn about nature.  Look for new programs and returning favorites this season, including tours of our new facility.

Tour the New Rice Creek
Stop by to visit Rice Creek and learn about the sustainability features of our new 7,600 square-foot energy-efficient main building and facility.



Programs administered by Dr. Diann C. Jackson .

Rice Creek Rambles

Explore the trails and wetlands in search of the latest spring arrivals.  Join us for these free naturalist-led early spring walks at Rice Creek. 

We will start at main building at 11 o'clock on these Saturdays.  Come dress for the weather.  Those planning to attend are asked to call 315-312-6677 on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions.  Since program size is limited, we are not able to accommodate groups.  An adult needs to accompany children.  

April 5
Spring Awakenings

May 10
Birds, Bugs, Blooms

Programs are free and open to the public.  

We look forward to seeing you at one or both events!

Story Hour

Join us at 11 o'clock as we share tales of nature, animals' wild ways, and how we relate to our world around us. Since program size is limited, we are not able to accommodate groups. These programs are designed for elementary aged children though all are welcome. An adult must accompany children. There is no fee for these programs.

April 26
Rainbow Crow relates the Lenape lagend with beautiful illustrations and a lesson of service to others.

May 31
The Salamander Room captures your imagination while demonstating what living things need to survive.

 

Ongoing Events

Tour the New Rice Creek
Stop by to visit Rice Creek and learn about the sustainability features of our new 7,200 square-foot energy-efficient main building and facility.

Bird Banding
at Rice Creek will resume this later this spring. Come and observe birds in hand during the capture, banding and release of resident and migrating songbirds. Call us for a schedule: 315-312-6678.


Rice Creek Reflections

Sunday, April 27, 3-4 p.m. Andy Nelson, retired SUNY Oswego professor and former field station director, will present a program on the Flora of Oswego.

Sunday, May 11, 3-4 p.m. Professor Lytton Musselman of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, will give a presentation and workshop on Wild Edible Plants. He will prepare some of his recipes of wild edibles.


Programs are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both events!

Summer Youth & Teens

Since 1983, Exploring Nature has been an education program designed to encourage young people's curiosity and concern about their world.  Participants explore and investigate life around Rice Creek while discovering nature first hand through nature walks, activities and games.  Ages 5 to 15.

Exploring Nature Scholarship details as well as registration information are now available.

Want to attend SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station's summer program but have aged out of Exploring Nature? We are offering Conservation Field Studies this summer for teens who are rising 9th graders to teens having completed 12th   grade.  The focus will be environmental stewardship along with team building. 

Conservation Field Studies Scholarship details and registration information are now available.