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Fall 2014

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Each 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.  Check the tabs below for details about these family-friendly free programs.

Tour Rice Creek Field Station
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.

Celebrate Family and Friends Weekend 2014
Rice Creek welcomes all to Family and Friends Weekend 2014.  Stop by the Rice Creek from 9 to 4:30 on October 24th and 9 to 3 on October 25th. 

Star Party at Rice Creek Field Station - rescheduled to Thursday November 20
In partnership with the SUNY Oswego Astronomy Club, there will be star watches at Rice Creek this fall.  This free event is Tuesday November 18 at 9 o'clock.  Those interested in attending should call 315-312-2790 after 7 pm on November 18 or, if that viewing is canceled, the rain date (Thursday November 20) to see if the event is canceled due to clouds.

Closed  Thursday November 27 & Saturday November 29

Programs administered by Dr. Diann C. Jackson .

Rice Creek Rambles

Explore the trails and wetlands at Rice Creek to see fall changes.  
Join us for these free family-friendly naturalist-led fall walks.  Come dress for the weather. 
We will start at main building at 11 o'clock on these Saturdays.   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.  

SEPTEMBER
27

OCTOBER

4, 25

NOVEMBER

8, 22

DECEMBER

13

Programs are free and open to the public.  

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of the rambles!

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 free programs are designed for elementary aged children though all are welcome. An adult must accompany children.  SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station offers Story Hour in support of SUNY's partnership with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes national initiative.  

September 20
Poetry of the season will inspire you along with a short Wild Words Walk to create some tales of your own.

October 18
Indian Tales for Little Folks by W.F. Phillips will introduce you to Native American animal creation stories and legends in pictures and words.

November 15
A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks by author Brian Heinz and beautifully illustrated by local artist Maggie Henry of Oswego, NY will tell you more about the signs of the changing seasons.
Maggie Henry will come to Rice Creek Field Station for this very special session of story hour.  We are pleased to have this talented local artist join us for our upcoming story hour. 

Programs are free and open to the public. 

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events!

Ongoing Events

Tour Rice Creek Field Station
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.

Bird Banding
at Rice Creek will resume in the 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.

Visit the Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden
The garden is getting ready for winter but will not be put to bed until the first hard frost.

Natural History Displays
Featured among the displays inside the building are butterflies, a rare Harlequin Duck, student research projects, art panels and limited edition prints by local  naturalist John A. Weeks and more.
Located in the library area at Rice Creek are photograph binders about bird banding at Rice Creek and local butterflies.