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fallEach season Rice Creek Field Station 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 and other things to do while at Rice Creek.

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 2015
Rice Creek welcomes all to Family and Friends Weekend 2015.  Stop by from 9 to 4:30 on Friday October 23th and 9 to 3 on Saturday October 24th.

Homecoming Weekend 2015
Rice Creek welcomes all to Homecoming Weekend 2015.  Stop by from 9 to 4:30 on Friday November 13th and 9 to 3 on Saturday November 14th.

Programs administered by Dr. Diann C. Jackson .

Rice Creek Rambles

Beat the heat in the shady woods and wetlands at Rice Creek.  Join us for these family friendly free naturalist-led walks.
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
19, 26

OCTOBER
3, 17, 24, 31

NOVEMBER
7, 21, 28

DECEMBER
5

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.  

SEPT 12
In The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer a young child imagines how to make a woodland sanctuary for a salamander. After the story there will be a project about habitats.

OCT 10
Sharing Stories about animals getting ready for winter will be featured during this presentation. Bring along your favorite book on this topic to share with everyone.

NOV 14
A Sampling of Poetry for Children Join our certified English teacher as she shares her love for language and nature and then helps you create some poetry in fun and interesting ways.

DEC 12
Forest Green: A Walk through the Adirondack Seasons by Liana Mahoney and beautifully illustrated by local artist Maggie Henry of Oswego, NY will transport you to the Adirondack woods through the changing seasons. Maggie will be present at this special Story Hour presentation.

Programs are free and open to the public. 

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

Rice Creek Reflections

Saturday, September 12 from 2 to 3:30 pm
Tree Indentification/Ash Borer

Join us for this presentation and trail walk, weather permitting, by Joe Chairvolotti the Dirstrict Forester for Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

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 this season. 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.

Star Party at Rice Creek Field Station
In partnership with the SUNY Oswego Astronomy Club, there may be star watches at Rice Creek this season.  Check back for more details.

Visit the Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden
The garden is getting ready for the end of season ... look for signs that it is starting to go to sleep.   After the first hard frost, the garden will be put to bed until spring.

Visit the Wildlife Viewing Area
Relax on the patio and see what animals are at our bird feeders, the water garden with plants for butterflies and hummingbirds, and the row of shrubs planted for wildlife located between the water garden and the pond.

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.