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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. 


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.

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.

Programs are free and open to the public. 

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

Sharing Science

Science has less meaning when the processes and outcomes are not shared and communicated.  Beginning at 11 o'clock on these Saturdays, these free programs are designed specifically to share scientific knowledge and perspectives.  We will focus on recent work and resources to make that information broadly available to children, families, teachers, and youth leaders.  Since program size is limited, we are not able to accommodate groups.  An adult needs to accompany children.   

September 13 Emerald Ash Borer     Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District Educator, Erica Schreiner, will give a brief overview of District services and programs. District Forester, Joe Chairvolotti, will explain the background of Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify the signs and symptoms. Immediately following, District staff will conduct a short trail walk focusing on how to successfully identify ash trees and a few potential look-a-likes.

October 11 Composting Fundamentals will help you sort out if you need a bin, pile, tumbler. From kitchen scraps to yard waste, learn about the key ingredients for a healthy compost pile. Come and share your tips for successful composting at home. We use a three-bin system at Rice Creek and will explain why.

December 6 Attracting Birds to Your Yard will show you several things you can do to create or enhance your yard to encourage birds to visit, stay and return. What are the general rules? How do they differ from season to season? What birds frequent this area?

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, October 11 from 2 to 3:30 pm

Anatomy and Physiology of Fishes: Identification, Ecology and Evolution will be presented by SUNY Oswego's Dr. Andrew McElwain and his students.


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 soon. 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.

This fall from September 6 through October 4, Rice Creek will be featured in an exhibit at the SUNY Oswego Tyler Art Gallery's temporary home located in the southeast corner of the second floor of Penfield Library.  Learn more