Nature Education

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Winter 2014 - 2015

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Each 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.

Closed
Saturdays, December 20 & 27; January 3
Thursdays, December 25 & January 1

Programs administered by Dr. Diann C. Jackson .

Rice Creek Rambles

Snow and ice or winter thaw?  We will have to wait and see what the winter winds bring us.   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.  

JANUARY

10 &  24

FEBRUARY

14

MARCH

7 & 28

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.  

January 31
Winter's Tale by Robert Sabuda is a masterful pop-up take of winter animals and habitats.

February 21
Wildlife photographers capture the curious moments of wildlife in the woods as they come upon a snowman who is the Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams and Jean Stoick.

March 21
Join us in a game of CAMP. This nature game covers topics that range from the migratory habits of birds to safety rules while ice fishing! With four levels of difficulty offered, anyone above the age of 4 can play.

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.

Winter Bird Study
Drop by most Fridays and Saturdays from January 9th through March 28th and spend a few minutes with our feathered friends. Be a citizen scientist as we survey the birds at the Rice Creek feeders from our indoor viewing area. No experience needed.  This is a great project for all ages and the entire family.

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.

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

Visit the Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden
Before too long, the garden will be getting ready for spring ... look for signs it is starting to wake up.

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.



Summer Youth & Teens

Since 1983, ExpEN logoloring 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 13.

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

    

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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.