Nature Education

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Summer

butterflyEach 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.


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.  

JUNE

6 & 20

JULY

11, 18 & 25

AUGUST

1, 8 & 15

Programs are free and open to the public.  

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

Rice Creek Reflections

Saturday, June 27 from 2 to 3:30 pm
Exploring Special Habitat
Hear Andy Nelson, retired Director of Rice Creek Field Station, give a presentation about unique habitat in our area.

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

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

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 2015 registration is now closed.

    

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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 2015 registration is now closed.  

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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 season ... look for signs that it is starting to wake up.   By mid-June the garden will be at its best.

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.