Nature Education

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Fall

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, November 21 from 2 to 3:30 pm
Voice in the Storm

Join us for this presentation by Jim Farfaglia on his book about the blizzard of 1966.

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

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Environmental Education for Youth and Teens

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Conservation Field Studies is for teens who are in 9th to 12th   grade.   This program is designed to investigate the interdependence of Rice Creek's ecosystems through field studies and projects.  Participants will examine the importance of stewardship through habitat study, animal habits and real-life applications.The focus for 2016 will be Winter Ecology.  We will explore trails on snowshoes to see how adaptations of wildlife, people and plants enable them to survive winter conditions.  We will plan to visit a college level Biology or Zoology lab. 
Conservation Field Studies 2016 registration is now open. 
February 15 to 18, 2016    10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Scholarship deadline is November 25, 2015
Registration deadline is January 25, 2016

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Since 1983, Exploring 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 2016 registration is now open.
July 11 to 15 and/or July 18 to 22    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Scholarship deadline is March 1, 2016
Registration deadline is June 5, 2016


   








   


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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 will be star watches at Rice Creek this season. 
Sunday September 27 Lunar Eclipse
Plan to arrive by 8:30 pm for a real treat starting around 9, weather permitting.  Call 315-312-2790 after 7pm on Sunday for weather cancellation.  There will be no rain date for this event.
Parking is limited so carpooling is a must.  If you park in the upper lot off of Thompson Road, bring a flashlight so that other drivers can see you along the driveway.

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.