Nature Education

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SPRING

rcfs winter benchEach 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

Explore the trails and wetlands at Rice Creek to see the latest spring arrivals.  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.  

MARCH

28

APRIL

18

JUNE

6 & 20

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.  

April 11
Crinkleroot is your guide to the outdoors to the joys of nature.  Learn what to you can seek and find when exploring nature during Crinkleroot's Guide to Walking in Wild Places by Jim Arnosky.

May 9
Let's Go Hiking is a cooperative trail and tracking board game for ages 10 to adult.

Programs are free and open to the public. 

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

Sustainable Art

Inspired by the natural setting of Rice Creek, create art that will encourage you to think about the ecological, social and economic elements of sustainability.  Join us at 11 o'clock on these Saturdays for activities connecting children, families and adults to the natural world and art.  No experience is needed.  These free hands-on workshops are appropriate for those aged 7 to adult.  Children under age 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.  Since program size is limited, preregistration is required and we are not able to accommodate groups.  An adult must accompany children.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, call 315-312-6677 before the registration deadline.

April 25 Celebrating Earth Day Every Day  (Register by April 15)
Have you ever looked at an item before tossing it into your recycling bin and wondered how could it be reused? Join us as we recognize Earth Day by reusing and recycling household materials to make fun and unique items. 

May 30 Nature Critter Creations   (Register by May 20)
Back by popular demand.  Using pods, cones, feathers and dried grasses, we will invent whimsical and festive critters. 

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, May 2 from 2 to 3:30 pm

Saturday, June 27 from 2 to 3:30 pm


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

We look forward to seeing you at 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.

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.  Check back for more details.

Visit the Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden
The garden is getting ready for spring ... look for signs that 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.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship has passed.

    

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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.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Arpil 1.