Office of Public Affairs
(315) 341-2265
Aug. 15, 2001
CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 342-0961
OSWEGO -- Bird watching, nature hikes and story hours are among the activities on track for the fall season at Rice Creek Field Station at SUNY Oswego, beginning in September.
The season of special events will take wing with a "Bird Watching for Children" session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8. Diann Jackson of Rice Creek Field Station will teach the basics of watching for birds and offer tips for how attendees can attract feathered friends to their yards. The program is designed for children ages 7 to 10. The cost is $5 ($4.50 for Rice Creek Associates), and pre-registration is required by Sept. 1.
The Project Wild Workshop, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, aims to familiarize school teachers and youth leaders with educational activities designed to introduce children to the environment. There is no fee for this program, but pre-registration is required before Sept. 13.
A series of naturalist-led walks, better known as "Rice Creek Rambles," will introduce attendees to the diverse habitats and creatures of the station on several Saturdays. There is no admission fee for the "Rice Creek Rambles," which will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.
A series of Saturday-morning editions of "Nature's Story Hour" will share tales of animals, their wild ways and how humans relate to them. The programs -- at 11 a.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and Dec. 8 -- are designed for elementary school-aged children, but all are welcome to these admission-free sessions. Any children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Program size is limited for all of the above activities. More information and reservations are available by calling 342-0961.
Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to mature forests. Trails are open every day from dawn until dusk. The research station building is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The field station accommodates the public -- individuals, families and groups -- while also serving as the center for college courses and research. It is located on Thompson Road, a quarter-mile south of Route 104 just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.
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