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Aug. 15, 2003

CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961


    OSWEGO -- Nature hikes, hands-on activities and an educational environmental workshop are among autumn's highlighted activities at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station.

    A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles -- walks introducing participants to the birds, buds, blooms and creatures of the station -- will start at 1 p.m. on several Saturdays: Sept. 13, 20 and 27; Oct. 4, 11 and 18; and Nov. 1 and 8. Attendees are asked to call on the morning of the hike to check on trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.

    A hands-on workshop on making handmade paper will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Participants are encouraged to bring a rolling pin (if they have one) and at least two dishtowels to help them produce unique and personalized paper. Attendees should dress for outdoor activities, and adults must accompany any children under 10. Program size is limited, and pre-registration is required before Aug. 27. Participation fee is $8.

    The Project Wild Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 15, will introduce teachers and youth leaders to a selection of educational children's activities concerning the environment. Because parts of the workshop will be held outside, participants are encouraged to dress appropriately.

    Participants will receive a Project Wild activity guide and other environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Teachers attending the workshop are encouraged to check with their districts about receiving in-service credit. Space is limited for this admission-free program, with pre-registration required before Nov. 3.

    For additional information on any of these programs, or to make reservations, call 312-7961.

    Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. The research building, which features exhibits and an indoor viewing gallery, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trails are open every day for hiking and biking from dawn to dusk.

    The field station accommodates the general public and serves as a center for college courses and research. It is located on Thompson Road, a quarter-mile south of State Route 104, just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.

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