Office of Public Affairs
(315) 312-2265
 
Dec. 21, 2001
 
CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961
 
RICE CREEK FIELD STATION SETS ACTIVITIES FOR COMING MONTHS
OSWEGO -- Nature hikes, story hours, quilting and caring for injured wildlife are among the programs charted for the upcoming season at Rice Creek Field Station at SUNY Oswego.
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. Jan. 19, Feb. 9 and March 23 -- are designed for elementary school-aged children, but all are welcome to these admission-free sessions. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
Wildlife rehabilitator Christina Odell will discuss "Caring for Orphaned and Injured Wildlife" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. She will explain rescue, rehabilitation and release of displaced or injured wildlife, as well as what to do if one finds an injured or orphaned animal. The program will include a slide show, informational packets and live animals based on availability. There is a $5 program fee and pre-registration is required before Jan. 15.
A series of naturalist-led "Rice Creek Rambles," introducing attendees to the diverse habitats and creatures of the station, will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 2, Feb. 23 and March 30. The public is asked to call the station the morning of the program to see if the walk will include a snowshoe hike. A limited number of snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the "Rice Creek Rambles." Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no admission fee.
Attendees can learn to create nest boxes from precut lumber at the "Bluebirds in Your Yard" program, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. John Rogers of the New York State Bluebird Society will discuss the natural history of New York's state bird. Cost is $5 for the program plus $5 for every box attendees create. Pre-registration is required before Feb. 1.
Ana Beattie will lead "Advanced Quilting" classes starting at 10 a.m. on March 2, 9 and 16. A previous quilt class with Beattie is a pre-requisite, as the program is designed for advanced quilters. The program fee is $35, which does not include materials. Pre-registration before Feb. 10 is required. A list of supplies to bring to the class will be sent to registrants.
Program size is limited for all of the above activities. More information and reservations are available by calling 312-7961.
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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