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March 6, 2002
 
CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961
 
RICE CREEK FIELD STATION SETS ACTIVITIES FOR SPRING
OSWEGO -- Springtime at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station will include nature walks, teacher workshops and youth painting and drawing activities.
The Project Wild workshop will introduce teachers and youth leaders to educational children's activities about the environment. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6. Teachers should check with their districts about receiving in-service credit for the workshop, organizers said. This free program is limited in size, and pre-registration is required by March 26.
A series of naturalist-led "Rice Creek Rambles" -- walks introducing participants to the birds, buds, blooms and creatures of the station -- will begin at 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 13 through May 18. Attendees are asked to call the morning of the program to check on trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, artist Mary Pierce will share the rich oral tradition of Native American stories. Using those tales and imagination, Pierce will encourage youngsters to create their own images through drawing and painting.
The drawing and painting session is designed for children ages 7 to 10, but interested adults are welcome to join. The program size is limited, and pre-registration is required by April 16. The fee is $6, and materials will be supplied.
For additional information on any of these programs, or to make reservations, call 312-7961.
The Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. The research station building, which includes 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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