Visitors can experience nature up close through Rice Creek Rambles

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles will allow visitors to sample the seasonal sights and sounds of SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

Nature hikes will take place Saturdays at 1 p.m. from fall into winter: Sept. 12, 19 and 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Nov. 7, 14 and 21; and Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Visitors can see the flora and fauna of the station, animal tracks, leaf changes and other signs of the season.

Attendees are asked to call 216-6877 on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.

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 is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Trails are open every day 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 in the town of Oswego, a quarter-mile south of Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus. For information, visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.

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(Posted: Aug 26, 2009)

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