Rice Creek Field Stations offers autumn activities

Nature hikes, an educational environmental workshop and sessions on birds and bugs highlight autumn activities at 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 seven Saturdays: Sept. 10 and 24; Oct. 1, 15 and 29; and Nov. 5 and 19. 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.

“Buzzing About,” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, will explore the world of six-legged creatures of many shapes and sizes. This workshop will present information on the variety of regional insects that buzz, fly, bite, keep gardens, make paper, communicate and more. Pat Carney will provide details on the lives of many types of insects and lead a tour of their Rice Creek Field Station habitats. Pre-registration is required before Sept. 7. Participation fee is $5.

The hands-on educational “Aquatic Wild Workshop” will familiarize teachers and youth leaders with activities that introduce children to environmental lessons. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1. Participants will receive an “Aquatic Wild” activity guide and other environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Some parts of the workshop will take place outside, weather permitting. Teachers attending the workshop are encouraged to check with their districts about receiving in-service credit. There is no admission fee for participants, but pre-registration is required before Sept. 26.

“Waterfowl at Montezuma” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, will offer a field trip for bird-watchers during peak migratory season. Ornithologist Gerry Smith will lead this excursion to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Cayuga County to view species that may include the tundra swans, bald eagles and many varieties of waterfowl. For those who do not own binoculars, a limited number will be available for borrowing. The program is intended for those ages 16 and older. Participants should bring their own lunches and dress accordingly. Pre-registration is required before Oct. 25, with the program fee of $20 per person including the cost of transportation. 

Program size is limited for most workshops. For additional information on any program 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 Route 104, just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.

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CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961

(Posted: Aug 03, 2005)