Rice Creek offers autumn activities

Nature hikes, an educational environmental workshop, a new discussion series and a special program on beavers are among autumn’s highlights 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. 11 and 18; Oct. 2, 16 and 30; and Nov. 13 and 20. 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.

The Project Wild Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 2, will introduce teachers and youth leaders to a selection of educational children’s activities concerning the environment. Because parts of the hands-on 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 Sept. 24.

Rice Creek Field Station will present the first of its quarterly open discussion groups, “Rice Creek Reflections,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. Naturalist John Weeks will lead a discussion of conservationist Aldo Leopold’s influential work “A Sand County Almanac.” There is no fee for the program, but space is limited, with pre-registration required before Oct. 6.

“Leave It to Beavers,” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, will feature a nature hike exploring the beaver pond habitat and provide information about these industrious rodents. Warm clothing and water boots are recommended. A limited number of binoculars will be available for those who do not bring their own. Program size is limited, and pre-registration is required before Nov. 1. There is a $5 per person participation fee.

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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CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961

(Posted: Sep 02, 2004)