Kids to benefit from "Exploring Nature" sessions

Rice CreekChildren age 5 to 15 can gain up-close, hands-on interaction with wildlife at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station during a pair of weeklong “Exploring Nature” sessions in July.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for daily workshops from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9 to 13 and July 16 to 20. Children can attend for either one or two weeks.

Supervised activities are designed to encourage youngsters’ curiosity and concern about their world through nature walks, activities and games. Participants can examine life in Rice Pond under a microscope, explore streams, observe such elusive creatures as the swallowtail butterfly and find out how busy local beavers have been.

Cost is $100 per week for Rice Creek Associates members, $115 per week for non-members. Children should be the listed age by July 1. For a registration form or more information, call 312-7961.

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. 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 SUNY Oswego 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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(Posted: Jul 02, 2007)