Exploring Nature summer program offering aid to children in need

Rice Creek Associates’ board of directors has pledged a small starter fund for scholarships for children in need to attend SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station’s popular Exploring Nature summer program.

Children exploring life in a stream at Rice Creek Field Station.Diann Jackson, assistant director and educator at the college’s living laboratory, hopes the scholarship fund will grow, with the help of donors and the interest of parents and children.

“We are looking forward to applications from members of the community and campus,” Jackson said. “We thought this was the right time to provide help like this.”

Since 1983, Exploring Nature has encouraged young people’s curiosity and concern about their world. This summer’s weeks of walks, discovery, activities and games are July 11 to 15 and July 18 to 22.

“Countless times over the years, the Exploring Nature staff and I have been greeted with, ‘Remember me from Exploring Nature?’” Jackson said. “The children share their memories about crayfishing in the creek, frogging at the pond and, of course, snakes and more snakes.

“We hope they will continue their connections with nature. We are investing for a future of environmentally aware caretakers of our unique natural resources.”

Rice Creek, a 400-acre biological field station that opened in 1966, is located on Thompson Road, about a mile south of its intersection with State Route 104, just west of SUNY Oswego’s main entrance.

The Exploring Nature scholarship application deadline is March 1. For more information, an application or to register for Exploring Nature, visit www.oswego.edu/exploringnature. Anyone wishing to support the new scholarship program should contact Jackson at 315-216-6878 or diann.jackson@oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Live streaming—Children at Rice Creek Field Station’s Exploring Nature program investigate stream life during a “What lives here?” outing at a weeklong session in 2010. For 28 years a popular summer discovery experience, Exploring Nature for the first time is offering assistance to parents who are in financial need.

(Posted: Jan 27, 2011)