Rice Creek Field Station to showcase spring sights, sounds

Spring is in the air at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station, and the public can sample it through regular nature hikes and other programs.

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles—walks introducing participants to the spring birds, buds and blooms of the station—will start at 1 p.m. on five Saturdays: April 14, 21 and 28 and May 5 and 12. Those planning to attend are asked to call on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.

A hands-on educational workshop, “Exploring the Outdoors through Children’s Books,” will help educators, parents or grandparents of elementary school children find ways to pass along natural lessons via family literature. The session, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, will include outdoor activities.

Participants will receive a nature journal, resource list, activity sheets and other environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required before May 3.

Program size is limited for most events. For additional information on any program or to make reservations, contact Rice Creek Field Station at 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 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 a quarter-mile south of Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus.

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CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961

(Posted: Apr 04, 2007)