Rice Creek Field Station slates spring activities

Nature hikes, an environmental teacher training session and opportunities to see bird-banding are among the spring sessions slated at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

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 two Saturdays this month, April 18 and 25. Attendees are asked to call on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.

Running 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, Aquatic WILD will offer environmental-awareness programming for teachers, home-school educators and youth leaders. Designed to lead learners from awareness to action, this session will focus on hands-on activities that would introduce children to the wetlands environment.

Led by Dr. Diann Jackson, attendees will participate in a variety of activities and receive environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Parts of the workshop will be held outdoors, so participants should dress accordingly. There is no cost, but registration is required before May 1 due to limited spaces.

Nature lovers can also see bird banding at Rice Creek, observing the capture, banding and release of resident and migrating songbirds. The public should call the field station for a schedule.

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 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 in the town of Oswego, a quarter-mile south of Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus. For information, visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.

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CONTACT: Dr. Diann Jackson, 312-7961

(Posted: Apr 07, 2009)