Rice Creek Field Station slates summer activities

Nature hikes, frog-related festivities and a session on animals’ telltale traces are among the summer activities offered through SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles—walks introducing participants to the summer sights, smells and sounds of the station—will start at 11 a.m. on five Saturdays: June 17 and 24, July 8 and 15, and Aug. 5. 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.

Attendees of all ages can learn about aural amphibians through “Frolicking with Frogs” 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Naturalist Pat Carney will lead an excursion into the culture and habits of local frogs during an indoor and outdoor program. Participants should wear old clothes, sneakers or water boots and insect repellent. An adult must accompany children age 7 or younger. A paid registration fee of $5 is required before June 8.

A new program titled “The Scoop About Poop” will focus on the stories told through droppings and marks left by deer, foxes, rabbits and other animals. Nichole Thibado and Kirsten Stanton will show how to watch for and read these small signs left behind by wildlife at this session, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22. Any child age 7 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration and a program fee of $5 are required before July 13.

Program size is limited for most workshops. 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 a quarter-mile south of Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus.

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(Posted: May 24, 2006)