Rice Creek Field Station sets summer schedule

Nature hikes, a program about the habits of ducks and an educational leader training session are among the summer events scheduled at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

Nature lovers can learn about the courting and nesting habits of the field station’s feathered denizens during “Whistling Woodies and Snorting Hoodies” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

The indoor presentation and nature hike led by Pat Carney will specifically focus on wood ducks and hooded mergansers. The program fee is $6, with pre-registration required before May 25. An adult must accompany children age 7 or younger.

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles—walks introducing participants to the summer sights, sounds and smells of the station—will start at 11 a.m. on five Saturdays: June 9 and 23, July 14 and 21, and Aug. 11. 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.

“Project WILD Facilitator Training” will help educators teach this style of environmental and conservational workshop to other teachers. Participants in the session—from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4—must have attended a basic or aquatic Project WILD workshop and be willing to lead at least one such interdisciplinary training per year.

For information or an application to the facilitator training, contact the field station or Laura Carey at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (607) 674-4017, ext. 626. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required before July 25. Attendees should pack a lunch and prepare for part of the workshop taking place outdoors.

Program size is limited for most events. 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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CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961

(Posted: May 02, 2007)