Rice Creek Field Stations sets summer activities

Nature hikes, a program about the healing properties of plants and an environmental teacher training session are among the summer events slated at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

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 four Saturdays: June 14 and 28, July 12 and Aug. 9. 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.

“Herbal Skin Care,” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, will include lessons on the healing properties of plants and an opportunity to create an individualized skin cream. Linda Knowles will show participants how to identify and collect plants as well as how to prepare herbal oils that can be used in skin creams and salves. Program fee is $15, with pre-registration required before June 13. The program is suitable for those 16 years of age or older.

“Project WET and Aquatic WILD” will teach educators how to present hands-on activities introducing children to the environment. Rice Creek’s Dr. Diane Jackson will lead this free workshop for K-12 teachers, home-school educators and youth leaders from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Attendees will receive two educational activity books and other environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Teachers can check with districts about receiving in-service credit for the workshop. Pre-registration is required before July 21. Those attending should pack a lunch and a mug for coffee or tea.

In addition, bird banding will take place at various points during the summer. Those interested in observing birds in hand during the capture, banding and release of songbirds should call the field station for a schedule.

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 20, 2008)