'Exploring Nature' sessions offered

Children age 5 to 15 can have up-close, hands-on interaction with wildlife at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station during a pair of weeklong “Exploring Nature” sessions in July.

Applications are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for daily workshops from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 to 15 and July 18 to 22. Children can attend for either one or two weeks.

Supervised activities are designed to encourage youngsters’ curiosity and concern about their world through nature walks, activities and games. Participants can examine life in Rice Pond under a microscope, explore streams, observe such elusive creatures as the swallowtail butterfly and find out how busy local beavers have been.

In-person registration is strongly recommended by visiting the field station’s research building, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost of attendance is $90 per week. Children should be the listed age by July 2005. Additional questions may be directed to 312-7961.

Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. Trails are open every day for hiking and biking 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 State Route 104, just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.

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(Posted: Jun 14, 2005)