Rice Creek Field Station, a unit of SUNY Oswego, is dedicated to the support of academic instruction, research, and public service in all aspects of natural history, especially the natural sciences and environmental education.

Located one mile south of the main campus, our year-round facilities provide opportunities for field-oriented biological and earth science teaching and research. Guiding this effort is the mission of Rice Creek to be a living laboratory for the advancement of knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world.

COVID- 19 Updates

  • To help prevent the possible spread of coronavirus, the Rice Creek Field Station building and pavilion will be closed to all off-campus persons and organizations until further notice per campus directives (Updated 9/15/2020).
  • Our trails will remain open to the public during daylight hours. Please remember to limit your group size (no more than 10 per group) and maintain a safe distance between groups on trails.  Masks are encouraged in the event you encounter other hikers on the trail(s) .
  • Rice Creek Field Station staff can still be reached via phone and email. If calling, please leave a message and we will return your call within one business day. Thank you for your understanding!

Aerial Views of SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station

Visit Rice Creek

The Field Station provides public programs in nature education for groups and individuals, school-aged to adult. Four nature trails, open to the public, provide opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The Field Station building is open year round for the public to explore our natural history and art displays, and view wildlife.

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Canal Forest Restoration Project

The Canal Forest Restoration Project (CFRP) is on a mission to restore the presence of white oak and white pine trees in New York State’s Canal Regions. For many generations, these trees were prized and over-exploited for building ships, barrels and structures and eventually were almost wiped out. This project aims to grow seedlings at Rice Creek and transplant them across the region.

Learn more and Support the CFRP

Upcoming Events and Programs

Research and Academics

There is a wealth of research opportunities for SUNY Oswego faculty, students and outside researchers. In addition to research, Rice Creek also supports courses and projects across a variety of disciplines including art, communication, computer sciences and natural sciences. Each year, over 100 students utilize Rice Creek facilities to conduct research, study our specimens and observe the natural history.

Learn more about Research

Weather Data

Get the latest weather information from our station at Rice Creek. We record minute-by-minute data on air, soil, and water temperature as well as precipitation, soil moisture, barometric pressure, wind speed/direction, and other metrics.

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RCFS main building

Top-notch Facilities

Rice Creek Field Station is a top-notch academic and research facility with an emphasis on sustainability. Facilities at the Field Station include a classroom, laboratories, a specimen collection room and an observatory.

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Support Rice Creek

By becoming a Rice Creek Associates member you help support our educational programming, research, grant funding, operation and maintenance costs, and so much more!

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News

Contact

193 Thompson Road
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315.312.6677
Fax: 315.312.6680
Email: rcfs@oswego.edu

Hours

Building Hours*
Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm
Most Saturdays 9am - 3pm

*Fall 2020: No Saturday hours; M-F SUNY Oswego students, faculty, and staff only per campus directives

Trail Hours
Dawn to dusk