Public Programs

Spring 2020

Programs listed below and in our Newsletter


National Arbor Day Webinar Series

Friday, April 24 | 9 am to 5 pm | Free

Sessions explore diverse perspectives on trees and forests, from music and art, to science and sustainability, to human health and well-being. Offered in partnership with the Sustainability Office's Earth Week event series.

oak seedlings in pots

Plant-based Eating Workshop (Virtual)

Monday, April 20th | 4 to 5 pm | Free

Join RCFS Assistant Director Kristen Haynes and Sustainability Office intern Linden Merrill to learn about the benefits of plant-based eating and how to cook a delicious and filling meal: grain bowls and 4-ingredient chocolate-peanut butter bars. Offered in partnership with the Sustainability Office's Earth Week event series.

The workshop will be streamed live to the Sustainability Office's YouTube channel. A recording of the event is available here.

grain bowl and peanut butter bars


All face-to-face public events at Rice Creek Field Station have been suspended until further notice, to help promote public health during the coronavirus disease pandemic. Our trails remain open during daylight hours.

Thank you for your understanding. We wish you good health and pleasant times outdoors until we see you in person again!


Past Events: Winter 2020

Special Events

Celebrate Snow! 

January 18, 2020, 9 am until 3 pm · A family-friendly festival celebrating all things snow. Activities include snow-themed arts and crafts, snow animal building, mammal tracking on snowshoes, a presentation on the science of snow, and much more! Tickets are $1 through the campus box office online or at the event. Open to all ages. Full details at

Full Moon Owl Prowl on Snowshoes 

February 8, 2020, 7 pm · Naturalist-guided snowshoe walk to identify owls by sight and sound. Tickets are $1 through the campus box office online starting in January. Space is limited so get your tickets early! Adult-sized snowshoes available. Open to all ages.

Valentine’s Day Story Hour & Crafting

February 15, 2020, 11 am · A naturalist will share a Valentine’s Day-themed nature storybook, and then we will make a Valentine’s Day gift for birds and squirrels: pinecone feeders! This free event is designed for children, but open to all ages. Please call 315-312-6677 to sign up.

Nature-themed Board Gaming

February 22, 2020, 1–3 pm · Beat the winter blues with drop-in board gaming! We have games appropriate for younger (ages 4 and up) and older (ages 10 and up) children. Free program, no signup necessary.

Maple Syrup Story Hour & Activities

March 14, 2020, 11 am ·  We will read a special maple-themed story and then work together to build a human tree. Maple treats available for purchase. Free event for children ages 4 and up. Please call 315-312-6677 to sign up.

Amphibian Migration

March 2020, Time & Date TBD · Come experience the amazing springtime migration of wood frogs and mole salamanders to breed in forest ponds. This natural phenomenon occurs over only 2–3 nights each year when the weather conditions are just right. To join us, email your contact information to and we will alert you when the migration is taking place!


Rice Creek Rambles 

Saturdays at 11 am (January 4, 11, 25; February 1, 8, 22, 19; March 7, 21, 28) · Free naturalist-guided trail walks. Adult-sized snowshoes are available for free to program participants. Winter topics include mammal tracks, winter birds, and winter tree identification. 

Drop-in Winter Bird Citizen Science

Saturdays, 9 am - 3 pm · Spend a few minutes watching birds and recording what you see. Your data will support the international Project Feederwatch program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A naturalist can help with bird identification.


Exploring Nature 2020

Save the date! Week 1: July 6–10, Week 2: July 13–17




Closed to the public until further notice.

Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Closed Sat 12/28 and federal holidays


Dawn to dusk