Rice Creek Field Station brings plenty of life to our campus and community with a number of nature education programs for all ages, including children, college students, and adult community members. In addition to our programming, the Field Station is open to view our natural history displays, featured artwork and to learn about the research conducted on-site.

Stay Informed

Our upcoming programs are listed below. To stay up-to-date on Rice Creek's offerings, we also invite you to join our monthly programs mailing list. Or, you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook @ozricecreek

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Programs

See our calendar for all event and program dates. For all programs, an adult must accompany children under 17.

Guided Nature Walks

2nd-5th Saturdays of each month, 11am
Free and open to the public

Rice Creek's naturalists will be your guides as you explore the forests, fields, wetlands, and waterways of the field station on these 1-hour walks. Snowshoes are available in winter, weather permitting.

Rice Creek Associates Reflections Presentations

Free and open to the public
At these bi-monthly talks hosted by the Rice Creek Associates, speakers present on a variety of topics related to local ecology and environmental themes of interest to the community.

Exploring Nature

Registration required
Exploring Nature is an educational summer day camp designed to encourage young people's curiosity and concern about their world. Participants ages 5-16 explore and investigate life around Rice Creek while discovering nature first hand through nature walks, activities, and games. Learn More and Register

Junior Naturalist Walks

First Saturday of each month, 10 am and 1 pm
Free and open to the public

Budding junior naturalists and their families are invited for monthly themed walks and nature activities. Once children attend 10 walks, they are inducted as a "Rice Creek Junior Naturalist"!

Birdwatching for Citizen Science

Thursdays, Jan - Apr, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Free and open to the public

Be a citizen scientist as you survey the birds at the Rice Creek feeders from our indoor viewing area. Our naturalists are happy to help beginners learn to identify birds. This is a great activity for all ages.

Winter's "Tails" Story Hour

Certain Saturdays, 1pm
Free and open to the public

Join us as we share hot cocoa and tales of nature, animals' wild ways, and how we relate to the world around us. Each program features two books and a creative activity. Best for school-aged children. 

Nature Ed Newsletter

Free and open to the public
We want to help you and your family get engaged in nature. Through this periodic newsletter, you'll receive mini lessons and fun activities around a particular nature theme. We provide resources for exploring the theme through the lens of literature, science, art, and more. Pick and choose the resources that work for your family, and start learning and exploring! You'll also have the option to connect with other Nature Ed families through a private Facebook group.