Rice Creek Field Station brings plenty of life to our campus and community with a number of nature education programs for all ages. 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.

Fall 2021 Update: Face-to-face public events at Rice Creek Field Station have resumed!

Per campus directives, visitors must wear a mask while indoors. Additionally, visiting groups (school groups, scout troops, etc.) must register with Rice Creek and wear masks when inside and outside. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our visitors safe and healthy. For questions or concerns, please contact or 315.312.6677. 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Programs

See our calendar for all event and program dates.

Guided Nature Walks

Saturdays, 11am
Free and open to the public

One-hour naturalist-led walks start at the main building. We welcome groups, however, if your group is larger than 8 or for a specific event, please call for special arrangements. An adult needs to accompany children under age 17.

Exploring Nature

Registration required
Exploring Nature is a week-long, educational day program 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

Rice Creek Associates Reflections Presentations

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

Story Hour

Certain Saturdays, 11am
Free and open to the public

Join us as we share tales of nature, animals' wild ways, and how we relate to our world around us. These programs are designed for elementary-aged children, though all are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 17.

Bird Banding

Call ahead for schedule: 315.312.6677
Free and open to the public

Bird banding at Rice Creek will resume during spring migration. Come and observe birds in hand during the capture, banding and release of resident and migrating songbirds. 

Winter Bird Study

Tuesdays, 9 - 10am
Free and open to the public

Drop by most Tuesdays November through April and spend a few minutes with our feathered friends. Be a citizen scientist as you survey the birds at the Rice Creek feeders from our indoor viewing area. No experience is needed. This is a great project for all ages and the entire family.

Nature Ed Newsletter

Free and open to the public
We want to help you and your family get engaged in nature. Through this monthly 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.