Rice Creek Field Station to Explore Winter Wonders

OSWEGO — Nature hikes, storytelling sessions, and birdwatching opportunities are among the winter activities scheduled at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

Children can learn about animals, their wild ways and how they relate to humans during six “Nature’s Story Hour” programs on Saturdays. These free storytelling sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 and 30, Feb. 13 and 27 and March 13 and 27. The tales are tailored to elementary school children, but all are welcome. Adults must accompany kids under 7 years old.

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles — walks introducing participants to the wintertime sights and sounds of the station — will start at 11 a.m. on six Saturdays: Jan. 9 and 23, Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20. Attendees are asked to call on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. A limited number of snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free. An adult must accompany children.

Nature’s Story Hour and Rice Creek Rambles are funded by the Natural Heritage Trust.

The public is invited to catch up with feathered friends at Rice Creek on most Fridays and Saturdays. The station seeks “citizen-scientists” who can help count the birds at the Rice Creek feeders from the indoor viewing area to help the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s annual survey of winter birds. Those interested can also participate in Project FeederWatch from their own feeders

Program size is limited for most events. For additional information on any program or to make reservations, call 216-6877.

Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. The research building is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Trails are open every day 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 Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus. For information, visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.