Rice Creek Field Station to host winter programs starting in January

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will serve up a season’s worth of nature education programs this winter and accept applications for two of its signature summer events.

Family-friendly Rice Creek Rambles, naturalist-led walks within the 400 acres of mixed terrain, will take place at 11 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Jan. 10 and 24, Feb. 14 and March 7 and 28.

An adult needs to accompany children, and all hikers need to come dressed for the weather. Call 315-312-6677 the morning of each hike to check trail conditions.

Since program size is limited, the field station is not able to accommodate groups.

Story Hour will feature a variety of tales for elementary-age children and their parents at 11 a.m. Saturdays on the following dates: Jan 31 — “Winter’s Tale” by Robert Sabuda, a pop-up take on winter animals and their habitats; Feb. 21 — “Stranger in the Woods” by Carl Sams II and Jean Stoick, a story of wildlife photographers who capture the curious moments of woodland animals and come upon a snowman; and March 21 — a game of CAMP will cover topics that range from the migratory habits of birds to safety rules while ice fishing; with four levels of difficulty, anyone above the age of 4 can play.

An adult needs to accompany children for Story Hour programs, which support SUNY’s partnership with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes national initiative.

On most Fridays and Saturdays, family members can become citizen scientists assisting Rice Creek with its count as part of the annual winter bird study at the field station’s feeders.

Applications are now being accepted for 2015’s Exploring Nature for children, July 6 to 10 and/or July 13 to 17, and Conservation Field Studies for teens, July 20 to 23, according to Dr. Diann C. Jackson, programs administrator. For registration materials and more information about these and other field station offerings, visit oswego.edu/ricecreek/programs.

Rice Creek Field Station’s new, 7,700-square-foot headquarters is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. most Saturdays (check at 315-312-6677).

The extensive network of trails is open during daylight hours.

Parking is available by the main building or near the gate on Thompson Road, about a mile south of Route 104.