Rice Creek to Offer Winter Nature Education Programs

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will offer a nature hike and a story hour each month this winter.

Additionally, the 400-acre biological field station will provide indoor viewing of hardy birds visiting its feeders most Fridays and Saturdays.

Naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles, each at 11 a.m. on selected Saturdays, will include “Track Spotting” on Jan. 14, where hikers of all ages can learn to tell stories from animal tracks; “Where Are All the Animals?” on Feb. 11, searching for homes of animals that winter over at Rice Creek; and “Winter Weeds” on March 10, learning about tough and adaptable plants of the meadows and woods at Rice Creek.

Those planning to attend should call 216-6877 the morning of each hike to check trail conditions.

Rice Creek Story Hours, aimed at elementary-age children and their parents, also take place at 11 a.m. on selected Saturdays. Visitors will experience the season through poetry and verse — and a group poem — on Jan. 28, unravel a mystery of nature while reading Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrated book “The Stranger” on Feb. 25 and tell tales about winter and wildlife plus play indoor nature and wildlife games on March 24.

As program size is limited for Rambles and Story Hours, the field station cannot accommodate groups, and an adult must accompany children. The programs are free.

Rice Creek’s entrance is on Thompson Road, about a mile south of State Route 104. For more information, visit http://oswego.edu/ricecreek.