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A family-friendly festival celebrating snow at Rice Creek Field Station! Part of winter Cruisin' the Campus.

  • 10:00 am until noon: Face painting by Leanna Chapman from Leanna's Art Room.
  • 10:00 am until 2:00 pm: Make a Snow Monster, hosted by At the Art Studio. Mixed-media art project suitable for little ones and older children.
  • 10:00 am onwards: Snow-inspired henna tattoo by Natural Henna Tattoo of Oswego.
  • 11:00 am. Story Hour: Snowflake Bentley. As a child, Wilson Bentley saw beauty where no one else noticed it and drew hundreds of snowflakes by eye. As an adult, he went on to develop the first camera that could photograph a snowflake. Come listen to his story, and then make your own snowflake to take home! 
  • 11:00 am until 2:00 pm: Indoor play activities with the Children's Museum of Oswego!
  • 12:00 pm. "Winter is not what it used to be:  The future of winter around the Great Lakes" 20-minute presentation by SUNY Oswego's Dr. Eric Hellquist.
  • 12:00 pm. Snow Person/Snow Animal Building. Make your own snow creation! Every child who participates will receive a goody bag to take home. If snow cover isn't sufficient for building, visitors can make 'snow' figures out of air-hardening clay.
  • 1:00 pm. Presentation: The Science of Snow. This presentation will cover how snow forms, the critical role that snow and ice play in the lives of our local animals and plants, and how these creatures survive winter.
  • 2:00 pmMammal Tracks on Snowshoes. We'll see what animals are out and about in the snow! Adult-sized snowshoes are available to participants.
  • All-day (9:00 am – 3:00 pm).
    • Catch & Observe Snowflakes. Examine snow using magnifying glasses! See how many shapes you can find. Draw the shapes you see.
    • Learn about the Chemistry of Snow!
    • Snow crafting. Kid-friendly easy and fun crafts & activities related to snow.
    • Snowshoeing. Adult-sized snowshoes are available. BYO cross-country skis & snowshoes dawn to dusk.
    • Winter Bird Citizen Science. Spend a few minutes watching birds. The data you record will contribute to the international Project Feederwatch program from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A naturalist can help with bird identification.

All programs are open to the public. Tickets for the event are $1, and are available through the campus box office. Tickets can also be purchased at the event. 

Please dress for the weather, and note that children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

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