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Rice Creek's naturalists will be your guides as you explore the forests, fields, wetlands, and waterways of Rice Creek Field Station, a 350-acre wildlife preserve dedicated to supporting research and education.
These free walks are open to the general public and suitable for all ages. Walks are 1 mile or less over gentle to moderate terrain on one of Rice Creek's four trails, and approximately 1 hour in length. Adult-sized snowshoes are available in winter, trail conditions permitting.
Free Student Transportation
New! Since the Green Shuttle does not run on Saturdays, SUNY Oswego students can request a free van pickup by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday before each Saturday's walk.
During the walk, a naturalist will discuss the cultural and ecological history of Rice Creek from its early days as working farmland to today. Additionally, the naturalist will identify and interpret discoveries such as animal sightings, plant blooms, seasonal changes, and more. Participants are encouraged to keep their eyes open for discoveries and ask questions along the way. Photography, journaling, and sketching are all welcome activities during the walk.
The topic, duration, and terrain level can all be customized to the group's needs and interests. Families with young children are encouraged to join -- our naturalists, who are current and retired school teachers, are skilled at engaging and inspiring young people in nature.
What to Wear & FAQs
Participants should come dressed for the weather and tick prevention. Boots are advisable as trails may be muddy, especially during late fall, winter, and spring. An adult must accompany children under 17 years of age. For questions, please reach out to the Rice Creek staff at email@example.com or 315.312.6677.