The public is invited to ‘Celebrate the Snow’ at the Rice Creek Family Outdoor Winter Festival

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Rice Creek Field Station invites the public and members of the campus community to its free winter festival Celebrate Snow on Saturday, February 19 (with a February 20 severe weather date). The family-friendly outdoor festival (noon to 2 p.m.) will be followed by a guest talk at 2 p.m. by Rochester Institute of Technology professor Michael Peres on “Photographing the Best Snowflakes.”

This year’s outdoor festival will feature hands-on family activities related to snow and winter. Planned activities include a glacier hike, fizzy snow science, a campfire drum circle, snowflake catching and viewing, winter warming trivia, a walk on the mammal trail, snow crafts and free hot chocolate. Adult-size snowshoes will be available free of charge for participants in the Glacier Hike and Mammal Trail Walk, weather permitting.

Participating organizations include the Oswego Children’s Museum, the Oswego Public Library, the college’s Department of Atmospheric and Geological Sciences and its Department of Biological Sciences, and more. Although entry to the festival and most activities are free, outside vendors may charge for some activities.

At 2 p.m., the event moves indoors for guest speaker Peres’ talk on “Photographing the Best Snowflakes,” sponsored by Rice Creek Associates. Peres began photographing snowflakes in 2003 at the suggestion of a Rochester Institute of Technology student who had recently seen the work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley at the Buffalo Museum and Science Center. This initial push exposed Peres to what has been a fascinating continuum of experimentation and refinement to make stellar photographs of these natural wonders. Peres will share his story of lifelong curiosity, his photographs, and his methods in this laid-back, lavishly illustrated presentation.

COVID Policies: There are no restrictions for the outdoor family festival; however, visitors should bring a mask in case they need to visit the indoor restrooms. For the indoor lecture at 2 p.m., visitors must follow Oswego’s indoor spectator policy, wear a mask and (1) show proof of full vaccination status or (2) proof of recent test COVID negative. Any policy updates will be posted on the Oswego Forward website.

Additional event details are available at oswego.edu/celebrate-snow. For questions about the event or how to get involved as a participating organization or volunteer, please email [email protected] or call 315.312.6677.

Situated on nearly 400 acres of mixed terrain accessible from Thompson Road, Rice Creek Field Station has served as a living and working laboratory and educational facility for more than 50 years. In 2013, the facility opened a state-of-the-art 7,700 square foot visitor center. Rice Creek’s five miles of hiking trails are open daily from dawn until dusk. Building hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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