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The American Black Bear at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The American black bear is the most widespread bear species across North America, but often misunderstood. Come and explore this incredible animal, while learning how to stay bear smart. We'll bust some myths, learn facts, and test our foraging and tracking skills. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Let's Talk Turkey at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, September 21, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Celebrate the beginning of fall by learning about the wild turkey. Not only does this delicious bird grace our tables at Thanksgiving, but it almost became the face of our national emblem. Test your knowledge during turkey trivia, and practice your turkey call and dance in this hands on activity. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Homeschool Family Hike at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
For many plants, fall is the season for seeding and dispersal. Take a walk through fields and forests to examine different types of seeds and how they spread. We'll enjoy the bright, colorful foliage and look for seeds that fly, hitchhike and explode! Enjoy trailside activities and bring a snack. Please call 872-0800 to register your family.
Registration: Required
Fall Foliage Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Take in the colorful foliage and dramatic views from the cliff edge on this autumn walk. We will take the Long Path out to Hailes Cave and walk the escarpment trail back, stopping to take in a cliff top perspective of the Indian Ladder Trail, Outlet and Mine Lot Falls. Walk is about 1.5 miles in length over fairly level terrain. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
"Autumn is Colorful!" at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Enjoy the falling leaves and amazing colors in this fun program for preschoolers. We'll read a fall-themed story, play games that develop counting and sorting skills, and take a nature walk to collect leaves and other treasures! Program is appropriate for ages 3-5. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Long Path Hike in Thacher Park
Saturday, October 4, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 861-7452

Hike the Long Path through the park from south to north with members of Albany ADK. From Beaver Dam Road we will hike through woodlands and along open fields to a spotted car at Old Stage Road. Enjoy scenic views from the cliff across the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. The hike is about 9 miles of mostly level walking. Bring a trail lunch and water. Dress for fall weather and wear one "bright" color, as there may be hunting in the area.

Meet at Thacher Nature Center at 8:30am. Please register by calling Jim Schaller at 861-7452 or email jims2999@yahoo.com

Registration: Required
Go Batty Over Bats at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 5, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to think bat! Debunk common misconceptions and learn some amazing facts. Try navigating like a bat in an echolocation activity and make a bat mask to take home. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
"Reading the Forested Landscape" at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape. Noted ecologist Tom Wessels, of Antioch University, will introduce participants to approaches for interpreting a forest's history while wandering through it. An indoor presentation will be followed by an exploration in our forest.

Fee for the program is $5. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Fall Foliage Hike to Hang Glider Cliff in Thacher Park
Sunday, October 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of mixed deciduous woods on a hike to Hang Glider Cliff. Look for crimson leaves of Virginia creeper, pinks of maple leaf viburnum, and golds of witch hazel. Bring a lunch to enjoy with the views at the cliffs. Hike is mainly level terrain with one short steep section. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for wet conditions. Approximate hike time of 2.5 hours includes lunch break. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Autumn Walk on the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park
Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take in the gorgeous autumn panorama while learning about the geologic and cultural history of the Indian Ladder Trail. Descend the cliff and discover ancient fossils, waterfalls and underground streams. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Scary Spiders and Sneaky Snakes at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 26, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and meet some creepy critters that people love to fear. Find out what's real and what's myth about these Halloween creatures. Make an animal mask to take home and enjoy warm cider and donuts. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater (wool, if possible), fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. Program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Friends of Thacher Park Annual Meeting at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and meet some folks who love the park and like to lend a hand. A brief business meeting will be followed by a guest speaker at 7 pm. Stay for refreshments and mingle with friends. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Nature's Thanksgiving Celebration at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Save the date! Join our 14th annual celebration honoring the gifts of the natural world. Help start a friction fire, make a dipped candle or cattail craft, shoot a bow and arrow, and more!
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