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Geology Walk
Saturday, August 2, 2014 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Much of the rock found in Thacher Park is limestone. Limestone can be dissolved through natural processes and this gives rise to topography called karst. Features of karst topography include sinkholes and caves. On this walk we will see some fine examples of karst and learn about a process that is shaping the park we see today.

Registration: Required
Paint Mine and Beyond History Hike
Saturday, August 9, 2014 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Explore more of the park on this third in a series of centennial history hikes with park historian Tim Albright. Meet at the Paint Mine Parking area for a walk to Outlet Falls and the overlook and back. Learn facts and hear stories of bygone days of the area. Hike may not be appropriate for very young children. Call to register and for more information. Program is part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park'.

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin' at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens.

Registration: Required
Insects at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. We'll explore different habitats to find what's buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water.

Registration: Required
Evening Trail Walk
Saturday, August 16, 2014 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Explore some of our southern trails on a summer evening walk. SCA Intern Ethan Duffany will lead a 2 mile hike on the Red Trail, highlighting trail improvements completed this summer. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Program is part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park'.

Registration: Required
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Evening Walk
Friday, August 22, 2014 07:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours.

Registration: Required
Hike to Hang Glider Cliff
Saturday, August 23, 2014 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a mountain morning walk to beat the August heat. Hike from Ryan Road trailhead to Hang Glider point, where we'll stop for a snack and take in the scenic views. This fairly level hike is about 2.5 miles round trip, suitable for adults and children 8 and up. Bring water and a snack. Program is part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park'.

Registration: Required
Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 30, 2014 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us as we say goodbye to summer vacation. Enjoy s'mores and entertaining tales with storyteller Claire Nolan as you relax by a crackling campfire. Fee for supplies is $1 per person. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Registration: Required
Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal with wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. See and learn about the birds of prey and other animals in her care and why they are with her. Find out how you can help protect wildlife from harm. Donations are appreciated. Call for more information.

Fern Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Ferns are some of the oldest living organisms on the earth and their graceful fronds decorate the cool shady forests. Explore the woodland trails at the Nature Center and discover a variety of ferns with botanist Ed Miller. Call for more information.

Thacher Park’s Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and join in the fun as we celebrate 100 years of Thacher Park! We'll have a Hawk Watch, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Wildlife Programs, Climbing Wall, Bouncy House, Pony Rides, New Cliff Destinations, Food and Craft Vendors, and Live Music by Hair of the Dog and Oobleck.

Admission is FREE!!!

Thacher Park Centennial Running Festival
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
2014 marks 100 years of Thacher State Park. And to that, the park will hold celebration events all day, including the inaugural edition of this event! 

Running Options: There is a 5K, 10K, marathon, and 50K (What better way to celebrate 100 years of the park by spending all day in it? Take up to 9 hours to complete the ultramarathon). All events will be run on trails in the northern section of the park. Course maps to come this summer. 

All races begin at 8:30 AM. 

Register Now! Event details, entry fees, and registration information can be found here.

Train for the Thacher Park Centennial Running Festival with the Albany Running Exchange at their Summer Trail Run Series! It's a free weekly trail run series on Thursdays at 6:30pm.
Registration: Required
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