If you love to use the great trails at Thacher Park, this is the time to show your appreciation. Come and help out with trail maintenance projects for the morning and stay for lunch, compliments of the Friends of Thacher Park. Call 872-1237 to register or for more information.
Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike in the park! We'll meet at Ryan Road parking area for a two-mile loop through the North zone of Thacher Park. This hike is appropriate for adults and kids ages 7 and up. Bring a snack and water and wear sturdy shoes. Please call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Want to see an Eastern Bluebird? Sneak a peek at some Tree Swallow hatchlings? Our Bluebird Trail winds through fields and woods with homes for over 25 nesting pairs of birds. Join us as we check on who's in our nest boxes and monitor and record data on several bird species. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Program is free and open to all ages. Space is limited, please call 872-0800 to register.
The cliffs, hills, ravines and flats of the Helderbergs attracted people long before Thacher Park was set aside. Rising up to 1400 feet above the valley below, the ups and downs of the park lands are carved out of solid rock by water, ice and time. Explore the Thacher landscape and why it looks that way with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, New York State Museum. Expect a moderately difficult walk with on and off trail hiking. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snack. Call 872-0800 to register.
Celebrate the longest days of the year, as we approach the summer solstice. Take an easy 2 mile walk out to High Point for sweeping views of the Hudson Mohawk Valley. Bring a snack and water to enjoy at the viewpoint. This walk is open to adults and children. Please call 872-0800 to register.
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. Please register by calling 872-0800.
DEC Fisheries staff will teach program participants how to identify common sportfish, how to cast a spin-casting rod, bait a hook and fishing safety. After the fishing education portion of the program, everyone will get a fishing rod and have the opportunity to use the skills they just learned and go fishing.Participants will not need a fishing license to participate in this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 872-0800 to register.
Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Call 872-0800 for more information.
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. Trail is moderately rugged with stairclimbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 872-0800 to register.