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Herps Alive! at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some cool critters in the care of wildlife rehabilitator Dee Strnisa. Amphibians and reptiles are also known as herps and these cold-blooded animals lead interesting lives. See them up close and personal in this live wildlife program.

Call 872-0800 for more information about this FREE program.

I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 03, 2014 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Come out and show your love for Thacher Park as we commemorate 100 years as a landmark in the capital region. There will be projects for all ages and abilities, so bring the family. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic shelter to organize, and then go to work for the morning. At 12:30 the Friends of Thacher Park will provide a BBQ lunch for all volunteers. This event is co-sponsored by Parks and Trails New York.

Register at: I Love My Park Day

Please contact the park at 518-872-1237 with any questions.

Registration: Required
Wildflowers and Waterfalls at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Spring is dramatic and picturesque on the trail below the cliff, with cascading waterfalls and blooming woodland wildflowers. Learn about the fascinating geology of the escarpment and look for flowering Trillium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Ginger, Columbine, and other spring bloomers.

Call to register for this free program.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
The Buzz on Honeybees at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 10, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Springtime 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, we’ll take a sunny spring walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens.

Please call to register!

Registration: Required
Spring Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The ever changing progression of woodland blooms continues with Baneberry, Foamflower, Trillium, Columbine, Bellflowers, and more. Search out the spring ephemerals on a walk to High Point with naturalist Sigrin Newell.

Call 872-0800 for meeting place.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 18, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify who is using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields.

Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up.

Call to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Bird Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Birdsong is in the air! Thacher Park is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, recognized for its diversity of species. Meet Gary Goodness, of Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, at the Paint Mine picnic area. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.

Call for more information.

Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

The varied woodland habitats in the park give rise to a wonderful variety of woodland wildflowers. Look for Pink Ladyslippers, Gaywings, Bellflowers, Blueberries, and other late spring bloomers with botanist Ed Miller. Meet at Hop Field picnic area.

Call 872-0800 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 25, 2014 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
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 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.
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook
Saturday, May 31, 2014 until Sunday, June 01, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Everyone wants a garden that takes care of itself! Come explore “Easy Care Natives” at our annual plant sale. Many are deer resistant, drought tolerant, cold tolerant as well as adaptable to a wide range of soil types and moisture. Discover new species of easy to grow natives not previously offered. Call 872-0800 for more information.
National Trails Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 07, 2014 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

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 a BBQ lunch, compliments of the Friends of Thacher Park.

Call 872-1237 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
“Chronicles of Thacher Park” History Hike
Saturday, June 07, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Learn about the bygone times of the Indian Ladder Region while strolling on the scenic cliff top trail with historian Tim Albright. You’ll feel like a time traveler as Tim recounts tales of the area and stories of former residents. Meet at the Upper Overlook parking area and walk to Hailes Cave. Walk is approximately 1 – 1.5 mile. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking. Binoculars may be helpful.

Call 872-1237 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Birdwalk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 14, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

It’s nesting season and that means birds are active and singing. Explore the fields and woods near the Nature Center with Gary Goodness, of the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club. Beginners are welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available to borrow.

Call 872-0800 for more information. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
“Solstice Serenades” at Thacher Park
Friday, June 20, 2014 07:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening hike. Meet at Hop Field for a walk on the Yellow Trail to listen to the sounds and serenades of evening: the ethereal song of the Veery, frog calls at the wetland, and other sweet summer sounds. Walk is approximately 1.8 miles.

Call 872-0800 to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:00 AM
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.

Call 872-0800 to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Pine Needle Basket Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 22, 2014 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Learn the art of traditional Native American basket makers. Make your own beautiful coiled pine needle basket. The coiling technique requires concentration and patience, but the results are well worth it! A brief history of materials, collection, and preparation will be presented. Participants should bring embroidery scissors if available and small kitchen towel to wrap wet needles. Bring a snack or lunch. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Class fee is $35 and materials fee is $6.

Please call 872-1237 to register.

Registration: Required
Amphibians and Reptiles at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Salamanders, turtles, and snakes galore! Meet the amphibians and reptiles in the care of Dee Strnisa, wildlife rehabilitator. Get to know how and where these critters live and what you can do to help them survive in the wild.

Call 872-0800 for more information.

Fossils of Thacher Park: Who were they and what do they tell us?
Sunday, June 29, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Fossils can be found in most of the rocks in Thacher Park. They tell who lived here long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. What kind of animals were these? Who are their modern relatives? They show that the region was flooded by shallow seas. But what environments did different animals prefer? Tidal flats, in the surf zone, below big waves, or in deeper, calmer waters? Geologist Chuck Ver Straeten will guide you on this exploration.

Call 872-0800 to for meeting place and to register. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Fish Wade at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 05, 2014 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and check out who’s swimming in Thompson’s Lake with ecologist Dr. Doug Fraser. We’ll use seines and dip nets in shallow areas to capture, look at, and discuss the ecology and behavior of fish in the lake. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet.

Limit 20 people; children under 12 may attend with parent.

Register for this free program by calling 872-0800. Part of our Centennial series, ‘Exploring Thacher Park’.

Registration: Required
Thacher Park’s Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Save the date! More details to come.
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