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Fossil Fun at Thacher Park
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Learn about life in a Devonian Sea in this hands-on program. Find out what animals lived about 380 million years ago, learn how fossils formed, look at some fossil samples from the Nature Center's collection, and make a fossil replica to take home. This family program is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Please call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.

Registration: Required
Friends Highway Cleanup in Thacher Park
Saturday, July 11, 2015 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Come and help the Friends of Thacher Park in picking up litter on their adopted section of Thacher Park Road. Meet at the Hop Field picnic area. Call 872-0800 for more information.
Thompson's Lake Fish Wade at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 11, 2015 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.

Registration: Required
Weeding for the Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Assist in our field habitat improvement project and support Bobolinks and other field nesting birds. Join members of Capital District Audubon Society in removing invasive Wild Parsnip. It is easy to identify and remove. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, bring loppers if possible, and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the field. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Salamander Search
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Join a search for amphibians in woodland pools and streams. Learn about the species we find and where they live. You may want to get wet... but there will also be plenty to see from the edge! Limit 15 people, ages 6 and up. Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Registration: Required
Fossils - Ancient Life of Thacher Park Geology Walk
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
A walk through Thacher Park shows a variety of fossil shells scattered through the rocks. These marine animals lived in the park long before the dinosaurs, when New York was flooded by shallow seas. Learn about life in a very different New York, with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, from the NYS Museum. Dress for hiking on and off-trail. Call 872-0800 to register and for more information.
Registration: Required
Meadow and Woodland Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 19, 2015 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet in the Historic Schoolhouse to learn about Bobolinks, a grassland bird whose song inspired poet Emily Dickinson. Then head to the Meadow Loop Trail and learn about other nesting birds and enjoy the cool shade of the forest. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Some binoculars will be available. Be prepared for some walking through tall grass. Bring water and sun protection.

Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
"Wheels in the Woods" Car Show at Thacher Park
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Classic cars, specialty cars and tuners are all welcome at our 6th Annual Car Show. No cut off for the year of car. People's Choice trophies and other prizes will be awarded during the day. Registration fees are $10 for pre-registration and $13 on the day of event. Food and refreshments will be available by Thompson's Lake Reformed Church. Contact the park at 872-1237 with any questions about early registration, or just show up on July 25!
Registration: Required
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 25, 2015 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Gather round the campfire ring for "Summery Tales from my Backyard and Beyond" by our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. S'mores fixins' will be provided. Bring your own camp chair if you'd like. Program is appropriate for all ages. Materials fee is $1 per person. Please call 872-0800 to register.
Geology Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, August 1, 2015 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Rocks in the park hold evidence of ancient mountain building events. Explore some of this lesser known geology of the park with Thom Engel. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Please call 872-1237 to register and confirm walk.
Registration: Required
Thompson's Lake Paddle at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Bring your canoe or kayak for a morning paddle on Thompson's Lake. We will go over the basic parts of the boats, and basic paddling strokes before exploring wildlife along the lake. Sightings of the resident Bald Eagles will be a bonus. There are two kayaks available to rent from the campground. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve a kayak.
Registration: Required
Finding Insects
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Join us for a fascinating look at the world of insects. Explore the field habitat to find who's buzzing, hopping, and flying under the hot summer sun. This program is appropriate for ages 5 and up and all collection equipment will be provided. Wear sun protection and bring water. Please call 872-0800 to register. 
Registration: Required
Early Morning Hike in Thacher Park
Saturday, August 8, 2015 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Beat the summer heat by hitting the trail early! This guided walk will be on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail, about 2.75 miles in length. Bring a snack and water to enjoy as you take in views from the escarpment. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Muskrat Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 9, 2015 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Explore the biology and behavior of these furry mammals. Take a walk around the water's edge looking for signs of muskrats and their den sites along the way. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Insect Adventure at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Learn about the six-legged creatures that inhabit the planet in this hands-on program. Join us on a scavenger hunt through the woods and fields searching for these awesome critters. Wear sun protection. Call 872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Hike to Hang Glider at Thacher Park
Sunday, August 16, 2015 09:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Observe nature in the varied habitats of meadow, pond, and woods on a hike in the northern part of the park. We will hike on the Perimeter Trail past Bullfrog Pond and out to Hang Glider Point, where we will take a break for a snack and enjoy the view, then return on the Long Path. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.
Registration: Required
Honeybee Program at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a look at our observation hive to see what all "the buzz" is about! Learn about bee biology, communication, honey production and much more through a fun quiz game. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Thacher Park Running Festival
Sunday, August 23, 2015 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us on Sunday, August 23 for the second year of this special event. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Races include: 5K, 10K, 13.1m, 26.2m, and 50K. For registration & more information, please visit: http://www.thacherparkrunningfestival.com/

Registration: Required
Karst Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, August 29, 2015 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 827-1237
Explore the geology of the park's caves and sinkholes on this easy to moderate walk with Thom Engel. Meet at Hop Field Picnic Area and caravan to site of walk. Call 872-1237 to register and confirm walk.
Registration: Required
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 5, 2015 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Enjoy stories with Claire Nolan as you relax by a crackling campfire. S'more fixins' provided. Materials fee of $1 per person. Feel free to bring a blanket or camp chair. Appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Hawk Migration Watch at Thacher Park
Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Hawk watch leader Will Aubrey will be on hand to answer any questions, provide background material on hawk migration, compile migration statistics, and assit with raptor identification. Come see live raptors and learn about wildlife rehabilitation. Children will enjoy the butterfly station and face painting. Refreshments available at the Overlook concession stand. Please call 872-1237 for additional information.
Registration: Required
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