The rocks in Thacher Park are full of fossils that are almost 400 million years old! We'll discuss the local geology, examine fossil samples, and talk about how these fossils formed. Participants will make a fossil craft that they can bring home. This program is appropriate for children ages 7 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
The Long Path is a 358 mile long blazed trail that starts in New York City and ends in Thacher Park. Enjoy scenic views of the escarpment and fall foliage as we hike the portion of the Long Path within Thacher Park south. Learn about wetlands, the formation of the landscape, and the geologic history of the area. This hike is about 4 miles long. Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack, and meet at the Pear Orchard Picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Enjoy the evergreens and golds of autumn on this forest stroll. We'll take a leisurely 2-mile walk along the Blue Trail in the southern part of Thacher Park. The trail is mostly flat with two short and steep inclines. Meet at Beaver Dam Road. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Enjoy a unique view of Thacher Park after hours on a moonlight walk along the Escarpment Trail. Learn about moon astronomy and witness sunset and moonrise at about the same time. Meet at the Park Office. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Thacher Park today is a land of temperate zone forests. Looking at the rocks and their fossils, however, we see a very different history. We find it was a land of tropical seas, often full of life, from tide flats to waters several hundred feet deep. Time-travel to geologically ancient Thacher Park on a walk with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten. Dress for walking both on and off trail. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Did you know that bats are the only flying mammals in the world? Come learn how these mysterious creatures fly differently than birds, how they are ecologically important as hunters and pollinators, why their populations are declining state and country wide, and what you can do to help them. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
We've raised the Mystery Trail from the dead and added more clues to make it extra creepy! Skulk along the Nature Center Trail and discover chillingly cool natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the creepy challenge and win a prize. Wear your costume if you dare! Make Halloween crafts and enjoy cider and donuts. This drop-in program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Please call 518-872-0800 for more information.
Join us for an evening walk to search for and learn more about the park's nocturnal wildlife. We will call for owls and coyotes, so Hooters and Howlers are welcome! Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Conditions will determine our meeting place. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
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 7pm. Stay for refreshments and mingle with friends. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
Fall is the time to talk turkey about Wild Turkeys! We'll read some books to learn about this interesting bird's life habits, find out the difference between tame turkeys and wild turkeys, play a game or two, and make a paper craft to take home! This program is appropriate for ages 3-5. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.