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Sat 30 Jul
Children’s Book Reading and Art Class with Author/Artist Susan Lunow at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a reading from "Simon T. Paws and The Hazardous Hayfields Case", by the author/illustrator, Susan Ann Lunow. Simon, a cat HPI, Habitat Protector and Investigator, is on the "case", tracking down the culprits of crimes against the environment. Following the reading participants will use their own creative talents to design and make their own HPI Badge/Logo to take home with them.  Instruction as well as a variety of materials will be provided for the project. Please call 518-872-0800 to register for this program.
Sat 06 Aug
Intro to Disc Golf at Thacher Park
Saturday, August 6, 2016 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Disc Golf is a sport where a specialized Frisbee is thrown at an elevated metal basket or "hole" a few hundred yards away. A player tees off and progresses down the course making consecutive throws trying to avoid trees, shrubs, and other obstacles along the way. Find out what it's all about and learn about the different types of discs and throwing techniques.Discs will be available to borrow or purchase. Meet at Pear Orchard parking area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Sun 07 Aug
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Evening Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, August 7, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(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 518-872-0800 to register. 

Sat 13 Aug
Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, August 13, 2016 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The rocks in Thacher Park were historically thought to be nicely layered.  Recent discoveries show that the rocks are actually folded and faulted. Learn about how we are refining our understanding of the park's geology and how it serves as a transition between the geology to the west and that to the south. Meet leader Thom Engel at Hop Field picnic area. Call  518-872-0800 to register and for more information.

Sat 13 Aug
Monarch Butterfly Program at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Monarch butterflies are fascinating insects that make an incredible migratory journey to Mexico! Learn all about their life cycle,view specimens up close and find out what you can do to help this beautiful,yet imperiled butterfly. This program is appropriate for all ages. Short indoor presentation followed by a walk through monarch habitat. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Sat 20 Aug
Fishers Abound! at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

After years of absence from the capital region, the fisher has made a comeback and is here to stay! Come and learn about this elusive weasel as we dispel its common myths and misconceptions and explore its ecological role as a predator. With sightings becoming more common, learn how we can coexist with this mysterious carnivore. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Sat 27 Aug
Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 27, 2016 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan. Claire shares a fun, entertaining mixture of fairytales, legends and personal stories that have wide appeal for all ages. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you wish. S’mores fixins will be available. Materials fee of $1 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register. 
Sat 03 Sep
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(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 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 518-872-0800 for more information.