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Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237
Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater (wool, if possible), fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. Program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Beginner Birding and Project FeederWatch
Sunday, November 9, 2014 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

November is a great time to observe birds at feeders and in your backyard! Try out  binoculars, learn to use a field guide, and get tips to help you identify birds. Learn how you can participate in Citizen Science from the comfort of your own home. We will discuss different types of bird seed and feeders, and complete an official Project FeederWatch count to submit to the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow ours.

This free indoor program is open to adults and children, ages 7 & up. Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
"Conservation Landscapes in Your Backyard" and Friends Annual Meeting at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Private landowners are responsible for the use and management of over two-thirds of our nation's land, including some of the most important fish and wildlife habitat in the United States. Ron Dodson, of ISC-Audubon, will talk about how farmers, homeowners and business owners of many types can voluntarily participate in conservation programs that will save natural resources, as well as their own financial resources.

The presentation follows a brief business meeting of the Friends of Thacher Park at 6:30pm. The public is invited to attend the meeting as well as the presentation. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Hike to the Historic Schoolhouse
Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Ever wonder what it was like to attend school in the early 1900s? We'll take a walk back in time to visit a historic one-room schoolhouse. Prepare for a short lesson on 'The Three R's,' then practice your cursive handwriting using pen and ink. Enjoy cider and donuts during recess!

This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Woodland Hike
Sunday, November 16, 2014 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Enjoy a walk through the woods in the crisp fall air. We will hike through mixed deciduous woods and hemlock forest, stopping on our way for views of an active beaver habitat. This is a moderate walk of about 1.25 miles with a few steep sections.

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

 

Registration: Required
Geology of Seldom Seen Places in Thacher Park
Saturday, November 22, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Fascinating landscapes and classic geology were key reasons for creating Thacher State Park 100 years ago. At nearly 2500 acres, the park abounds in interesting, seldom visited areas. Explore and discover more of Thacher Park with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Streten (New York State Museum). Dress for hiking on and off-trail.

Call 872-0800 to register and for more information.

Registration: Required
Holiday Wreath-Making
Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 827-1237

Join old friends and meet new in this festive program. Create your own beautiful holiday wreath from fragrant balsam greens. Fee of $18 includes all materials, including pine cones and ribbons for bows. Please bring your own clippers and any special items for decoration.

Call 872-1237 to register soon, this workshop always fills up!

Snow date is Sunday, November 30.

Registration: Required
Holiday Craft Bazaar
Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, pottery, wooden wares, framed artwork, soaps and beauty products, fleece and woolen items, original artwork, soy candles, wildlife ornaments, pine needle baskets, honey products, wildlife photography, delicious foods and snack items and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys, stocking stuffers in our gift shop. Enjoy live music that'll get your feet tappin' and your holiday spirit cookin'. The Friends of Thacher Park will run a 50/50 raffle and proceeds will benefit the Capital City Rescue Mission.

Please call 872-1237 for additional information.

Holiday Craft Bazaar
Sunday, December 7, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, pottery, wooden wares, framed artwork, soaps and beauty products, fleece and woolen items, original artwork, soy candles, wildlife ornaments, pine needle baskets, honey products, wildlife photography, delicious foods and snack items and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys and stocking stuffers in our gift shop. Enjoy live music that'll get your feet tappin' and your holiday spirit cookin'. The Friends of Thacher Park will run a 50/50 raffle and proceeds will benefit the Capital City Rescue Mission.

Please call 872-1237 for additional information.

Sweet Sweater Upcycle Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Have an old sweater that you just can't part with? Upcycle it! We've taken the best that Pinterest and DIY websites have to offer and found a collection of easy and fun projects using old sweaters! With a few cuts, some quick sewing and a little creativity, you'll take away several lovely handmade items, and just in time for the Holidays! Participants should bring old sweaters, needles, thread, sewing pins, scissors and optional decorative buttons.

Program is appropriate for ages 13 and up, some sewing experience is helpful. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take this time out during the holiday hullabaloo for a peaceful walk in the woods. Hike through the woods to beautiful views from the escarpment. Call 872-0800 to register and for a meeting place.

Registration: Required
'Wish It Would' Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
If wishing makes it snow, we'll take a snowshoe walk on the trails. Try out your new snowshoes or borrow a pair of ours. If there's no snow, we'll make it a winter walk. Afterwards, warm up with hot chocolate. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and confirm conditions.
Registration: Required
Tasty Treats for Winter Birds at Thacher Nature Center
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Lots of birds stick around for the long, cold winter and survive on seeds and berries. Bring a plastic net bag (the kind onions come in) to make a unique bird feeder to take home and hang in your yard. We will go outside and find native berries birds love to use in our muffin mix! While they bake, we will use binoculars and field guides to view and study the birds at our feeders. Take home a feeder and a list of shrubs that will feed the birds in your backyard. Free program, is open to adults and children.

Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Fantastic Fishers at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, January 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Come and learn about the facts and myths surrounding this elusive, yet increasingly common mammal in our area. Learn the natural history of these large weasels through Fisher FAQs, the 'Weasel or Not' game, and much more! Make a mini fact book to take home.

This program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

 

Registration: Required
Moonlight Snowshoe at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, January 3, 2015 05:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
Snowshoe by the light of the full Wolf Moon. On a clear and bright night, we can leave the flashlights behind. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes. Please call ahead to confirm conditions and for meeting place.
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