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Beautiful Butterflies at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Late summer is a great time to see the flying jewels of the natural world! Take an up close look at some local native caterpillars and learn what plants they like to eat. We'll go out and look in our gardens for larvae and adults, then make a butterfly craft to take home. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Registration: Required
"John Boyd Thacher: The Man Behind the Park" at Guilderland Public Library
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 07:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

For over 100 years we have enjoyed the beauty and wonder of John Boyd Thacher State Park. Come hear Tom Thacher, Great-Great Nephew of John Boyd Thacher, describe the man who had the foresight and inspiration to preserve this spectacular natural treasure. Tom will share his research into the life of JBT, which combines historical writings with insights from his family's personal memorabilia.

The event will take place at the Guilderland Public Library. For more information, please call Thacher State Park at 518-872-1237.

Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, August 30, 2014 06:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us as we say goodbye to summer vacation. Enjoy s'mores and entertaining tales with storyteller Claire Nolan as you relax by a crackling campfire. Fee for supplies is $1 per person. This program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family!

Registration: Required
Live Wildlife Program at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal with wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. See and learn about the birds of prey and other animals in her care and why they are with her. Find out how you can help protect wildlife from harm. Donations are appreciated. Call for more information.

Fern Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Ferns are some of the oldest living organisms on the earth and their graceful fronds decorate the cool shady forests. Explore the woodland trails at the Nature Center and discover a variety of ferns with botanist Ed Miller. Call for more information.

Thacher Park Centennial Running Festival
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800
2014 marks 100 years of Thacher State Park. And to that, the park will hold celebration events all day, including the inaugural edition of this event! 

Running Options: There is a 5K, 10K, marathon, and 50K (What better way to celebrate 100 years of the park by spending all day in it? Take up to 9 hours to complete the ultramarathon). All events will be run on trails in the northern section of the park. Course maps to come this summer. 

All races begin at 8:30 AM. 

Register Now! Event details, entry fees, and registration information can be found here.

Train for the Thacher Park Centennial Running Festival with the Albany Running Exchange at their Summer Trail Run Series! It's a free weekly trail run series on Thursdays at 6:30pm.
Registration: Required
Thacher Park’s Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Help us celebrate Thacher Park's 100th birthday! Events will be located throughout the park in Pear Orchard, Paint Mine, the Overlook and on Thacher Point. Activities throughout the day include our traditional Heritage event.. the Annual Hawk Migation Watch, speakers, nature hikes, a fossil find, vendors, outdoor demos by L.L. Bean, food trucks, a beverage tent, pony rides, a horse and wagon ride, face painting and temporary tattoos, a climbing wall, a scavenger hunt, live music throughout the day featuring Oobleck at 2 pm and Hair of the Dog at 5 pm, and the annual Hawk Migration watch at the Overlook from 10 - 4, featuring live birds of prey and t-shirt painting craft.

Admission is FREE!

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