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I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

This is a day to "Show the Love" for Thacher Park by helping out on some park improvement projects. Meet at the Pear Orchard Pavillion & bring garden gloves, tools, water, and a snack! At 12:30 the Friends of Thacher Park will provide a BBQ lunch for all volunteers.

Project 1: Working on two new trails. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Please bring any hand tools appropriate for clearing brush, including: rakes, loppers and hand saws.
Project 2: Work on the Indian Ladder Trail! Appropriate for all ages, bring tools such as rakes, loppers and hand saws.
Project 3: Two choices at Thompsons Lake Campground: involves clearing winter storm debris. Second is a number of painting projects at the new restroom facility and (possibly) the cabins. Appropriate for all ages. Please bring tools such as rakes, loppers and paintbrushes.
Project 4: Re-route trails stone steps. Ages 13 and up. Bring rakes, loppers, hand saws.
Project 5: Highway clean up. Clean up the 4.2 mile stretch, ages 16 and up.
Project 6: Clean up around the park office and entrances to some satellite picnic areas including planting new flowers/shrubs for the 2015 season. Appropriate for all ages, please bring shovels and trowels if you have them.

Register at: I Love My Park Day . Contact the park at 518-872-1237 with any questions.

Registration: Required
Spring Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 9, 2015 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a walk in the woods and look for early spring ephemerals like Coltsfoot, Hepatica, Trout Lily, Bloodroot, and Trillium. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area and dress for a cool mountain morning. Call 872-0800 to register. In case of extreme weather, please call ahead to confirm program.

Registration: Required
Birdwalk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 16, 2015 08:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Spring migrants are returning and birdsong is in the air. Join expert Rich Guthrie on a birding exploration of field and forest habitats. Some binoculars are available to borrow. Call 872-0800 to register or to confirm program in the event of extreme weather.

Registration: Required
Native Seed Collection and Propagation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

This presentation will focus on propagation of native plants from seed for gardeners. Horticulturalist Lauren Axford will discuss choosing appropriate native species for appropriate conditions and regions, how to harvest and process native seed, and the basics of achieving seed germination. Many of the species available through our upcoming Native Plant Sale will be highlighted and discussed. Participants will also be given the opportunity to work with a variety of native seed collected from the Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands, where Lauren is Executive Director. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
"Lore of the Woods” Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 23, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Look for spring blooming wildflowers on an easy stroll through the woods on the trail to High Point. Learn about the myths and legends of our spring wildflowers, and their historical uses with naturalist Sigrin Newell. Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place.

Registration: Required
10th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 30, 2015 until Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us for this anniversary celebration of native plants, biodiversity and pollinators! Over 50 hard to find species of perennials, ferns, shrubs and small trees will be available. Native plants attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators and provide nesting material and seeds for migratory and winter birds. Many are deer resistant, drought tolerant, cold tolerant, and adapted to a wide range of soil types and moisture. Experienced staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you find the right plant. Join a guided hike, meet a beekeeper from Bees of the Woods Apiary, purchase books and bluebird nest boxes or participate in plein air sketching (materials not provided). Face painting and kids' crafts include planting a "Milkweed for Monarchs" to take home. Meet staff from Audubon Society, NYS Bluebird Society, Landis Arboretum, and Friends of Thacher Park. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Woodland Wildflowers
Saturday, May 30, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Enjoy a walk in the woods on the Hop Field trail, where late spring wildflowers bloom. We'll look for Gaywings, Starflowers, Pink Ladyslippers, and more. The 1.5 mile loop trail circles a wetland, where springs flow from the rocky cliffs and many species of ferns are found. Meet at the Hop Field parking area. Call 872-0800 for more information.

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6, 2015 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

If you love to use the great trails at Thacher Park, this is the time to show your appreciation. Come and help out with trail maintenance projects for the morning and stay for a BBQ lunch, compliments of the Friends of Thacher Park. Call 872-1237 to register or for more information.

Explore the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 7, 2015 01:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Want to see an Eastern Bluebird? Sneak a peak at some Tree Swallow hatchlings? Our Bluebird Trail winds through fields and woods with homes for over 25 nesting pairs of birds. Join us as we check on who's in our nest boxes and monitor and record data on several bird species. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Program is free and open to all ages. Space is limited, call 872-0800 to register.

 

Growing Forest Fungi and other Mushroom Cultivation Options at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Interested in growing your own gourmet or medicinal mushrooms? Learn techniques for growing different species of mushrooms using materials such as hardwood bolts, woodchips, and even rolls of toilet paper! Instructor Bob Beyfuss will explain how mushrooms grow and reproduce in nature and how certain species may be cultivated. He will demonstrate tools and techniques for backyard or indoor cultivation. Program fee is $5. Call 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
“Misty Morning Pastures” Oil Painting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Complete a pastoral landscape painting in one lesson with instructor Karen Woodin. Karen will demonstrate how to apply, blend, and smooth oil paints on a prepared canvas, and teach specific techniques for creative effects. Class level is beginner to intermediate, and is appropriate for ages 16 and up. Fee of $55.00 includes all materials for an 11" x 14" painting. Payment is due prior to class. Please call 872-1237 for additional information.

Registration: Required
Helderberg History Hike
Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-1237

Join historian Tim Albright on a hike through time in the Helderbergs. Learn about the cultural history of the Indian Ladder Region, from early settlement by the Dutch in the 18th century to the creation of the park in the 20th century. Walk from Hop Field through Yellow Rocks and Glen Doone to the Overlook Escarpment Trail while hearing tales of former residents of the area, and get a feel for local life in bygone days. The hike is easy to moderate. Binoculars may be helpful. Please call 872-1237 to register.

Registration: Required
Honeybees Are Buzzin’ at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 27, 2015 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Summertime brings flowers and a hive packed with activity! Come and learn all about honeybees as you view the colony in our indoor observation hive. See the busy workers, the specialized drones and the ever-important queen bee in action! Learn how to dance like a bee, and view the world from a bee's perspective. Afterwards, take a walk to observe our honeybees at work in the gardens. Please register by calling 872-0800.

Registration: Required
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, July 4, 2015 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (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 872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
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