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Sat 23 Sep
Hawks, Vultures, and Falcons- Oh My
Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn about some of the fantastic raptors that migrate through Thacher Park on their way south each fall. After an introduction at Thacher Visitor Center, we will head to the Overlook for a chance to see migrating hawks, vultures, and possibly peregrine falcons! Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. Parking fee is $6 per vehicle.

Sat 30 Sep
Fall Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a day of family fun and festivities including hayrides, live birds of prey, face painting, archery, old fashioned games, children's crafts, local artisans selling quality handcrafted items, farm fresh veggies and flowers, live music by the Knox Traditional Strings, Oobleck, and Night Train, food vendors 4 Corners Luncheonette and Dolan's Dogs. Take a picture with Helderberg Hildie and her friends. Entrance fee is $6 per car. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Fri 06 Oct
Moonlight Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, October 6, 2017 07:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us as we walk the Nature Center trails and enjoy the crisp air of a fall evening. We'll watch for bats and listen for owls and coyotes as darkness falls. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 07 Oct
Hike the Long Path
Saturday, October 7, 2017 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a through hike on the Long Path in Thacher Park, from Beaver Dam Road to Old Stage Road. We will follow the Escarpment Trail for a while and make a stop at the Visitor Center. Later we take a side trip to Hang Glider Cliff and also stop at High Point Cliff. A varied hike through woodlands and open spaces. Moderate pace. Total distance is 8 miles. Mostly level terrain, with a few ups and downs. Bring appropriate clothing for autumn weather, good trail boots, trail lunch, and rain gear if appropriate. Joint hike with Albany ADK. Meet at 9am at the Nature Center. Contact leaders Jim & Bonnie Schaller at 518-861-7452, or email jims2999@yahoo.com.  

Sat 14 Oct
Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Autumn colors bathe the escarpment during this peak time for leaf peeping. Walk along the Escarpment Trail and marvel at the beautiful colors of fall as we peer out over the cliffs. Along the way learn how to identify some of New York's native trees, such as maple, beech, birch, and pine. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic area. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 14 Oct
Becoming a Fossil
Saturday, October 14, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Celebrate Earth Science Week at Thacher Visitor Center! Why do some creatures get preserved as fossils while others do not? What makes a good fossil anyway? Join us to learn about taphonomy, the science of fossilization, and the conditions that make a good impression in the fossil record. Stick around after the presentation to make your own fossil replica! Call 518-872-0800 to register. Parking fee is $6 per vehicle.

Sun 15 Oct
Bats! at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, October 15, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Did you know that bats are the only flying mammals in the world? Come and learn about these mysterious creatures and the important ecological benefits they provide for humans. Find out about our local bats, where they live, and how they deal with winter. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sat 21 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

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.

Sat 04 Nov
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, November 4, 2017 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for a 2.5 mile hike to the escarpment at dusk. We'll watch the full moon rise over the Hudson Valley from Hang Glider Cliff. We may need flashlights for the hike out, but if the sky is clear we can hike back by moonlight. Meet at the Carrick Road trailhead at 6pm. Note, there are no restroom facilities in the north end of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-0800 to register.