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Sat 21 Jan
Woodland Snowshoe Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a scenic trek on one of the most picturesque trails in the park. We'll walk 1.25 miles through woodlands, along frozen streams with waterfalls, and take in views of the large wetland south of Paint Mine. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them for $5/pair. Please call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Jan
Exploring Hailes Cave at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, January 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Hailes Cave is the longest of known caves in Thacher Park. Historically popular for exploring, the cave has not been accessible for many years and is now gated to protect hibernating bats. Take a photographic tour of Hailes Cave with Thom Engel. Learn what the current mapping has revealed and about the potential for further exploration of the cave. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 28 Jan
Snowshoe to High Point in Thacher Park
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join a snowshoe walk to High Point on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail. The 3 mile loop includes a couple of moderately steep slopes. Bring a snack along for a break at the cliff view point. If there's no snow, we'll enjoy a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent and may be reserved in advance. We will meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. Call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes, and confirm conditions.

Sun 29 Jan
Evidence of Slavery in the Hudson Valley, at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, January 29, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Slavery has long been associated with the south, but recent discoveries in the Hudson Valley tell another story. Historical archaeologists at the New York State Museum have recently completed geophysical surveys and archaeological testing at Schuyler Flatts, the Nicoll-Sill House, and Van Schaick Mansion in Albany County. Dr. Michael Lucas will discuss ongoing research into these sites and the findings that give evidence of the practice of slavery. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Thu 02 Feb
Forest Pest Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive forest pest from Asia that kills eastern hemlock trees. These beautiful evergreens are common in the forests of Thacher Park. This workshop, presented by DEC Division of Lands and Forests staff, is appropriate for forest owners, environmental educators, and others who want to learn how to identify HWA and assist with surveying and reporting observations. After the presentation, participants will go out in the field and learn how to identify signs of infestation on nearby hemlocks. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 04 Feb
Everything Mushrooms: An Introduction to Fungi
Saturday, February 4, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Did you know that the largest living organism on the planet is a fungus? Mycologist John Michellotti explains what mushrooms and fungi are, the ecological functions they serve in the woods, how mushrooms have been utilized historically, how to grow mushrooms, and the medicinal properties that fungi have. There will be easy indoor mushroom growing kits and mushroom health tinctures available for purchase. The fascinating world of Fungi awaits! Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 05 Feb
Meadows & Woods in Winter Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk through a variety of habitats from open fields into woods and forest. We will look for sign of wildlife and enjoy the beauty and silence of a winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa at the nature center. Bring your snowshoes or rent a pair for $5. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 05 Feb
‘Drawing Animals’ Artist Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 5, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

As a natural science illustrator, Meg Sodano creates images of animals and their environments for exhibits and books. Using a variety of animal specimens as models, Meg will demonstrate drawing techniques and observational approaches, then guide participants in their own drawings. Participants will learn about animal anatomy and how to render form, structure, and function. Appropriate for ages 16 and up, all skill levels are welcome. Fee of $25 covers all materials. Space is limited. Call 872-0800 to register.

Thu 09 Feb
‘Small Ones’ Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Calling all preschoolers, this snowshoe adventure is just for you. We will put on our tiniest snowshoes and take a fun preschool-paced walk outdoors. We'll practice waddling like a penguin, tromping like a polar bear, falling down then getting back up. Afterwards, warm up indoors with some books and a paper craft activity. Program is appropriate for ages 3-5. Adult snowshoes are also available. Please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Sat 11 Feb
Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson’s Lake
Saturday, February 11, 2017 06:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

We're ordering colder temperatures this winter, so once again we can have our Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson's Lake. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners, with 3 categories of fish. (The more folks registered, the bigger the cash prizes!). Registration begins at 5:30am, fishing begins at 6am and ends at 1pm. Registration fee is $10 per person, free for kids under 12 years old. Call 872-1237 for additional information.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Feb
Geology of the Catskills: New Discoveries at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 11, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

One of the remaining frontiers of New York geology is the Catskill Mountains. 380 million years ago the Catskills region was a broad, sloping landscape, between Andes-size Appalachians in New England and a shallow sea to the west. Rivers carried great volumes of sand and mud from the eroding mountains. Some of Earth's oldest forests covered adjacent floodplains. Come explore recent discoveries of these ancient Catskill lands with geologist Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 12 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 12, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sat 18 Feb
Verplanck Colvin - Adirondack Surveyor at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 18, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Verplanck Colvin was a surveyor and explorer, best known for his surveys of the Adirondacks between 1872 and 1900. He also completed studies in the Helderbergs and had connections with the Dudley Observatory, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Watervliet Arsenal. Jim Schaller will share stories about this interesting man and the Ver Planck family history in the Hudson Valley. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 19 Feb
Backyard Birds and a Winter Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, February 19, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count! View winter birds at our feeders, and get tips for identifying birds and how to use a field guide. Learn about unique winter birds, test your Bird ID skills, and then head outdoors with binoculars for some birding. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Wed 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Feb
Animal Signs program at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Ever wonder where all the wild animals are in winter? You may not see them, but if you observe closely enough, you can find the signs they've left behind. Learn all about these ‘wildlife signatures' and go outside and look for signs of our wild neighbors. Make an edible sign treat to enjoy or take it home. Call 872-0800 to register. This FREE program is appropriate for all ages!

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 26. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 26 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sat 04 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, March 4, 2017 06:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Enjoy the beautiful moonlit views of the park on an evening snowshoe walk. With a bright moon and cover of snow, we'll leave the flashlights behind. Snowshoes are available to rent for $5 per person and may be reserved in advance. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Conditions will determine meeting place. Call 872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Registration: Required