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Sat 24 Jun
Geology Exhibits and Indian Ladder Trail
Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher Visitors Center is now open, with its new geology and fossil exhibits. Explore Thacher's ancient seas and lands inside, and then walk through 420 million year old tidal flats along the Indian Ladder Trail, guided by Thacher geology expert Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten of the NYS Museum. Call 872-0800 to register.

Sat 24 Jun
Go Bonkers for Bats at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Bats are an important species for our agricultural and ecological communities. Come learn about some of the different bat species we have in New York and why they are important, cool, yet misunderstood creatures. The program will be followed by a short bat origami activity. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Call 872-0800 to register.

Fri 30 Jun
Learn to Fish at Thompson’s Lake
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

DEC Fisheries staff will teach program participants how to identify common sportfish, how to cast a spin-casting rod, bait a hook and fishing safety. After the fishing education portion of the program, everyone will get a fishing rod and have the opportunity to use the skills they just learned and go fishing. Participants will not need a fishing license to participate in this program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 872-0800 to register.

Sat 01 Jul
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(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. Trail is moderately rugged with stairclimbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder Trailhead behind the Visitor Center. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 872-0800 to register.

Sun 02 Jul
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some of our wild neighbors up close and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Suggested donation is $5 per family. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 02 Jul
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, July 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a Pitcher Plant "eats". There is a lot to explore in our constructed bog. Call 872-0800 to register.