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Sat 23 Mar
Watercolor Basics for Kids at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Explore the fluid nature of watercolor paints! Using watercolor paints and everyday household items we will experiment with colors and textures to create fun, vibrant pieces. Make a set of technique cards to take home and then work on your own nature-inspired watercolor painting. This program is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. Materials fee is $5 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Spring Blossoms Painting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 24, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a relaxed, guided painting workshop. Think ‘spring’ as you paint lively pink blossoms along graceful tree branches! Participants will go home with a completed acrylic painting. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Materials fee is $10 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for more information.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
Clifftop Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take in the views from the cliff edge on this early spring walk. We’ll take the Long Path out to Hailes Cave and walk the escarpment trail back, stopping to take in a cliff top perspective of the Indian Ladder Trail and the rushing waters of Outlet and Mine Lot Falls. Walk is about 1.5 miles in length and is over fairly level terrain. Trail may be muddy in some places, and weather could be damp, so dress for conditions. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Apr
Sinkholes, Caves, and Springs: Karst Landscape in Thacher Park
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The limestone in Thacher Park was formed about 400 million years ago! See how these rocks have dissolved over time and explore interesting features like sinkholes, caves, and springs. Learn about the basic chemistry behind why these features exist and how the geology of the park has influenced the landscape. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Visitor Center. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal 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. Please bring a donation to support Kelly’s work. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
Wed 24 Apr
Build a Nest Box at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless drill with a screw bit and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Spotlight on the Spotted Salamander at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Why did the Spotted Salamander cross the road? Learn more about Thacher Park’s unofficial mascot with an up-close and personal encounter and take a hike to check out a vernal pool. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals bloom on the forest floor before the trees leaf out and block the sun. The season is short and the blooms of some delicate flowers can disappear in days. We’ll look for early bloomers like hepatica, coltsfoot, trout lily, spring beauties, and bloodroot. Meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 518-872-0800 to register for this free program
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join in the statewide volunteer effort to show some love for your favorite park – Thacher Park, of course! There are a variety of projects for different interests and abilities, so bring a friend or family member along. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic area near the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by Parks and Trails New York and the Friends of Thacher Park. The Friends will provide a complimentary bbq lunch for all volunteers. Please register online at www.ptny.org. For more information contact the park at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required