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Fri 30 Jun
Learn to Fish at Thompson’s Lake
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

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.