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Sat 01 Jun
Birds of Prey
Saturday, June 1, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Stop by the Visitor Center where wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce you to live hawks, owls, and falcons. Binoculars will be available for visitors to borrow. 
Sat 01 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 1, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sun 02 Jun
Painting Outside the Lines
Sunday, June 2, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Meet at the Nature Center 

Explore unique approaches in the use of mats to extend and enhance your paintings. A 5 x 7" painting will be completed in this two hour workshop with professional artist Diane Steele. $20 per person, cash payable at the time of the program. All skill levels. Ages 18+. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Registration: Required
Sat 08 Jun
Caves & Karst
Saturday, June 8, 2024 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 08 Jun
New Moon Hike
Saturday, June 8, 2024 08:45 PM - 10:45 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Meet at the Old Stage Road Trailhead 

Take a hike on the High Point Trail to learn about the importance of darkness for amphibians, birds, and other animals! We'll travel two miles round-trip over moderate terrain on one of the darkest nights of the year. 

Ages 13+. Headlamp or flashlight recommended. 
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Jun
Make Your Own Fossil
Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center

Drop by this table to learn how Thacher Park's fossils formed over 420 million years ago and make your own to take home! All ages. 
Sat 15 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 15, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 22 Jun
Caves & Karst
Saturday, June 22, 2024 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center Participants will come to understand the development of Thacher Park's unique landscapes and the terms associated with them. We will observe the limestone layers and the resurging underground streams, and visit the active sinkhole and other unique areas. Each participant is expected to follow the group leader in their own vehicle as we caravan to the different sites. No registration required.
Sat 22 Jun
Time-Traveling 1 Lecture: 60 million years of history, John Boyd Thacher State Park
Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

The rocks of Thacher Park record a long history of shallow seas, extinct marine life, volcanism and mountain building in New England, and much more. Explore this history between 450 to 390 million years ago with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, of the New York State Museum. This talk is followed on Sunday by a hike to see that long and deep history, long before the dinosaurs. 
Registration: Required
Sun 23 Jun
Drop-in Summer Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, June 23, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Meet at the Thacher Nature Center

Celebrate the first Sunday of summer by stopping by the Nature Center between 9am and 3pm to pick up a scavenger hunt. Bring the completed scavenger hunt back to the Nature Center for a prize! 
Sun 23 Jun
Time-Traveling 2 Lecture: 60 million years of history, John Boyd Thacher State Park
Sunday, June 23, 2024 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum on this timetraveling hike extending from the Indian Ladder Trail to the highest point in the park. It will build on the previous day's talk, visiting some less known parts of the park, on and off trail. The hike will be fairly strenuous, rising from 1000 to 1750 feet, and last about 3 hours.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Pollinator Discovery Walk
Saturday, June 29, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and birds! Join us for a walk in the Nature Center meadows as we discover incredible relationships between animals and plants that support our ecosystems and sustain our food systems.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Pollinator Quilling Craft
Saturday, June 29, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Quilling is an art form using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Join artist Diane Steele for this handson quilling craft celebrating pollinators.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jun
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, June 29, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Weather permitting, meet at the Thacher Park Overlook, where on a clear day at least four different landscape regions are visible. Learn how and when they formed and about the many different rock types of which they are made. No registration required.
Sat 29 Jun
Pollinator Quilling Craft
Saturday, June 29, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Quilling is an art form using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Join artist Diane Steele for this handson quilling craft celebrating pollinators.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Fossil Hunting
Saturday, July 13, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Search for real fossils while enjoying amazing views from the Escarpment Trail! This family-friendly program travels 0.5 miles over easy terrain. Note: Fossils may not be removed from the park. N
Sat 27 Jul
Rock Mandalas
Saturday, July 27, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Mandalas represent harmony, unity, and balance. Join artist Diane Steele for this hands-on rock painting program. 
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Rock Mandalas
Saturday, July 27, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Mandalas represent harmony, unity, and balance. Join artist Diane Steele for this hands-on rock painting program. 
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Aug
Meet a Reptile
Saturday, August 10, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Thacher State Park
Stop by this table to learn about the amazing world of reptiles by meeting ours up close! Great for adults and kids alike.
Sat 24 Aug
Plant Monoprints
Saturday, August 24, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Combine the techniques of printmaking, painting, and drawing media to create a unique work of art using plant materials with artist Diane Steele
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
Critters in the Creek
Saturday, August 24, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Drop by this table to take a closer look at the diverse organisms that make their home in our creek! Borrow a net and magnifying glass to see how many creatures you can find! All ages 
Sat 24 Aug
Plant Monoprints
Saturday, August 24, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Combine the techniques of printmaking, painting, and drawing media to create a unique work of art using plant materials with artist Diane Steele
Registration: Required
Sat 07 Sep
Fossil Hunting
Saturday, September 7, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Search for real fossils while enjoying amazing views from the Escarpment Trail! This family-friendly program travels 0.5 miles over easy terrain. Note: Fossils may not be removed from the park. 
Sat 21 Sep
Hawks Overhead!
Saturday, September 21, 2024 12:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Thacher Park is a prime spot for viewing a variety of fall-migrating raptors. Stop by the Hawk Watch table to borrow a pair of binoculars and view these birds of prey. N
Sat 05 Oct
Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 5, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Enjoy the fall colors and incredible views of the Hudson Valley on this guided hike.