Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

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Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center

New York

(518) 872-0800

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The Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center opened in July 2001 and is located near the shore of Thompson's Lake in Albany County. Exhibits and displays include a geologic model of the Helderberg Escarpment, a live honeybee observation hive, bird viewing area, fossils, furs and other hands-on collections. Trails for hiking and skiing lead from the nature center to the lake, through woodlands and fields. The center offers educational programs for school groups, youth organizations, clubs and the general public.

Map of Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.654414, -74.042745



  • Bird Watching

    The park offers a variety of habitat for both nesting and migrating birds. Bring your binoculars!

  • Hiking

    There are several miles of trails available for hiking year round. The trails include the Lake Trail, which is a short and easy trail that is accessible for both strollers and wheelchairs and the Schoolhouse Trail which loops past the one-room schoolhouse before cutting back across through the woodlands in the park. You have the option of heading out on your own or you can join one of the many guided hikes that are available throughout the year.

  • Picnicking

    Introducing visitors to the natural environment is a key goal of the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, so the grounds are open to the public for hiking and picnicking.

  • Winter Sports

    The trails around the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center are open year round, making both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing popular activities during the winter months. Snowshoes are available to rent from the Nature Center.


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Nature Center is open year-round, 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays & holidays.

Park Partners

Friends of Thacher and Thompsons Lake State Parks

The Friends of Thacher and Thompsons Lake State Parks was founded in 1996 dedicated to supporting and promoting the educational and interpretive programs at Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks.

(518) 872-0800



The Nature Center is located on the shore of Thompson's Lake, in Western Albany County near Thacher State Park and Thompson's Lake State Campground. From I-90 in Albany take exit 4 and drive west on Route 85 for about 12 miles. Bear right onto Route 157 and continue driving through Thacher Park, past the Park Office. Turn right on Ketcham Road (Rte 256), drive one mile and turn left on Nature Center Way.

Phone Numbers


(518) 872-0800