Events

MHLC Events Calendar

2017 is MHLC’s silver anniversary, and we are celebrating with a busy year of exciting indoor and outdoor events! 
Take a look at the schedule below, and register early to save your spot.
For outdoor events, we advise participants to wear long pants, waterproof hiking boots, a hat, apply sunscreen and bug spray, and bring water and snacks.

Register Today for an Event!

Photo of Schoharie Creek Preserve by Alan Via

 

Family Wilderness Craft Program with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, May 13, 2017

10 AM to 1 PM
Normans Kill West Preserve, Bethlehem, NY
RAIN CHECK- Due to inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled for another date, TBD. Check back soon for the new time and date.

Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures for a family-friendly workshop. In this class, we’ll make useful and beautiful craft items from the landscape. Be prepared to hear stories, learn natural history, and have fun. You’ll bring home your crafts as a memento of the day. This workshop is also being offered in August at Van Dyke Preserve.


Bozen Kill Hike

Thursday, May 18, 2017

10 AM 
Bozen Kill Preserve, Altamont, NY
Meet at 10 AM at 
Delmar Municipal Lot at 125 Adams Street, Delmar to carpool.

This unique hike will be offered in three sections. Hikers may participate in as many sections as they desire. We will start with the blue trail, which is a flat quarter mile ramble along the stream; then the white trail, which is a half mile walk into more interesting terrain to two scenic overlooks; and finally the red trail, which is the most recent trail of three-quarters of a mile into the more densely wooded areas.

Along the way, we will learn from several experts about this piece of land. Darwin Roosa will share information about the geology of the stream bed, Bryan Swift will share information about the wildlife in the area, and  Kathy Meany will share information about the human history of the land. All participants can walk the first leg together (round trip about a half mile), the first two legs (round trip about three quarters of a mile), or all three legs for a round trip hike of almost three miles. There is truly something for everyone, complete with waterfalls and beautiful views. The hikers will return to Delmar at approximately 1PM.

 

Bike to Work Day with MHLC
Friday, May 19, 2017

8 AM
Across the Capital Region

Join the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the New York Bicycling Coalition, and your elected officials for the return of this popular, leg-powered event on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

We will start off at the MHLC office in Delmar. Enjoy a light breakfast with friends at 8 AM before the photo opportunity and ride kick-off at 8:30!

 

Strawberry Fields Farm Preserve Opening
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10 AM
Strawberry Fields Farm Preserve, 240 Cranes Hollow Rd., Amsterdam, NY 12010

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy announces the first NEW preserve opening of its 25th Anniversary year. This preserve will quickly become a favorite for botanists and wildlife enthusiasts. Over 300 species of vascular plants have been identified here, over 100 bird species, and uncounted other members of the food chain. 

Please join us for a FREE Grand Opening Ceremony at the new Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve and enjoy guided tours of the new trails. 


National Trails Day with MHLC

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9 AM to 12 PM
Fox Preserve (Not yet open to the public), Colonie, NY

Volunteer to help us build our newest set of trails and have fun celebrating this nation-wide outdoor event! Perfect for school, scout, or community groups and those looking to spend the morning outdoors, this volunteer opportunity will be geared towards constructing a new trail system at the not-yet-open Fox Preserve in Colonie. Volunteers will learn trail building techniques and how to identify and remove invasive species. Whether you are a longtime steward or new to trail work, we welcome your help building the Fox Preserve. For more information on this event, please email: volunteer@mohawkhudson.org or call us at 518-436-6346.

 

Wilderness Survival Skills with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, June 11, 2017
1 PM to 4 PM
Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY
Meet at 12:45 PM at Holt Preserve.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to survive in the wild?

Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures as we explore fundamental skills and tools of wilderness survival. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the skills necessary to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the forest and off the trail. Dave will offer his knowledge and experience with skills such as shelter building, edible and medicinal plants, fire building, and more. 

A great course for hikers, backpackers, and outdoors people alike. All skill levels and interests are welcome.

 

 

A Celebration of Music and Nature
Saturday, June 24, 2017
4 PM to 7 PM
Suggested Donation: $75/person
The Daniel Conkling House in Rensselaerville
Make your reservation today! 

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is excited to announce the protection of the Eldridge Farm and the preservation of the historic agricultural landscapes of Rensselaerville. Join us in celebration and enjoy an outdoor reception and performance by the brass musicians of the Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller. Generously hosted by Stewart Myers at his historic property at 348 Albany Hill Road, Rensselaerville. Enjoy the lawns, fields and gardens of the Daniel Conkling House, a restored 1806 Federal mansion. 

Learn more and reserve your spot today for A Celebration of Music and Nature.

 

 

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rail Trail with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, July 9, 2017
1 PM to 4 PM
Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, Meet at MHLC Office at 425 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar, NY at 12:45 PM.

Step outside and immerse yourself in the world of plants! We don’t need to travel far to find some amazing species. In fact, many plants that are considered “weeds” are our most powerful and nutritional allies.

Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures to learn about the many edible and medicinal plants that inhabit our cities and backyards. 

 

25th Anniversary Hike-a-Thon
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10 AM
All MHLC Preserves

Join hikers across the Capital Region as we celebrate the outdoors and our love of hiking! More details to come on guided hikes that will be offered at select preserves. This will be the perfect day to check off more than one micro-adventure on your Capital Region Nature Passport!

 

Stewardship Work Day with MHLC Staff
Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Time and Location TBD

 

Family Wilderness Craft Program with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1 PM to 4 PM
Van Dyke Preserve, Delmar, NY
Meet at 12:45 PM at Van Dyke Preserve.

Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures for this family-friendly workshop. In this class, we’ll make useful and beautiful craft items from the landscape. Be prepared to hear stories, learn natural history, and have fun. You’ll bring home your crafts as a memento of the day. This workshop is also being offered in May at Normans Kill West Preserve.

 

Van Dyke Preserve Painters’ Delight
Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:30 PM
Van Dyke Preserve, Delmar, NY

 

Ashford Glen Walk
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10 AM
Ashford Glen Preserve, Schenectady, NY

 

MHLC Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, September 28, 2017

5:30 PM
Thacher Park Center, Voorheesville, NY

 

Normans Kill East and West: A Hike
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10 AM 
Normans Kill Preserves, Bethlehem, NY

 

Fox Preserve Opening
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time TBD

 


Conservation Easements 101
Saturday, November 4, 2017
1 to 4 PM
Schenectady, NY
Want to learn how to conserve your land? Come tour a passive solar house and meet with landowners who have conserved their land with MHLC. All landowners are invited, and questions are welcomed.

 

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