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 & bug spray, & bring water & snacks.
Fringed Gentian Walk
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, Amsterdam, NY
Meet at 9:50 at the Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve parking lot.
Rain/overcast date: Monday, October 9 at 10 AM
Join Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve Steward Jeff Leon for a special hike through this newly-opened preserve as we look at the blooming fringed gentian, a rare native flower distinguished by its beautiful purple-blue color. We will also inspect 8 different species of asters and goldenrods. Guests will learn basic botany identification skills as we inspect these amazing plants, and will also be treated to poetry on the hike! All are welcome to bring a pack lunch, as the hike will be ending by the picnic tables at the parking lot.
*Fringed gentian only opens with the sky is sunny. If the weather is overcast or rainy on Saturday, October 7, registrants will be notified that the hike has been rescheduled to Monday, October 9.
Normans Kill East and West: A Hike
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Normans Kill Preserves, Bethlehem, NY
Meet at 9:45 at the Normans Kill West parking lot.
This hike will be led by Alan Casline, a local poet, editor, and small press publisher. He is the editor of Normanskill, a watershed anthology from the Normanskill watershed.
We will start out in Normans Kill West, one of the most popular Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Preserves, and learn about the natural and human history of the area. Next, we’ll head down Delaware Avenue to Normans Kill East, a lesser-known but beautiful Preserve featuring a lovely trail along the Normans Kill.
Fox Preserve Opening
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Fox Preserve, Colonie, NY
Join us for the second grand opening of a new preserve in our 25th anniversary: the opening of Fox Preserve in Colonie on Saturday, October 21st! We’ll celebrate the donation of this property by Dr. Pat Fox, and we will offer guided hikes along the gorgeous trails created by MHLC staff and volunteers. The winding trails will take you through oak forests, open fields, and along the Shaker Creek. Be sure to bring your camera to get some spectacular shots of this beautiful property with radiant autumn colors!
Conservation Easements 101
Saturday, November 4, 2017
1 to 4 PM
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.