MHLC Events 2020 Calendar

MHLC Events: Message regarding COVID-19
The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, visitors, and partners is our top priority, and we will continue monitoring the CDC and the State of New York guidelines for the latest recommendations on containing the COVID-19 virus. MHLC has postponed the Art on the Rail Trail Annual Fundraiser and the Lansing Farm Spring Fundraiser, and a few of our outdoor events in March and April were cancelled as well. As the situation is changing rapidly, we encourage you to check our website regularly for updates.

Looking for something to do right now? Check out MHLC’s Virtual Hikes & Lessons from the Field!

Get outside and connect with nature at one of our free events! There is something for everyone in our 2020 line-up: birdwatching, mushroom foraging, forest therapy, wilderness challenges, pollinator identification, and more! Our outdoor events take place in our eighteen preserves, and we partner with local organizations, naturalists, and experts to bring you an exciting schedule of opportunities to learn and explore. 

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ART on the Rail Trail’s Annual Fundraiser
This event, originally scheduled for April 2, has been postponed.
A new date will be posted soon.
Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges
140 New Scotland Ave, Albany

Join us for an evening of celebrating ART with food tastings from the talented chefs at Nighthawks in Troy and beverage sampling from a local brewery and winery. Enjoy live music, view the High School Regional Art Show on display in the gallery, and learn about ART’s latest initiate – a fabulous installation at the Voorheesville trailhead, coming in May. Truly a great time for a great cause!

$30 person or $50 couple
$10 student rate

Earth Day Exploration with Crafts, Storytime, and a Hike 
This event, originally scheduled for April 16, has been postponed.
Phillipin Kill Preserve, Bethlehem, NY

Let’s celebrate Earth Day! Join MHLC and Miss Michelle from Bethlehem Public Library for a fun-filled morning. We’ll hear a few stories about Earth Day, take a walk through the Phillipin Kill Preserve (we may even get to see a beaver in the stream!), and make our own leaf rubbing artwork to take home.  (This event is designed for ages 7 and under.)

Earth Day Clean-Up Challenge
April 1 – 22

We may not be able to gather as a group, but we can still show our lands a little love! We are challenging our MHLC community to get outside and pick-up trash at your favorite preserve, outdoor space, or along the frontage of your own yard. Spreading the celebration out will help to take the pressure off one big day and make it much easier to practice safe social distancing. We encourage you to take part anytime during the 22 days to show that each day is Earth Day!

Share your experience! Take photos of you, your family, and your pets taking part and submit them to MHLC for a chance to win prizes.

Ready to join in? Read more about the Earth Day Challenge on our blog!



Arbor Day Save the Trees
Friday, April 24, from 3 – 6 PM

Celebrate Arbor Day with MHLC!  We are reworking our plans to adhere to the latest recommendations for public gatherings. Stay tuned for details!  


Birding Hike with Co-Host Hudson Mohawk Bird Club
This event, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, has been CANCELLED. 
Fox Preserve, Colonie, NY

Join us at our Fox Preserve with your binoculars and bird guides to welcome spring migratory birds to the Capital Region. Hudson Mohawk Bird Club’s Scott Stoner and friends will assist with bird identification by sight and sound. We anticipate seeing some great species from warblers to possible Bald Eagle sightings! All skill levels are welcome. 

Fitness Hike with Co-host Hot Yoga Spot
Saturday, May 16 from 9 -11 AM

Bennett Hill Preserve, New Scotland, NY

Start your weekend with an outdoor workout! Join MHLC and co-host Hot Yoga Spot for this fast-paced hike up and down the trails of Bennett Hill Preserve. We’ll start with some stretching to warm-up and then hit the trails to get our hearts pumping and blood flowing as we fill our lungs with fresh spring air. 


Lansing Farm Spring Fundraiser
This event, originally scheduled for May 17, has been postponed. A new date will be posted soon.
Lansing Farm Market & Greenhouse
204 Lisha Kill Road, Schenectady

Join us for brunch at the Lansing Farm Spring Fundraiser and art auction in support of our Lansing Farm Conservation effort. The festivities will begin at 10:00 AM and will include a light brunch and mimosas, an opportunity to win wonderful artwork, and a special presentation about our Lansing Farm conservation effort. Tickets are $35.

Click here for information and tickets.

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6 from 9 AM -12 PM
Hollyhock Hollow Preserve, Selkirk, NY

Celebrate National Trails Day with MHLC! Grab your boots and gloves and let’s get to work! We will meet at the Hollyhock Hollow Preserve, one of MHLC’s newest properties. This preserve, formerly managed by Audobon International, is in great need of some TLC! We will spend the morning clearing and marking trails as we prepare for the upcoming unveiling of Hollyhock Hollow Preserve to the public.


Wilderness Wayfinding Challenge with Ondatra Adventures 
Saturday, June 13 from 9 AM – 12 PM 
Schoharie Creek Preserve, Charleston, NY

Not all learning happens in the classroom. In fact, some of the most important and long-lasting lessons we can experience only occur in the wild. In this class, students will learn several key skills regarding navigation and wilderness survival. Participants will have to ‘master’ these skills quickly as their skills will be tested at the end of the class with an EPIC CHALLENGE!! (Recommended for age 8 and up) 


Wilderness Crafts Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, June 14 from  1 – 4 PM
Van Dyke Preserve, Bethlehem, NY

In our modern world we often forget the abundance nature provides. These natural resources can be used for artistic expression, the opportunity to make something beautiful and useful. Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures for a family-friendly workshop in Wilderness Crafts at the Van Dyke Preserve in Delmar, NY. In this class, you will make a small melon basket from local and wild-harvested vines. You will also learn the art of making cordage from natural fibers and how to make stone necklaces. Be prepared to hear some stories, learn natural history, and have fun with your family outdoors! (Recommended for ages 8 and up.)


Annual Summer Hike-a-thon
Saturday, July 18

Our Annual Summer Hike-a-thon is a fun-filled family event that takes place at multiple MHLC Preserves across the Capital Region. The full menu of Summer Hike-a-thon special events will be posted in the first week of July. Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop!




Wild Mushrooms of Holt Preserve with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, August 1 from 9 AM – 12 PM 
Lower Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY

The world of fungi is curious, complex, and holds a special wonder in the human psyche. Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures to learn about the many mushrooms found in our forests. Participants will learn of the ecological significance of fungi, mushrooms as food & medicine, as well as Dave’s personal accounts and experiences with mushrooms found along our walk. (For adults, 18+)



Edible & Medicinal Plants with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, August 2 from 1 – 4 PM
Private MHLC easement in New Scotland, NY

It doesn’t take traveling to the far reaches of the wilderness to immerse oneself in the world of edible & medicinal plants. 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 & medicinal plants that inhabit our forests, fields, cities, and backyards. Nature’s bounty is truly everywhere! (Any age, accompanied by an adult)


Bumble Bees & Pollinators with Xerces Society
Saturday, August 22 from 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, Amsterdam, NY

Join MHLC for Native Bumblebees and Pollinators Hike! Learn how to identify some of our native bumblebees and other pollinators as Katie Hietala-Henschell, Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, leads a walk through Strawberry Field Nature Preserve. Katie will go over bumble bee life history, give a hands-on demonstration on how to use the Bumble Bee Watch app, and provide tips for photographing bees.


Forest Bathing with Diane Kavanaugh-Black
Saturday, September 12 from 9 AM – 12 PM
Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY

Join us for a slow walk through the beautiful habitats of the Holt Preserve. Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Diane Kavanaugh-Black will guide us to incorporate sensory connection and embodied awareness as foundations for mindful presence as we enjoy and observe the natural beauty which surrounds us.


Plein Aire Painting with Kevin Kuhne
Saturday, September 26 from 1 – 4 PM 
Van Dyke Preserve, Bethlehem, NY

Spend the afternoon capturing the beautiful woodland interiors and stream views of the Van Dyke Preserve. This workshop lead by art educator Kevin Kuhne will include a short hike, demonstration, and individual sketching and watercolor with individual instruction and critique. Click here for a preview of the required supply list.


Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 PM 
Save the date for MHLC’s Annual Fall Fundraiser! The Fall Fundraiser is our biggest event of the year and helps to raise funds necessary to continue our important conservation work in the Captial Region. Enjoy dinner, drinks, an exciting raffle, and engaging conversations about conservation as we return again to the fourth floor of the New York State Museum.

Ticket sales will open in September. 

Halloween Full Moon Hike with Christian Johnson
Saturday, October 31 at 5:15 PM 
Switzkill Farm easement, Berne, NY

This Halloween skip the costumes and candy …let’s go for a Full Moon Hike! Educator Christian Johnson will lead the group through the moonlit trails at the Switzkill Farm easement in Berne, a location that has earned recognition for its amazing views of the night sky. Bring your red light headlamps or flashlight–we’ll supply you with red filters. 


Understanding & Interpreting the Landscape
Saturday, November 7 from 1 – 4 PM
Private MHLC easement in Glenville, NY

From the slow turn of geologic events, the succession of plant species, to the events that describe the human experience, history is recorded across the pages of our landscapes. In this workshop participants will learn how to read and interpret the landscape in its present state to determine age/succession of the forest, previous human activity (old and recent), locate springs, natural food and medicine sources, and much more.


Fall Birding Hike with Co-Host Hudson Mohawk Bird Club
Saturday, November 14 at 8 AM (Tentative)
Basic Creek Reservoir, Westerlo, NY

In 2019, MHLC placed a conservation easement on the Basic Creek reservoir lands. Come and see this incredible natural resource through a fall migratory bird’s view as we look for fall migratory upland and water birds with the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club. Bring your binoculars, hats, gloves, and guidebooks as we search for Bald Eagles, mergansers, ducks, and warblers!



2019 Fall Fundraiser: CLICK HERE to read about and view pictures from this event.

2019 Summer Hike-a-thon: CLICK HERE to read about and view pictures from this event.

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