MHLC Events Calendar
In 2018, you can expect a wide variety of outdoor adventures across our eighteen preserves. More events will be added throughout the year- stay tuned and sign up for our mailing list to be the first to learn when registration opens for these events!
For outdoor events, we advise participants to wear long pants, waterproof hiking boots, a hat, apply sunscreen & bug spray, & bring water & snacks.
Animal Track & Sign with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, February 24th, 10 AM- 1PM
Bozen Kill Preserve, Altamont, NY
*This event is full!
We’re kicking off our popular series of naturalist events with Ondatra Adventures this year with a winter animal tracking workshop!
From ants, to bobcat, to red-tailed hawks, all animals leave sign of their activities. Join licensed NYS Wilderness Guide and Wilderness Skills Instructor Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures as he introduces you to the fundamentals of tracking and awareness to better understand the stories that animals leave behind. We’ll make our way through the fields, forests, and stream banks of Altamont’s beautiful Bozen Kill Preserve and be introduced to basic tracking skills and concepts such as clear print identification, track patterns, as well as techniques to develop our skills in tracking.
This is a great class for photographers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to deepen their outdoor experience.
MHLC Annual Awards Dinner
Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 PM
River Stone Manor
1437 Amsterdam Rd, Schenectady, NY 12302
RSVP By February 16th
Buy your tickets today!
It’s the return of a classic event: the MHLC Annual Awards Dinner. Join us for delicious food, lively company, and a look at the land projects which will define 2018 as our best ever for land protection. Most of all, we’ll take a moment to honor the people who make this work possible.
We’ll be celebrating this year in Schenectady County at the historic River Stone Manor. Visit the Annual Awards Dinner webpage to learn more and to buy tickets.
Identifying Plants in Winter: A Hike for National Invasive Species Week
Friday, March 2, 9 AM
Fox Preserve, Colonie
We’re celebrating National Invasive Species Week with a special wintertime plant identification hike! Explore the newly-opened Fox Preserve in Colonie with a plant ID expert. Learn to spot and identify shrubs, trees, and more during the bare winter months. We’ll use branching patterns, context clues, and bark to distinguish different plants from each other.
*This event is part 1 of a 2-part hike invasive plant identification series at Fox Preserve. Look below for our summer version: Identifying Plants in Summer for New York Invasive Species Week on Friday, July 13 at 9 AM.
Winter Sports Day
Saturday, March 3, 8:30 AM
Keleher Preserve, New Scotland
Join us for a morning of fatbiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and more! Enjoy guided treks through Keleher Preserve, our largest preserve with various terrain and winding trails. Warm up after your snowy adventure with food provided by Bountiful Bread.
Earth Day Story Walk with the Bethlehem Library: For Preschoolers and Parents
Friday, April 20, 10 AM
Swift Preserve, Delmar, NY
In honor of Earth Day 2018, we are partnering with the Bethlehem Library to offer an outdoor story walk for preschoolers and their parents and caregivers. We’ll take a short walk through the Swift Preserve, noticing the amazing plants and animals that surround us, before sitting down to enjoy a story or two in the open air.
Environmental Awareness 5K for Earth Day
Saturday, April 21, 8- 10 AM
Location: Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
Run, walk, jog, or roll for a cause! Join us for this special opportunity to move your body and support the Conservancy.
For more information: Environmental Awareness 5K Poster
Earth Day Work Day: A Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, April 22 8:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Coeymans, NY
Celebrate your love for our planet by volunteering with MHLC! We will be hosting a special volunteer opportunity in Coeymans in honor of Earth Day 2018. You can expect fresh air, good company, and plenty of dirt under your nails!
Wobbling With the Warblers – A Walk in the Woods: Birding Hike with Rich Guthrie
Saturday, May 12, 7 AM
Winn Preserve, Altamont, NY
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting new event in 2018: a birding hike with Rich Guthrie! Rich is a veteran birder and the resident avian expert for WAMC.
Join MHLC and Rich for an early-morning bird hike at the beautiful Winn Preserve. This will be a stop, look, and listen saunter as we look for and listen to songbirds while taking in the flowers, geology, and history of the Helderberg Escarpment. Suitable for experienced birders or novices- space is limited, so register early. Bring your binoculars!
Friday, May 18, 8 AM
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
Walk, stroll, ride, or glide along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail and show your appreciation for this treasured community resource. You are invited to join MHLC, local public officials, and the New York Bicycling Coalition at this annual celebration. This free event begins a light breakfast at 8 AM at our office at 425 Kenwood Avenue. At 8:30, guests will hit the Rail Trail to ride. Bike to Work Day is open to anyone, whether or not they are able to bike to their place of work from the Rail Trail. Join in for free refreshments and a bit of outdoor exercise before you start your day!
Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rail Trail with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, May 19, 1-4 PM
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
This popular, family-friendly event along the accessible Rail Trail returns in 2018. Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures will lead us on a guided journey through the world of edible and medicinal plants. Learn about the historical uses of different plants, as well as where they are traditionally found and how to identify them. We’ll talk about respectful, safe, and responsible harvesting of plant materials in different spaces.
Exploring a Riparian Forest with Schoharie River Center’s Scott Hadam
Saturday, June 9, 10 AM – 12 PM
Schoharie Creek Preserve, Charleston, NY
How can we learn about the stages of forest succession? The Schoharie River Center’s Scott Hadam will lead us on a guided hike through the forests of the Schoharie Creek Preserve in Charleston. Scott will teach us about the various stages of forest succession, showing us examples of different stages of growth in the unique riparian (a riparian zone is the interface between land and a river or stream) habitats found in this preserve.
Family Wilderness Crafts with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, June 17, 1-4 PM
Van Dyke Preserve, Bethlehem, NY
The family favorite returns! Join MHLC and Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures for a hands-on crafting experience in the beautiful outdoors. We’ll learn to make crafts using the natural materials we find in the preserve. Participants get to create and take-home their own mementos of this interactive workshop.
Identifying Plants in Summer: A Hike for New York State Invasive Species Week
Friday, July 13, 9 AM
Fox Preserve, Colonie
We’re celebrating New York Invasive Species Week with a special summertime plant identification hike! Explore the newly-opened Fox Preserve in Colonie with a plant ID expert. We’ll look through the lush vegetation and identify native and nonnative plants.
*This event is part 2 of a 2-part hike invasive plant identification series at Fox Preserve, and is a great follow-up to our Wintertime Plant ID hike on March 2. Sign up for both to see the difference between winter and summer at Fox Preserve!
Summer Celebration and Hike-a-thon
Saturday, July 21, 10 AM
Multiple Locations in the Helderbergs
This year’s annual Hike-a-Thon will be based in the beautiful Helderbergs. All morning, we will offer guided hikes, treasure hunts, outdoor yoga, animal tracking, outdoor art workshops, and more. Afterwards, we’ll all meet at Indian Ladders Farms’ Brewery and Cidery to enjoy refreshments and reflect on the day. You won’t want to miss our 2018 Summer Celebration!
Mushrooms of the Northeast with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, August 4, 1-4 PM
Fox Preserve, Colonie, NY
Join us for an outdoor trek into the world of mushrooms! Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures will take us through the newly-opened Fox Preserve in Colonie. We’ll travel through open fields and oak forests, learning about the different types of mushrooms that grow in various habitats. Dave will teach us about the ecology of these mushrooms, their usage, and how to identify edible mushrooms as well as their poisonous look-a-likes.
Outdoor Yoga with Studio 4
Monday, August 20, 5:30 PM
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, Amsterdam, NY
Join us for a series of summer sun salutations in the beautiful open air of Strawberry Fields. Michelle of Studio 4, a hot yoga and pilates studio in Schenectady, will lead a free outdoor yoga session. Feel the breeze on your face and hear the birds in the trees as you move your body and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.
Discovering the World of Ants: A Walk with Grace Barber of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
Saturday, September 8, 1 to 3 PM
Take a moment to look down, and you may find an exciting, thriving world of ants at your feet! We’ll be led by Grace Barber of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. Grace, an expert on ants and their behaviors, will take us on a guided hike through a private property protected by a conservation easement with MHLC. Learn about the amazing ants that live in our communities!
MHLC Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, October 4, 5:30 PM
We’ll gather to celebrate 26 years of saving lands in Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady Counties.
Reading the Landscape with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, November 4, 1-4 PM
Schenectady County, NY
Our final event of 2018 is a new one: “Reading the Landscape”! Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures will take us for a guided tour through a private property which has been protected by MHLC with a conservation easement. Dave will teach us how to learn the history the land from contextual clues in the landscape- what can the fields, stone walls, and large oak trees of the land tell us about how humans and animals have lived on it in the past?