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.

Register Today for an Event!

Family Wilderness Craft Program with Ondatra Adventures
This program is full- registration is closed.
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.


Outdoor Watercolor Workshop with a Short Hike
Sunday, September 17, 2017

1:30 PM
Van Dyke Preserve, Delmar, NY
Meet at Van Dyke at 1:15 PM.

This Watercolor Plein Air Painting Workshop with art educator Kevin Kuhne takes place along the Phillipin Kill stream. This session will include a short hike, demonstration, and individual sketching and watercolor with individual instruction and critique. Any level of experience is welcome, but some basic, previous use of watercolor is needed. The workshop will focus on design and composition in a woodland interior, making a value plan in your sketchbook, basic watercolor techniques, and executing one or two small watercolor sketches. This four-hour workshop will include a 30 minute break for an early dinner. Participants will be required to supply and carry their own folding chair or stool, backpack, portable easel, painting supplies, and food and drink. A more formal supply list will be emailed upon registration.  Limited to 10 participants- register early!


Ashford Glen Walk
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10 AM
Ashford Glen Preserve, Schenectady, NY

Meet our Conservation Director, Sarah Walsh, and take a stroll through the beautiful Ashford Glen Preserve. The Vly Creek runs through this property, and we will take a close look at the many different plants that thrive in the habitats created by this stream. Ferns are especially common in this preserve; on one outing, staff identified Christmas, Cinnamon, Interrupted, Lady, New York, Royal, Sensitive, and Wood ferns.

This will be a slow hike, with many stops to identify the ferns, flowers, trees, and shrubs which live here. Perfect for budding botanists!

We will meet at the Ashford Glen Preserve kiosk at 9:45 AM. You can park along the road on Ashford Lane- please carpool if possible.


25 Years of Conservation: A Celebration (The Biggest Event of our 25th Anniversary!)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:30 PM
Thacher Park Center, Voorheesville, NY
Register Today!

Join us at our annual party to benefit MHLC, and visit the brand new Thacher Park Visitor Center. This year’s special celebration will commemorate the Conservancy’s 25 years of conservation in the Capital Region. The evening will include a tribute to the dedicated individuals who have made these 25 years possible.

Please mark your calendar today and join us for the biggest celebration of our 25th year!



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

10 AM 
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

10 AM
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
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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