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.
National Trails Day: Build Trails with MHLC!
Saturday, June 2, 8:30 AM- 12 PM
Keleher Preserve, Voorheesville, NY
Volunteer with MHLC to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2nd at the Keleher Preserve. Join us at 8:30 AM for coffee and a light breakfast before hitting the trails from 9 AM to 12 PM. We will be improving trail junctions and widening overgrown trails. Please wear sturdy shoes, sun protection, and bring work gloves and water. Tools will be supplied, including metal rakes, picks, hoes, McLeods, and loppers, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own if available.
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?