Ask the Conservation Director: What happens at MHLC Preserves in the winter?

Bring your fat bike to Keleher Preserve.

Q: What happens at MHLC Preserves in the winter?

A: Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s 18 preserves are open to the public from dawn to dusk for the entire year. We encourage visitors to bundle up and enjoy the changes in scenery during the winter months, which can often lead to some of the most exciting wildlife observations. Identifying mammal tracks in the snow, searching for snowy owls in the anticipated irruption to occur this winter, and skiing and snowshoeing are all great reasons to keep visiting our preserves and experiencing them in the winter months.

MHLC will also be hosting some great winter programming in the New Year, including an animal tracking workshop, winter plant identification hikes, and a winter sports/fat biking event, which will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Snowshoers enjoy Bennett Preserve. Photo by Alan VIa.

Bennett Hill Preserve is a favorite for visitors who enjoy snowshoeing, and the scenic vistas stretch for miles on a clear winter day, making for stunning winter photographs.

In 2017, we opened trails for mountainbiking at Keleher Preserve! Bring your skis, snowshoes, or fat bike to explore the trails on our biggest preserve and enjoy a snowy and sweaty outdoors experience this winter.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, we recommend following and identifying animal tracks in the snow. This can be a fun and educational activity for both adults and children. We recommend visiting www.naturetracking.com, which features galleries of common animal tracks and an article on tracks commonly seen in the snow.

For more information on the recommended activities for each of our preserves, stop by the MHLC office in Delmar or a preserve kiosk to pick up your free copy of the Preserves & Map Brochure, which includes an icon key to help you find which preserves are best for winter recreation, scenic views, wildlife viewing, family-friendly trails, and more.

Have a question for MHLC’s Conservation Director? You can email Sarah.

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