Celebrating 25 Years of Conservation: Cocktail Party Honoring Matt Bender and Stewart Dutfield, Nature Hikes, and the Capital Region Nature Passport

Photo by Robert Stone: A View of the Catskills from the Bolotsky property, protected by MHLC in 2016.

Photo by Robert Stone: A View of the Catskills from the Bolotsky property, protected by MHLC in 2016.

Join us as we kick off a year of celebration and conservation with our annual dinner, which has been moved up to January 28th! MHLC has been your local land trust for 25 years, and we have so much to celebrate together.

On Saturday, January 28th, we will start a year of special celebrations with our annual dinner: a cocktail party honoring Matthew Bender IV, local philanthropist and conservationist, and Stewart Dutfield, Rail Trail Ambassador Coordinator. Join MHLC board, staff, and friends to experience the breathtaking view of the winter sunset over the preserved lands of the Capital Region from the Corning Tower Observation Deck while enjoying cocktails and a light buffet. Click here for tickets to this one-of-a-kind event!

This party will be the first of dozens of celebratory, conservation-focused events on MHLC’s calendar this year. In February, we will host our first outdoor event of the year with a day of fat biking on the trails of Keleher Preserve, with food and beverages provided by Bountiful Bread of Stuyvesant Plaza. As the weather begins to warm in April, we are excited to renew our partnership with Ondatra Adventures to host a Hiking and Backpacking Tips and Tricks Workshop. In the summer and fall, the public is invited to a series of programs including birding hikes, new preserve openings, family wilderness craft programs, a Hike-a-Thon in July, and a special gala affair at Thacher Park’s new visitor center in September. Visit our events page for more information on all events.

In February, MHLC will also be releasing the Capital Region Nature Passport, a new, free resource for explorers, adventurers, and naturalists of all ages and expertise levels. The passport is a collection of 25 micro-adventures which can be completed entirely within the forests, streams, and fields of MHLC’s public preserves and protected lands. From finding hidden habitat gems to trying out new trails, the passport encourages visitors and citizens to pull on their boots, get out the door, and get some dirt under their nails, exploring the spectrum of nature experiences waiting to be enjoyed in the Capital Region. Free copies of the passport will be available at all MHLC preserve kiosks and at the Conservancy’s office at 425 Kenwood Avenue in Delmar.

After 25 years, we continue to expand and connect the network of preserved lands across Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady Counties. The growing community of conservationists and supporters who make this preservation work possible are a group of people dedicated to protecting the scenic, recreational, and environmental value of the Capital Region landscape. In celebration of MHLC’s silver anniversary, we invite friends both old and new to join in a year of conservation, recreation, and connection.

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