MHLC Events Calendar

Birdwatching, mushroom foraging, forest bathing (that’s right, forest bathing!), backpacking for beginners, pollinator and plant identification, and more… our 2019 schedule of events is full of outdoor adventures for everyone. Our outdoor events take place in our eighteen preserves, and we partner with local organizations, naturalists, and experts to bring you an exciting schedule of opportunities to get outside and explore.

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Forest Therapy: A Guided Walk
Saturday, September 7 from 9 AM to 12 PM
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, Amsterdam, NY

Join us for our first-ever forest therapy walk! Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called shinrin yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.

Diane Kavanaugh-Black, a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, will lead our group on a slow walk through the beautiful habitats of Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve. Diane will guide us to incorporate sensory connection and embodied awareness as foundations for mindful presence as we enjoy and observe the natural beauty which surrounds us.

Forest Therapy Registration


Full Moon Hike on Friday the 13th
Friday, September 13 at 7 PM
Fox Preserve, Colonie, NY

Are you ready for a night hike on Friday the 13th? Join educator Christian Johnson for a hike under the full moon through the beautiful Fox Preserve. We’ll learn to listen and look with new appreciation for the landscape at night.

This hike is appropriate for teens and adults. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. We will use red lights only: red lights allow you to see what is directly in front of your feet but lets you maintain your night vision. Don’t have a red setting on your headlamp or flashlight? We will bring red filters for you.

Full Moon Hike Registration


Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, October 3 at 5:30 PM
New York State Museum – 4th Floor

Join us for our annual fall fundraiser!

We’ll return to the fourth floor of the NYS Museum to discuss our successes in 2019 and our plans for the future. Conversation, conservation, and connection- this is our biggest event of the year!


Understanding the Landscape with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, November 3 from 1 to 4 PM
A private easement in Rensselaerville

Learn to read the landscape around you! In this workshop, participants will learn how to read & interpret the landscape in its present state to determine age/succession of forest, previous human activity (old and recent), locate springs, natural food and medicine sources, and much more.

Landscape Hike Registration


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