MHLC Events 2020 Calendar

MHLC Events: Message regarding COVID-19
The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, visitors, and partners is our top priority, and we will continue monitoring the CDC and the State of New York guidelines for the latest recommendations on containing the COVID-19 virus. MHLC has postponed the Art on the Rail Trail Annual Fundraiser and the Lansing Farm Spring Fundraiser, and a few of our outdoor events in March and April were canceled as well. As the situation is changing rapidly, we encourage you to check our website regularly for updates.

Looking for something to do right now? Check out MHLC’s Virtual Hikes & Lessons from the Field!

Get outside and connect with nature at one of our free events! There is something for everyone in our 2020 line-up: birdwatching, mushroom foraging, forest therapy, wilderness challenges, pollinator identification, and more! 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 learn and explore. 

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National Trails Day
Saturday, June 6 

Celebrate National Trails Day with a visit to your favorite MHLC Preserve! A lot of work goes into keeping trails looking their best. Help us show appreciation to the MHLC Stewardship staff and volunteers in our Thank a Preserve Steward photo contest! The winning entry will be featured in our next newsletter.

Take a selfie that captures your favorite MHLC trail, then share over social media with #thankyouMHLC and a message of why you are thankful for trails!


Wilderness Crafts Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, June 14 at 4 PM
Online instruction/Google Meet conversation

In our modern world, we often forget the abundance nature provides. These natural resources can be used for artistic expression, the opportunity to make something beautiful and useful. Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures for a family-friendly workshop in Wilderness Crafts! In this class, you will learn the art of making cordage from natural fibers and how to make stone necklaces.

Dave has created detailed instructional videos that will be sent to participants on June 9th. Participants will learn how to make a pendant necklace on their own, then join a group conversation hosted by MHLC and Dave via Google Meet on June 14th at 4 PM. The online meeting is a great opportunity to share your project, reflect on the experience of making a nature craft, and ask questions. (Recommended for ages 8 and up.)
*The basket weaving portion of this class will take place during MHLC’s Hike-a-thon on July 18th! Hike-a-thon registration will open soon!


Virtual Outdoor Yoga on the Summer Solstice
Hosted by The Hot Yoga Spot

Saturday, June 20 at 10 AM 

Join us for a yoga session in nature that is sure to melt away your stress! Our partner, The Hot Yoga Spot, will lead this free one-hour session on Zoom to celebrate International Yoga Day and the first day of summer. So grab your yoga mat, login to the meeting, and do something good for your mind and body.



Annual Summer Hike-a-thon
Saturday, July 18

Our Annual Summer Hike-a-thon is a fun-filled family event that takes place at multiple MHLC Preserves across the Capital Region. The full menu of Summer Hike-a-thon special events will be posted in the first week of July. Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop!




Wild Mushrooms of Holt Preserve with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, August 1 from 9 AM – 12 PM 
Lower Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY

The world of fungi is curious, complex, and holds a special wonder in the human psyche. Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures to learn about the many mushrooms found in our forests. Participants will learn of the ecological significance of fungi, mushrooms as food & medicine, as well as Dave’s personal accounts and experiences with mushrooms found along our walk. (For adults, 18+)



Edible & Medicinal Plants with Ondatra Adventures
Sunday, August 2 from 1 – 4 PM
Private MHLC easement in New Scotland, NY

It doesn’t take traveling to the far reaches of the wilderness to immerse oneself in the world of edible & medicinal plants. In fact, many plants that are considered ‘weeds’ are our most powerful and nutritional allies. Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures to learn about the many edible & medicinal plants that inhabit our forests, fields, cities, and backyards. Nature’s bounty is truly everywhere! (Any age, accompanied by an adult)


Bumble Bees & Pollinators with Xerces Society
Saturday, August 22 from 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, Amsterdam, NY

Join MHLC for Native Bumblebees and Pollinators Hike! Learn how to identify some of our native bumblebees and other pollinators as Katie Hietala-Henschell, Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, leads a walk through Strawberry Field Nature Preserve. Katie will go over bumble bee life history, give a hands-on demonstration on how to use the Bumble Bee Watch app, and provide tips for photographing bees.


Forest Bathing with Diane Kavanaugh-Black
Saturday, September 12 from 9 AM – 12 PM
Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY

Join us for a slow walk through the beautiful habitats of the Holt Preserve. Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Diane Kavanaugh-Black 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.


Plein Aire Painting with Kevin Kuhne
Saturday, September 26 from 1 – 4 PM 
Van Dyke Preserve, Bethlehem, NY

Spend the afternoon capturing the beautiful woodland interiors and stream views of the Van Dyke Preserve. This workshop lead by art educator Kevin Kuhne will include a short hike, demonstration, and individual sketching and watercolor with individual instruction and critique. Click here for a preview of the required supply list.


Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 PM 
Save the date for MHLC’s Annual Fall Fundraiser! The Fall Fundraiser is our biggest event of the year and helps to raise funds necessary to continue our important conservation work in the Captial Region. Enjoy dinner, drinks, an exciting raffle, and engaging conversations about conservation as we return again to the fourth floor of the New York State Museum.

Ticket sales will open in September. 

Halloween Full Moon Hike with Christian Johnson
Saturday, October 31 at 5:15 PM 
Switzkill Farm easement, Berne, NY

This Halloween skip the costumes and candy …let’s go for a Full Moon Hike! Educator Christian Johnson will lead the group through the moonlit trails at the Switzkill Farm easement in Berne, a location that has earned recognition for its amazing views of the night sky. Bring your red light headlamps or flashlight–we’ll supply you with red filters. 


Understanding & Interpreting the Landscape
Saturday, November 7 from 1 – 4 PM
Private MHLC easement in Glenville, NY

From the slow turn of geologic events, the succession of plant species, to the events that describe the human experience, history is recorded across the pages of our landscapes. In this workshop participants will learn how to read and interpret the landscape in its present state to determine age/succession of the forest, previous human activity (old and recent), locate springs, natural food and medicine sources, and much more.


Fall Birding Hike with Co-Host Hudson Mohawk Bird Club
Saturday, November 14 at 8 AM (Tentative)
Basic Creek Reservoir, Westerlo, NY

In 2019, MHLC placed a conservation easement on the Basic Creek reservoir lands. Come and see this incredible natural resource through a fall migratory bird’s view as we look for fall migratory upland and water birds with the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club. Bring your binoculars, hats, gloves, and guidebooks as we search for Bald Eagles, mergansers, ducks, and warblers!



2019 Fall Fundraiser: CLICK HERE to read about and view pictures from this event.

2019 Summer Hike-a-thon: CLICK HERE to read about and view pictures from this event.

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