MHLC Events 2020 Calendar
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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Join us for MHLC Annual Awards Dinner as we honor those who have made an impact in Capital Region land conservation. Our guest speaker is William Bryant Logan, the author of Sprout Lands, Oak, Air and Dirt, the last of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He serves on the faculty of the New York Botanical Garden. William, a certified arborist, is the founder and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company.
Online ticket sales have closed. If you would like to join us, please purchase your ticket at the door.
Don’t hibernate all season, come out and enjoy the last of the winter! Take a walk through the beautiful Schoharie Creek Preserve with MHLC Preserve Steward Anita Sanchez. Anita will cover the basics of identifying plant species in the winter and discuss their importance as a food source for many species of animals.
Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures as he introduces you to the fundamentals of tracking and awareness to better understand the stories animals leave behind. In this class, you’ll be introduced to basic tracking skills and concepts such as clear print identification, track patterns, animal sign, and behavior, as well as techniques to develop your skill in tracking. This is a great class for photographers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to deepen their outdoor experiences.
ART on the Rail Trail’s Annual Fundraiser
Thursday, April 2 from 6 – 8 PM
Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges
140 New Scotland Ave, Albany
Join us for an evening of celebrating ART with food tastings from the talented chefs at Nighthawks in Troy and beverage sampling from a local brewery and winery. Enjoy live music, view the High School Regional Art Show on display in the gallery, and learn about ART’s latest initiate – a fabulous installation at the Voorheesville trailhead, coming in May. Truly a great time for a great cause!
$30 person or $50 couple
$10 student rate
Let’s celebrate Earth Day! Join MHLC and Miss Michelle from Bethlehem Public Library for a fun-filled morning. We’ll hear a few stories about Earth Day, take a walk through the Phillipin Kill Preserve (we may even get to see a beaver in the stream!), and make our own leaf rubbing artwork to take home. (This event is designed for ages 7 and under.)
Celebrate Arbor Day with MHLC! We will meet at the Fox Preserve for a work day to remove invasive vines. These vines can have devasting long-term effects on trees. After identifying these invasive species, MHLC staff will work with participants to remove the plants from the trees.
Join us at our Fox Preserve with your binoculars and bird guides to welcome spring migratory birds to the Capital Region. Hudson Mohawk Bird Club’s Scott Stoner and friends will assist with bird identification by sight and sound. We anticipate seeing some great species from warblers to possible Bald Eagle sightings! All skill levels are welcome.
How will you celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Why not show our lands a little love at the Earth Day Clean-Up! Join MHLC staff and Preserve Stewards as we work to get the new MHLC Preserve in top-notch condition before its grand opening.
Saturday, May 16 from 9 -11 AM
Bennett Hill Preserve, New Scotland, NY
Start your weekend with an outdoor workout! Join us for this fast-paced hike up and down the trails of Bennett Hill Preserve. We’ll start with some stretching to warm-up and then hit the trails to get our hearts pumping and blood flowing as we fill our lungs with fresh spring air.
Lansing Farm Spring Fundraiser
Sunday, May 17 at 10 AM
Lansing Farm Market & Greenhouse
204 Lisha Kill Road, Schenectady
Join us for brunch at the Lansing Farm Spring Fundraiser and art auction in support of our Lansing Farm Conservation effort. The festivities will begin at 10:00 AM and will include a light brunch and mimosas, an opportunity to win wonderful artwork, and a special presentation about our Lansing Farm conservation effort. Tickets are $35.
Celebrate National Trails Day with MHLC! Grab your boots and gloves and let’s get to work! We will meet at the Hollyhock Hollow Preserve, one of MHLC’s newest properties. This preserve, formerly managed by Audobon International, is in great need of some TLC! We will spend the morning clearing and marking trails as we prepare for the upcoming unveiling of Hollyhock Hollow Preserve to the public.
Not all learning happens in the classroom. In fact, some of the most important and long-lasting lessons we can experience only occur in the wild. In this class, students will learn several key skills regarding navigation and wilderness survival. Participants will have to ‘master’ these skills quickly as their skills will be tested at the end of the class with an EPIC CHALLENGE!! (Recommended for age 8 and up)
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 at the Van Dyke Preserve in Delmar, NY. In this class, you will make a small melon basket from local and wild-harvested vines. You will also learn the art of making cordage from natural fibers and how to make stone necklaces. Be prepared to hear some stories, learn natural history, and have fun with your family outdoors! (Recommended for ages 8 and up.)
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+)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.