Events

MHLC Events 2021 Calendar

Get outside and connect with nature at one of our free events! There is something for everyone in our 2021 line-up! Our outdoor events take place in our 20 preserves, and we partner with local organizations, naturalists, and experts to bring you an exciting schedule of opportunities to learn and explore. 

Sign up for our mailing list for monthly reminders of upcoming events! Look for the full 2021 Events Calendar – coming soon!

 


Take MHLC’s 20 Preserve Challenge!
All year-long

Are you ready to take the 20 Preserve Challenge? Visit all 20 MHLC Preserves to receive a limited edition sticker. There’s no rush – this challenge will be open for all of 2021! Click below for details.

Get Started!

 


ART Auction Fundraiser
Online Auction opens Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m.
and closes on Sunday, April 25 at 11 p.m.

Buy art, support ART!
Your purchase supports the art community and ART on the Rail Trail’s efforts to bring public art to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. Choose from more than 35 original, high-quality works from local artists! 

A link to the auction will be posted HERE and on the ART web page on 4/19/2021 at 9 a.m.

 


Earth Day Storytime, Hike, and a Craft
Co-hosted by Bethlehem Public Library
Phillipin Kill Preserve
Thursday, April 22 from 10 – 11 a.m.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day! Join us at the Phillipin Kill Preserve in Delmar with our friends from the Bethlehem Public Library. We’ll listen to a couple of Earth Day stories, make a nature-inspired craft, and then we’ll take a short hike through the woods. Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited. 

Register!

 

 


Old sign found on Bender Melon Farm

Earth Day Volunteer Workday
Bender Melon Farm
Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful way! Join fellow MHLC volunteers and staff for a workday on MHLC’s newly acquired Bender Melon Farm. There is a lot of clean-up needed to get the farm ready for public access! We will break into groups to tackle this large project. Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited. 

This event has reached capacity. We will add additional workdays at Bender Melon Farm this season!

 


Nature Explorer’s Hike and Sketch

Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary, Selkirk
Saturday, May 15, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Grab your sketchbook and explore the woods, creek, and pond at Hollyhock Hollow with Jean Mackay, author of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook. We’ll try a variety of fun nature sketching activities while hiking the preserve’s trails. This program is geared for families with children aged 7+. Please bring a sketchbook, pencil or pen, and a small set of colored pencils if you have them.

Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited.

Register!

 


Beginning Birding: An Introduction

Zoom Lesson
Tuesday, May 18, 7 -7:45 p.m.
&
Bozen Kill Preserve
Saturday, May 22, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of identifying common birds. This is the first of a 2-part series designed to get you started in the fascinating world of birding. Registration includes both Zoom and in-the-field sessions listed above. This class will be led by MHLC Advisory Council member Ginny Carter and MHLC Conservation Director Sarah Walsh.

Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited.

Register for Intro Classes!

Beginning Birding 2: Let’s Get Started!

Zoom Lesson
Tuesday, May 25, 7 -7:45 p.m.
&
Private MHLC Easement in Rensselaerville
Sunday, May 30, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Now that you’ve got the basics, let’s take a deeper dive! Sign-up for this second set of classes with Ginny Carter and Sarah Walsh. Registration includes both sessions listed above. We will go over additional techniques for identifying birds in our Zoom session and then head out in the field on Sunday. Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited.

If you missed the first session, you can still join us for Beginning Birding 2. 

Register for Part 2 Classes!

 

 


Darter by Eric Lind

Stream Sampling
Co-hosted by Audubon
Bozen Kill Preserve
Saturday, May 29 from 9 – 11 a.m.

The sparkling flow and pleasing sounds of freshwater streams not only create some of the most inviting places to be in our preserves, they also host fascinating populations of fishes and other organisms that thrive only in clear, cool waters. Audubon’s Eric Lind will be leading a hands-on exploration and workshop about this easily-overlooked and vulnerable biological community.

Based at the Audubon New York state office in Albany, Eric’s primary role is to advance the practice of conservation through the intersection of education, engagement, and action. Eric has years of experience in field research, habitat restoration, aquatic studies, and environmental impact review. He is also an award-winning conservation photographer and avid outdoor enthusiast.

Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited. 

Register!

 


Invasive Dame’s Rocket found at Fox Preserve

Botany Walk with Invasives ID
Fox Preserve
Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Fox Preserve is tucked between homes and the bike path and exhibits diverse habitats like an old field, marsh, and a hilltop oak forest above the ravine of Shaker Creek. You can also enjoy views of the Mohawk River and beyond!  Join Laura Lehtonen and Steve Young on a hike to identify plants of early summer.  June 6-12th is New York’s eighth annual “Invasive Species Awareness Week” so bring your smartphone and learn how to use the app “iMapInvasives” as you learn some of the most common invasive plant species that MHLC manages. You can be part of a community science project to map invasives and help preserve our native flora!

Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited. 

Register!

 


Heldeberg Workshop Amphibian & Botany Hike 2019

Amphibian Exploration
Heldeberg Workshop
Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Workshop property is well known for its natural resource values that make the Helderberg Escarpment so ecologically and geologically significant. These lands have been identified as a biodiversity “hotspot,” with records of many other animals and plants of conservation concern. Join MHLC and Al Breisch of the Heldeberg Workshop to explore the variety of amphibians living on the Workshop lands. You will also learn about some of the interesting plant species found there.

Masks and social distancing are required during this event and registration will be limited.

Register!

 

 


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 guidelines for the latest recommendations on containing the virus. We are limiting registration for better social distancing– register early to reserve your spot!

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

 

2020 Summer Hike-a-thon Scavenger Hunt: CLICK HERE to read more and view the gnome photos!

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