Events

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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Earth Day Volunteer Morning: Bennett Hill Preserve Trailwork
Saturday, April 20, from 9 AM to 12 PM
Bennett Hill Preserve, Bennett Hill Road in Clarksville NY

Celebrate Earth Day by getting some dirt under your nails and some trail work under your belt! During this year’s Earth Day work session we will be building waterbars, installing culverts, and improving the most widely-visited MHLC preserve! Come early for snacks and please bring your own work gloves! Wear muck boots and pants. 


*In addition to registering for this volunteer opportunity with our event registration form, please e-mail our Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Sawyer Cresap at sawyer@mohawkhudson.org to let her know you will be attending and have filled out the online form.

Earth Day Exploration: Crafts, Storytime, and a Hike
Thursday, April 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM
Note location has changed:
Rail Trail at Hudson Ave & Adams Street Entrance, Bethlehem, NY

We’re teaming up with the Bethlehem Public Library to offer an exciting Earth Day Exploration for families! Join us at the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail for a short hike. We’ll pick up any litter we find and learn about the plants and animals that surround us.

Afterwards, we’ll enjoy an outdoor storytime, and make our own “sun photographs” to bring home a craft and memory from our day together.

Walking with Warblers: A Birding Hike with Rich Guthrie
Saturday, May 11 at 7 AM
Winn Preserve, Knox, NY

Join MHLC and Rich Guthrie for an early-morning bird hike at the beautiful Winn Preserve. Rich is a veteran birder and the resident avian expert for WAMC. This will be a stop, look, and listen saunter as we look for and listen to songbirds while taking in the flowers, geology, and history of the Helderberg Escarpment.

Walking with Warblers is suitable for experienced birders or novices- space is limited, so register early. Bring your binoculars!

Beginning Hiking with Ondatra Adventures (Couch to 46er Hike #1)
Sunday, May 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM
Bennett Hill Preserve, New Scotland, NY

In 2019, we are offering a three-part Couch to 46er series with Ondatra Adventures. These free hikes are perfect for new and novice hikers: on MHLC’s local nature preserves, we’ll walk you through the basics for a safe and fun experience in the outdoors! Take all three Couch to 46er hikes and sign up for our final day hike in the ADKs this September or pick and choose the hikes that will help you most.

Join Dave Muska, licensed NYS outdoor guide for this introductory class on hiking. Dave will share his tips and expertise concerning gear such as footwear and clothing, nutrition and hydration, as well as physical exercises to keep you primed for the trail. This class will also include a short hike through the beautiful Bennett Hill Preserve.

National Trails Day with MHLC: A Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, June 8
Holt Preserve, New Scotland, NY

Join MHLC for National Trails Day! We’ll do trail work and improve the trail system one of our most popular preserves: the Holt Preserve in New Scotland.
*In addition to registering for this volunteer opportunity with our event registration form, please e-mail our Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Sawyer Cresap at sawyer@mohawkhudson.org to let her know you will be attending and have filled out the online form.

Nature Journaling for the Whole Family
Saturday, June 8 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Bennett Hill Preserve, New Scotland, NY

Surround yourself with nature and take the time to record what you observe with your five senses! We’ll go for a short hike, make our own nature journals, and then learn how to record our findings in the journal. Our leader will share prompts and ideas to inspire you to connect with the world around you. All ages are welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rail Trail with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, June 22 from 1 PM to 4 PM
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Delmar, NY

It doesn’t take travelling 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 medicines 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!

We’ll meet in front of the MHLC office at 425 Kenwood Ave in Delmar and walk over to the Rail Trail together. Parking is available on the municipal parking lot on Adams St.

Wayfinding and Lostproofing with Ondatra Adventures
(Couch to 46er Hike #2)

Sunday, June 23 from 10 AM to 1 PM
Keleher Preserve, New Scotland, NY

In 2019, we are offering a three-part Couch to 46er series with Ondatra Adventures. These free hikes are perfect for new and novice hikers: on MHLC’s local nature preserves, we’ll walk you through the basics for a safe and fun experience in the outdoors! Take all three Couch to 46er hikes and sign up for our final day hike in the ADKs this September or pick and choose the hikes that will help you most.

Every year we read harrowing stories of hikers who’ve become lost in the forest. To complicate matters, this often happens during an intended day-hike. The truth is, its surprisingly easy to become confused about direction and location in the forest, but with a few simple skills you can ensure that a day-hike doesn’t turn into a headline. We will share basic map and compass skills along with other tips to keep you headed in the right direction.

Summer Plant ID Hike
Friday, July 12 at 9 AM

Fox Preserve, Colonie, NY

In recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week this walk will feature summer plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this preserve. This is a follow-up hike to our winter-time plant ID hike at Fox Preserve in March.

We will depart from the trailhead parking area located along the south side of River Road, approximately one-half mile east of its intersection with Buhrmaster Road.

Native Bumblebees and Pollinators Hike with the Xerces Society
Saturday, July 13 from 10 AM to 12 PM
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, Amsterdam, NY

Join Katie Hietala-Henschell, Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, for a walk at Strawberry Field Nature Preserve and learn how to identify some of our native bumble bees. She will lead a nature walk in search of bumble bees and other pollinators. 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.

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Summer Hike-a-thon
Saturday, July 20 at 10 AM
Location TBD

Join us for our annual Hike-a-thon! This fun, family-friendly summer event is designed to offer a wide variety of exciting outdoor adventures for participants of all ages, skill levels, and interests. We’ll give you a menu of FREE hikes to choose from: all you have to do is come and have fun! Stay tuned for more details on this annual favorite.

Wild Mushroom Walk with Ondatra Adventures
Saturday, August 3 from 1 PM to 4 PM
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Knox, NY

Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures to learn about the many mushrooms found in our forests. Dave will offer his knowledge on the ecological significance and many uses of the species of fungi found at Wolf Creek Falls Preserve as well as his personal stories of their use for food and medicine.

Backcountry Safety with Ondatra Adventures
(Couch to 46er Hike #3)

Sunday, August 4 from 10 AM to 1 PM
Bozen Kill Preserve, Altamont, NY

In 2019, we are offering a three-part Couch to 46er series with Ondatra Adventures. These free hikes are perfect for new and novice hikers: on MHLC’s local nature preserves, we’ll walk you through the basics for a safe and fun experience in the outdoors! Take all three Couch to 46er hikes and sign up for our final day hike in the ADKs this September or pick and choose the hikes that will help you most.

Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventure as we explore fundamental skills and tools wilderness safety. In this workshop you’ll be introduced to the skills necessary to keep yourself and loved ones safe in the forest and off trail. Dave will offer his knowledge and experience with skills such as shelter building, edible & medicinal plants, fire building, and more.

This great course is designed for hikers and backpackers who would like a baseline of skills.

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.

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.

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.

 

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