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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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.

Edible Plants Registration

 

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.

Wayfinding Hike Registration

 

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.

Plant ID Registration

 

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.

Bumblebees Hike Registration

 

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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.

Mushroom Hike Registration

 

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.

Backcountry Hike Registration

 

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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