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. We are resuming our events schedule in July. For upcoming events, we will limit registration for better social distancing– so register early to reserve your spot!

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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Annual Summer Hike-a-thon
Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19

Our Annual Summer Hike-a-thon is a fun-filled family event that takes place at multiple MHLC Preserves across the Capital Region. This year MHLC is hosting a special Summer Hike-a-thon Scavenger Hunt! Can you find the MHLC gnomes out on the trails? The gnomes will be hiding on the trails at each of our 19 preserves–email us a photo of yourself with the gnome to win an ice cream gift card courtesy of our Summer Hike-a-thon sponsor Stewart’s Shops. Please send photos to
(Note: This is an “on your own” activity, we will not be meeting in groups. Please be mindful of social distancing.)

Register to receive the scavenger hunt lists and clues for each of our preserves!



Print an MHLC Gnome to color!

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. (Recommended 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.

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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