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. 

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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.

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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.



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. 



National Trails Day – Bender Melon Farm
Saturday, June 5 from 9 AM to noon

Join us for National Trails Day! We will continue to work to build trails and clean up the property in preparation for an official trail opening. Limited to 15 people.

Sign up to volunteer!


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. 



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.



Honey Bees & Pollinators, co-hosted by ECOS
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve
Saturday, July 10 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore Strawberry Fields in search of pollinators. Learn more about these very important insects from our ECOS guide Cindy Elsenbeck. You’ll even get to see a working hive up close and take home instructions on making your own bee house.

Registration coming soon!

Summer Hike-a-thon Scavenger Hunt
Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops
All MHLC Preserves
Kicking off on Saturday, July 17 

This year we are hosting another on-your-own scavenger hunt for our Summer Hike-a-thon. Register in advance to receive a list of clues to locate the “Gnome Homes” at each of the MHLC Preserves. Take a selfie with the Gnome Home and send it to by July 30 to receive a Stewart’s ice cream gift card. The Gnome Homes will stay at the preserves all season long.

Registration coming soon!

Yoga in Nature
Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary
August (Date TBA) 

Check back for details and registration!

Forest Therapy Guided Walk
Holt Preserve
Sunday, August 15 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Join MHLC and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Diane Kavanaugh-Black for a relaxing stroll through the Holt Preserve. Forest therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. The walk will include several invitations for participants to engage more deeply with the specific natural environment. 

Registration coming soon!


Great Things Are on the Horizon
MHLC’s Annual Fundraiser
Thursday, September 30 at 5 p.m.

Save the date for our biggest event of the year. This year, our celebration will be in person at a special outdoor location! Additional event details, Honorary Committee information, and sponsorship opportunities will be posted soon.


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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