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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Botanical Illustration
Normans Kill West Preserve
Sunday, October 10 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Grab your sketchbook and pencils and join MHLC’s Carrie Stickan for a lesson on achieving accuracy in your drawings. We’ll enjoy a short hike on the preserve and then learn a few basic tricks and techniques to make your drawings more life-like. ALL skill levels are welcome! Bring your own supplies or you can try some watercolors we provide.


Fringed Gentian by Jeff Nadler

Fringed Gentian Walk
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 25 at 10 am – 12 pm (back-up date of Tuesday, Sept. 28 or Oct. 5)

Take a stroll through the beautiful Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve to see the stunning blooms of the fringed gentian plant. You will learn all about this elusive plant from hike leader Jeff Leon, the landowner and preserve steward of Strawberry Fields. NOTE: The fringed gentian begins to bloom in mid- to late September and will only open when the sun is shining. Our gathering will be dependent on the weather. Once you are registered, we will keep you posted via email. If our first date looks cloudy, then we will hold until the following week.



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

Registration is now open for our biggest event of the year. This year, our celebration will be in person at a special outdoor location in Altamont! Click below for additional event details, Honorary Committee information, and sponsorship opportunities.

Our silent auction opens on September 20! Click below for the auction link.



Chalk the Walk
Saturday, October 2  from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mark your calendar for Art on the Rail Trail’s 4th annual chalk art contest! The event will begin with a family-friendly chalk art contest on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail (Behind the Stewart’s Shop at 309 Delaware Ave in Delmar), and the community will vote for winners on social media. Registration is $10.00 for a 3-foot by 3-foot square to chalk your own design on the trail.

The event will also feature Look & Learn: a discussion about Andrea Hersh’s untitled mural, commissioned by ART in 2017. Free and open to the public, the discussion will begin at noon on October 2, 2021, and will be led by art historian Charles Duncan. Please gather at the mural, located near the Rail Trail at the intersection of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue in Delmar. Come and explore and share your ideas as we learn about this major work of art that enhances the Rail Trail.

All proceeds from chalk square sales will benefit murals and artwork on the Rail Trail and are tax-deductible, as ART is a committee of the non-profit organization Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.



Let’s Explore!
Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary
NEW DATE: Sunday, October 17 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore the many wonders of the natural world found along the trails of this unique preserve. From the creek and pond to the sinkhole and old quarry, there are many features to discover at Hollyhock! This hike, guided by Thom Engel, will a deeper dive into the history and geology of the preserve. 


Wolf Hollow Road Walk
(Tentative event, check back for details)

Join MHLC Executive Director Mark King and George Shaw of Union College for a walk on Wolf Hollow Road. This exclusive tour will dive into the interesting geology and history of the land. Check back for additional details and registration! 

Full Moon Hike
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve
Saturday, November 20 from 4 – 7 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what the preserves are like at night? Well, now is your chance! Join us for a hike under the full moon with our guide and educator Christian Johnson to explore the trails in a new light– moonlight!  We’ll even hear a few short stories along the way to inspire you on this wondrous adventure. (We will be using red-light filters on our headlamps and flashlights on this hike.)



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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