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. 7/1/2020: Our events schedule has resumed with limited 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!

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 nineteen 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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Chalk the Walk! An ART on the Rail Trail Fundraiser
Saturday, September 26; 10 AM – 12 PM and 1 – 3 PM
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Bethlehem, NY

Join us for a chalk art contest on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail on Saturday, Sept 26, 2020. This family-friendly event, which has quickly become a community favorite, has been modified slightly this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, but the event will still be a lot of fun for creative chalk artists of all ages and abilities! There are 2 time slots available to help minimize crowding–participation is limited so be sure to reserve your square today!

Register for Chalk the Walk!


Plein Air Artist Gathering
The original event scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 1 – 4 PM has been modified: Kevin Kuhne will not be instructing, but we will still gather for an afternoon of art-making.

Spend the afternoon capturing the beautiful woodland interiors and stream views of the Van Dyke Preserve. We will gather as a group for a short hike, demonstration and instruction of techniques, and group critique. Please feel free to use your medium of choice!


Sowing Seeds Fundraiser: A Virtual Celebration
Thursday, October 1 at 6 PM

MHLC’s annual 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. This year we are meeting on Zoom with a special pick-up dinner option!


NEW! On Hollow Ground: an introduction to the caves and karst landscapes of Albany and Schoharie counties
Saturday, October 17 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, October 18)
Multiple locations; the trip will begin at Clarksville Cave

Join MHLC and Professor Michael Nardacci for an afternoon of geological wonder! The trip will serve as an introduction to the fascinating study of caves and the landscapes in which they form. Don’t forget your camera—there will be some amazing images to capture! Participants will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot for Clarksville Cave behind Jake Moon’s Restaurant on Rt. 443 in the village of Clarksville.  After a short hike to two of the cave entrances in the preserve, participants will travel in a caravan to several other sites, ending at the McFails Cave Preserve in Carlisle Center.

Not recommended for children under 10. Registration will be limited to 16 participants.

About the instructor: Michael Nardacci is an adjunct professor at Hudson Valley Community College and has taught Earth Science and Geology on both the college and high school levels. He a member of the National Speleological Society, the Cave Research Foundation, and the Cave Conservancy of Hawaii and has taught courses in cave exploring for the Heldeberg Workshop for many years.



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
with Ondatra Adventures

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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