Guided Night Hike to Mount Beacon with arachnologist Dr. Stephanie Loria


Please join us for A guided night hike to Mount Beacon with arachnologist Dr. Stephanie Loria on Saturday, August 18. Mount Beacon is a beautiful hilltop in the Hudson Valley. Our evening will begin with a moderate, leisurely hike to the summit (500 m) of Mount Beacon from the train station (approximately 3 hrs from the Beacon train station to the summit). Once at the summit, we will rest and enjoy the beautiful sunset (approximately 7:50 PM) overlooking the Hudson Valley. As the sky darkens, we will slowly make our way back towards the train station observing the invertebrate night activity including some fluorescent millipedes, necrophagous beetles, and silk-trailing spiders. During the event, Dr. Loria will teach us about the ecology, biogeography and evolution of these terrestrial arthropods and show us how arthropods are collected and prepared for museum collections. So come and join us for this spectacular evening that will involve beautiful sunsets in the Hudson valley, web spinning, and fluorescence! 

This event is FREE! If you are interested in attending, please send an email to to make a reservation. Meetup and Facebook 'attendance' will not be considered as registration.

If you are not driving and would like to take the train with us please be at Grand Central by 2:30 PM and be sure to arrive with plenty of time to purchase your ticket. If you are driving, please meet us at the Beacon Station at 4:13 PM. If you need to find us please call 917 809-9422.


Depart Grand Central at 2:45 PM                                                                    Arrive Beacon 4:13 PM

Depart Beacon at 10:08 PM                                                                              Arrive Grand Central at 11:43 PM

Please bring a headlamp or torch, insect repellent and PLENTY OF WATER! Waivers will be emailed and must be signed by all participants. In the event of a thunderstorm, this event will be canceled.

NB: Our photographer will be taking photos of this event for our website. If you attend this event and do not wish to have your photo posted to our websitePLEASE let us know in your reservation and we will accommodate.

NB: By attending this event, you agree that The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Inc., its officers, its event organizers and leaders are in no way responsible for any injuries or property damage that occur during this event or travel to and from the event location. 


Dr. Stephanie Loria is president and co-founder of the MSNH and postdoctoral researcher in the Scorpion Systematics Research Group at the American Museum of Natural History. She received her B.S. at Sewanee: The University of the South, where she studied population genetics of cave millipedes and completed her Ph.D. at the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. Since completing her Ph.D., she served as an adjunct instructor at SUNY: College at Old Westbury and a postdoc in the Arachnology Lab at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Dr. Loria's research focuses on the diversity and evolution of Southeast Asian scorpions and millipedes. She has traveled across the globe for her research collecting scorpions and studying specimens in natural history museums. 

We hope to see you there!                                                                                  The Officers of the MSNH