Saturday, August 24: Guided Night Hike to Mount Beacon

Please join us for A guided night hike to Mount Beacon with arachnologist Dr. Stephanie Loria on Saturday, August 24.

RESERVATIONS: This event is FREE! However, we have limited spaces available. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to metropolitannaturalhistory@gmail.com to make a reservation. Facebook and Meetup ''attendance" will NOT be considered as a reservation.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Mount Beacon is a beautiful hilltop in the Hudson Valley. Our evening will begin with a moderate, brisk 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 7:41 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!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This event includes a moderate brisk hike to the summit and then hiking back down in the dark. If you have any questions related to the difficulty of the hike, please write to us by replying to this email.

CONFIRMED ATTENDEES: Confirmed attendees should read the information carefully below. 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.

Depart Grand Central at 2:45 PM
Arrive Beacon 4:17 PM

Depart Beacon at 10:03 PM
Arrive Grand Central at 11:43 PM

If you are driving, please meet at the Beacon Station at 4:17 PM to walk with the group over to the trailhead OR you can meet us at the Beacon trailhead (called 'Scenic Hudson Parking Lot' on Google Maps) by 5:10 PM. If you need to find us please call 917 809-9422.

WHAT TO BRING: 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 postponed.


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. in 2011 at Sewanee: The University of the South and completed her Ph.D. in 2015 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, a postdoc in the Arachnology Lab at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and a visiting researcher at the Centrum für Naturkunde at the Universität Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Loria's research focuses on the diversity and evolution of scorpions and millipedes and she has traveled across the globe for fieldwork and to work with historic collections in natural history museums.

NB: A 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 website, PLEASE 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.
We hope to see you there!