8th Annual Oktoberfest Benefit Event Hosted by Brown's Brewing Co. PDF Print
Sunday, September 6, 2015 11:06 am

Oktoberest LogoSupport Rensselaer Land Trust by coming to Brown's Brewing Co.'s
8th Annual Oktoberfest Benefit event. Enjoy Great food, great music, great cheer and best of all, great cause!


Advance purchase: $15
Day of Oktoberfest: $20

Buy your tickets early and save by clicking here.

Doors open at noon.
Flood Road: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chilly Nickels: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Eastbound Jesus: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                                                    

Beer and food sold separately. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Volunteers are needed for two shifts either for 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Duties may include setting up, covering admission desks, selling 50/50 raffle tickets, or clean-up. Anyone who volunteers will be admitted free to Oktoberfest and enjoy the festivities while helping make this event a success. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. E-mail Julie Moore to sign up for a shift or learn more.

Rensselaer Land Trust Opens Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve PDF Print
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:48 pm


On October 5, over 100 people attended the Rensselaer Land Trust's official opening of its Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in East Nassau. The 73-acre preserve was created by donations of four properties from David and Lucy Gaskell, Bob and Jennifer Newton, the late Kenneth York, and the Edward W. Golden Foundation. David and Lucy, Bob and Jennifer, Ken York's three daughters, and Ted Guterman of the Golden Foundation opened the preserve not by cutting a ribbon, but by "cutting" a garland made with pine boughs. Remarks by the donors were highlighted by Wendy Brigg's touching remembrance of her father Ken York's love of nature. All the donating families share the same vision and love of their land and the desire to provide a natural place for both people and wildlife to enjoy forever. This new preserve is a good example of how land conservation by a private organization benefits the entire community.

Also presenting remarks at the opening event were David Fleming, Jr., Supervisor of the Town of Nassau, Mitch Levinn, Mayor of the Village of East Nassau, and Mike Moore, area representative of Governor Cuomo. Mike read a letter from Governor Cuomo which said in part, "The Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve is a wonderful addition to the community, incorporating a system of marked trails through picturesque wooded areas and highlighted by a half mile of shoreline along the Kinderhook Creek, a renowned trout stream. This is a meaningful day for the Nassau community and its local residents whose significant donations of land will be appreciated by future generations."

The preserve has four miles of trails, ½ mile of river frontage, steep hills, mature forest, and wildlife habitat. There is no charge to visit the preserve and Rensselaer Land Trust welcomes the public for fishing, hiking, skiing, geocaching, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and nature study.

Additional support for creating the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve and making it ready for public access came from the Town of Nassau, Greg Gaskell, and the New York Conservation Partnership Program, a partnership of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.

The Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve is located at 300 Martha Hicks Road, Nassau, NY. More information, directions, and trail maps are available here.

Call for Volunteers for the 2016 Outings Committee PDF Print
Sunday, September 6, 2015 1:12 pm


The Rensselaer Land Trust is looking for volunteers for its 2016 Outings Committee. The Outings Committee plans and coordinates the Land Trust's annual schedule of hikes, paddles, history walks, workshops, and presentations. We are looking to develop new outings and to continue our favorite outings from past years, and for new ways to get the word out about our outings. Outings Committee volunteers get to explore new places and events, to meet local experts and fellow outdoors enthusiasts, and to introduce people to Rensselaer County's special places. Many of the Land Trust's members' first learned of us by attending one of our outings.

We are asking each Outings Committee volunteer to attend one or two meetings, conduct some communication by e-mail, to be responsible for two to three outings during the year, and to serve as backup for other committee volunteers if last minute changes are necessary. Volunteers will get lots of support from me and other Land Trust Directors. Please join me in developing a great outings calendar for 2016. You can contact me at 674-3214 or by e-mail.

                    -- Fran Egbert, Outings Committee Chair

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