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Explore Our Woods, Waters, and Fields

Become a Rensselaer Naturalist this Year!

A joint program with the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

Kate Lovering after work walk

As you wander through the woods have you ever wanted to identify the mysterious bird call from the tree tops, or the tree with the paper like bark, or the ferns and growing in the squishy bog floor?

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Learning Goals
At each outing in the series you will learn about a specific aspect of the natural history of Rensselaer County, such as birds, wildflowers, trees, and bogs. There will be a learning goal related to each of the outing’s topic; for example, learn 10 birds, or learn 10 wildflowers, or learn about what makes a bog a bog.

Whether you’re a beginner or already have experience with a given topic, you’ll learn something new from a Rensselaer Naturalist program. Participants will be provided with resources to review before each outing, and a list of resources for further exploration.

Open to All
The series is open to adults and teens. There is an option of earning a customized Rensselaer Naturalist patch! For participants who complete learning goals for at least eight of the Rensselaer Natural Series programs they will receive a patch.

Online Registion
To register follow the links for each program listed below.

Naturalist Series Resources

Click HERE for learning resources.

 

SPRING • SUMMER SCHEDULE

4/14 • 1–4 pm: Amphibian Walk at Poestenkill Community Forest. Leader: Jeff Briggs. Register HERE.

4/27 • 7 am–10 am: Birds and Bird Song at Poestenkill Community Forest. Leader: Jim de Waal Malefyt. Register HERE.

5/11 • 9 am–noon: Invasive Plants Program and Workday with Capital Mohawk PRISM at Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve, Troy. Leader: Joe Durkin, no fee. Register HERE.

5/18 • 10 am–1 pm: Spring Wildflowers at RPI Tech Park, North Greenbush. Leader: Tom Phillips. Register HERE.

6/1 • 1 pm–4 pm: Wetland Plants/Ecology at Quacken Kill Marsh in Grafton. Leader: David Hunt and David Gaskell. Register HERE.

6/8 • 9 am–1 pm: Old Growth Forests at Wyomanock Center for Sustainability. Leader: David Hunt. Register HERE.

6/22 • 9:30–11:30 am: Trees at Kinderhook Creek Preserve. Leader: Dave Hart and David Gaskell. Register HERE.

7/13 • 9 am–Noon: Geology at Kinderhook Creek Preserve Leader: Bill Kelley and David Gaskell. Register HERE.

7/14 • 10 am–1 pm: Ferns and Mosses at Poestenkill Community Forest. Leader: Tom Phillips. Register HERE.

7/20 • 1–4 pm: Peatlands/Bogs (site to be announced). Leader: David Hunt. Register HERE. Register HERE.

7/27 • 9 am–3 pm: Invasive Species/Peatland Restoration workday at Wyomanock Center for Sustainability. Leader: David Hunt, no fee. Register HERE.

8/10 • 7–8:30 pm: Annual Hudson River Fish Count at Schodack Island State Park. Leader: Fran Martino, no fee.

8/ 17 • 10 am: Field and Meadow Plants at Grafton Lakes State Park. Leader: Rich Ring

8/24 • 10 am–Noon: Mushroom Walk with John Wheeler. Contact: Marcy Steinberg, extra fee.

9/28 • 10 am–Noon: Mushroom Walk with John Wheeler. Contact: Marcy Steinberg, extra fee.

10/19 • 10 am–Noon: Mushroom Walk for Beginners.
                    1–3 pm: Learn to Key Mushrooms, Intermediate. Leader: Sue Van Hook, extra fee.

 

 

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