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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Winter Snowshoe/Hiking Series-Gundrum Property–Grafton Forest

RLT and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to offer a winter snowshoe/hiking series. Stay warm this winter by getting out with others who love the outdoors as much as you do. Join us! 

Come celebrate the beginning of winter and the New Year (almost) with a hike or snowshoe through the recently acquired Gundrum property-Grafton Forest adjacent to the Pittstown State Forest. This stunning parcel of almost 1000 acres offers some of the best viewpoints on the Rensselaer Plateau and we will get to them along marked and mapped trails.

Overall distance will be 3 to 5 miles depending on conditions and speed of group but plan on 3-5 hours in the woods.  Full winter gear is required. Winter hiking requires proper equipment and gear for conditions: warm layered clothing, gloves, hat/balaclava, spikes/cleats/snowshoes for ice or snow, the willingness and ability to climb steep slopes and negotiate uneven, rocky, icy, wet, or muddy terrain. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and lunch.

To Register:
E-mail Fred DeMay

$5 donation collected the day of the hike.

Saturday, Dec 30, 2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Winter Snowshoe/Hike Series–Petersburg Pass to Berlin Mountain, Taconic Crest Trail.

RLT and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to offer a winter snowshoe/hiking series. Stay warm this winter by getting out with others who love the outdoors as much as you do. Join us! 

Hike part of the Taconic Crest trail in winter.  We'll go from Petersburg Pass (on Rt. 2) to Berlin Mountain (highest mountain in New York State not in the Catskills or Adirondacks) and back.  Overall distance will be about 6 miles and probably take about 4-5 hours (depending on snow depth and if trail is broken out).  Full winter gear is required. Winter hiking requires proper equipment and gear for conditions: warm layered clothing, gloves, hat/balaclava, spikes/cleats/snowshoes for ice or snow, the willingness and ability to climb steep slopes and negotiate uneven, rocky, icy, wet, or muddy terrain. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and lunch.

To register:
E-mail Michael Jensen

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Bird Language Workshop with Kevin Bose

At Dyken Pond Environmental Center

When we understand the vocalizations of birds, unseen happenings become more visible to us. As our awareness expands and our disturbance lessens, the fox, hawk and weasel hidden in the landscape are revealed. Instructor Kevin Bose has an endless supply of excitement for bird language, wild plants, tracks, and any other natural mystery. Kevin will give an introduction about bird language, then lead a “bird sit,” or bird language observation. Everyone’s observations will be combined to give a story of the land. Kevin sees nature connection as a powerful tool not only for bringing out an individual’s gifts, but also for rebuilding the “village” in the human community. Limited to 20 attendees, fee $15 or $10 for members of Friends of Dyken Pond or Rensselaer Land Trust. To pre-register, contact Lisa Hoyt at (518) 658-2055 or e-mail

Saturday, May 7, 2016 5:00 am - 8:00 am
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Riverkeeper Sweep Cleanup: Volunteer Day

Join us in our second annual Riverkeeper Sweep cleanup workday at our Staalesen Preserve expanded this year to include Burden Pond.  Workday is joint with City of Troy and PostContemporary. We will work regardless of weather.  Come for the whole day or a part of it.  To register, contact Joe Durkin at (518) 279-9870 or e-mail or Bob Crowley, (518) 283-7364 or e-mail.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 5:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Wildflower Hike with Tom Phillips through Mattison Hollow

Join us for the annual spring wildflower walk with Tom Phillips. We will hike toward the Taconic Crest on the Mattison Hollow Trail. Mattison Hollow has many interesting early spring flowers along a scenic stream with several small waterfalls. We’ll also listen and search for migrating song birds and warblers. We may also look for old charcoal kilns that are remnants of an old Rensselaer County industry. Meet at the Berlin Central School on Route 22 in Berlin at 1:00 p.m. where we will carpool to the trail head. The hike does involve moderately steep climbing so sturdy footwear, snacks and water are recommended. $5, members free. To register, contact Tom Phillips at his e-mail.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Fly Fishing for Women, with Trout Unlimited

Think fly fishing is just for men? Think again! In this hands-on workshop, learn the basics from an experienced fly fisherwoman. No experience required! Rods, reels, waders and flies provided. $10 non-members, $5 members of TroutsUnlimited or Rensselaer Land Trust. To register, contact Jenny Prazak, or 908-803-0247 (cell).

The only things that attendees should bring are:

  • Wading staff (a ski pole or walking stick can work too)
  • Hat
  • Polarized sun glasses (at the very least they must have eye protection)
  • Sun screen
  • Water and any snacks that they would like
  • Bug spray (if the bugs are out by then)
  • Fishing license (1 day licenses are available)
  • Reading or magnifying glasses if they need them
  • Belt (to be able to attach pole to when not needed)
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Spelunking at Bentley’s Cavern, Berlin

Never been spelunking? Here is your opportunity to see inside a local cave with expert guides. The event begins with a 1/2 mile hike up to Bentley’s Cavern, then a short drop into the entrance cavern, followed by a brief crawl through water to get to an inner chamber. Bring a LED headlamp, bicycle helmet, a light jacket and a complete change of clothes for entering the cave. Joint event with Northeastern Cave Conservancy and the Helderberg Hudson Grotto. To register, contact Rebecca Krakowiak (716) 939-8910  or


Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9:00 am
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Registration Closed--Mushroom Walk at Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve

This workshop is full.


Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will lead us into the woods at our Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in East Nassau. Participants will have a chance to develop their field skills in mushroom identification. Bring a basket or bag with stiff sides, a field knife or trowel, and a hand lens if you have one.  Registration fee $10/person.



Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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7th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse

This event is cosponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Friends of the Dyken Pond Center, and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area.

Join us for one or both days of our two-day Plateau Traverse Hike. Or come for just the morning or afternoon of either day. Become an end to ender. We will meet at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area at 7:30am on Saturday and take shuttle buses to our starting point just below the plateau escarpment and will spend the day hiking back to Pineridge (about 16 miles mostly on trails but with some bushwhacking). Participants are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. We will have a potluck dinner after the Saturday hike. We will leave Pineridge by 8am on Sunday to hike to the other half of the Plateau (about 16 miles on trails, logging roads and some bushwhacking). Shuttle buses will bring participants back to Pineridge at the end of the day. Note: we scout out new routes each year and will not know the exact route until Sept.



Advance registration required.
Deadline to register: Sept 23rd Register at 518 712-9211 or
$10 / day suggested donation to offset the fuel costs of shuttle buses.


Additional Information
A mix of trail conditions (flat, rocky, etc), logging roads and bushwhacking. Bushwhacking will be easy to moderate difficulty with a few short difficult areas. Trails may be muddy or wet depending upon weather conditions prior to the event.

Activities: We will pass views and historic sites including the opportunity to ascend the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower on Saturday morning. We will eat dinner and breakfast together Sat evening and Sun morning for those who are interested. We ask participants to bring something to share.
Additional Equipment Required: Day pack, water bottles, sturdy footwear.

Event Duration (hours): 8+ hours each day, 4 - 5 hours half day
Lunch Break: Yes
Bring your own lunch.
Difficulty: Difficult
Not suitable for children under age 14.
Length (miles): 15 - 17 per day(half day options each day)
Path: Returns to start
Boots Needed: Yes

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 7:50 am - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 6:00 pm
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Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynants Kill

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works.  Start at the former Burden Iron Works offices to hear from local historians and examine pictures and maps of the changing landscape.  Reconvene a short drive upstream at the parking area of the Burden Pond Environmental Park.  Then hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall and remnants of dams and infrastructure that supplied water power.  We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond.  We will finish at a historic church and vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like.


Register with Joe Durkin: (518) 279-9870

Hike distance and time; 2.5 miles out and back, 2 hours
Difficulty:  Moderate, some short hill climbs, dirt paths.



Meeting Place at 12:15 p.m.: Burden Iron Works Museum, 1 E Industrial Pkwy, Troy NY 12180

Meeting Place for part II of the Hike: Burden Pond Environmental Park, Corner Route 4/Mill St and Campbell Ave, Troy NY 12180

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 12:15 pm
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Fall Foliage Hike to the Dickinson Fire Tower

Join Grafton Lakes State Park’s Environmental Educator on a 3 mile round trip hike to this historic fire tower, recently restored by the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park.  Fall foliage and views of three states greet those who climb the eighty steps to the top.  The hike includes brief steep portions and uneven terrain over an old fire road, so hiking boots are recommended.  Pack water and a lunch to savor on the hilltop. Please pre-register: 518-279-1155


Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 10:30 am
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Hike to Berlin Mountain

Berlin Mountain, at 2798 feet, is the highest point in Rensselaer County, and its open summit provides wonderful views of the Taconics and of Mt. Greylock and the Berkshires. We’ll ascend from Greene Hollow in Petersburg via the old 1700’s Albany Road to Berlin Pass, hike along the Taconic Crest Trail to the summit, and descend via Southeast Hollow in Berlin.

This will be a moderately strenuous seven-mile hike with long steep uphill and downhill sections. Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Prepare for cool and windy conditions. Register: Nick Conrad at (518) 279-1963,


Sunday, Oct 23, 2016
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Snowshoe Hike at Ingalls Preserve

Join the Ingalls Preserve steward for a mid-winter trail walk along the brook and into the uplands. We’ll snowshoe if nature allows and walk otherwise, looking for signs of activity. If we’re lucky a barred owl may call or even fly overhead! Perhaps a short side trip to see the remnant of an old homestead, and some more speculation about the mysterious 9-foot square stone foundation. The trails may be icy or muddy, are steep and rocky in places, and we‘ll cover about 2.5 miles.

$5 and free for members.

To register Online Click HERE or

Call Peter Wood at 518-378-1361


Learn more about our Robert Ingalls Preserve HERE.

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 10:00 am
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Snowshoe Class at Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve

Want to gain confidence on your snowshoes?  Learn the best techniques and see the beauty of the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in winter. 

Limited to 10 people.  Cost $10 per person. 

Participants need to bring their own snowshoes. 

Class led by Adirondack Guide Fred McCagg. 

Register online HERE

Or call Peter Wood at 518-378-1361

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 10:00 am
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Hike from Common Farms to Barberville Falls

Rain date Sun., April 23

Join us for an Earth Day hike through the woods on private land protected under a conservation easement with Rensselaer Land Trust, onto the Barberville Falls Preserve of The Nature Conservancy to visit the 90-foot high waterfalls. Portions of the trail are steep and may be wet and slippery. Be prepared for a small stream crossing. $5 donation.

Register HERE

Contact Marcia Hopple 518-283-5353 or

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Geology Hike at RPI Tech Park


Geologist Chuck Porter will lead us on a hike through time on one of the recently revitalized RPI Tech Park trails. We'll explore this beautiful area with Chuck discussing the geological and glacial forces that created it. Shale, sandstone, clay, ravines, and waterfalls – we’ll walk on the bottom of ancient Lake Albany and the proto-Atlantic Ocean. This 2-mile hike will have some steep and perhaps muddy sections. 

$5 donation paid to outings leader the day of the event.

To register contact Peter Wood at 518-378-1361.


Meeting location:

Parking lot behind the:

SUNY Poly Children's Museum of Science and Technology
at 250 Jordan Road, Troy (North Greenbush).

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Birds and Brew – Hoosic River and Brown’s

Birds in full spring migration, followed by the finest locally brewed beer – a great combination! Join us as we see and hear a wide variety of spring birds along the Hoosic River Greenway trail in Hoosick Falls. Bring binoculars. Then we’ll head to North Hoosick to partake in the fine craft beers at Brown’s Brewing Company’s Taproom and Brewery.  Walk led by John Loz of the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, our co-sponsor. $5 donation.

To Register e-mail Nick Conrad

Directions to Meeting Location

The meeting location is in Hoosic Falls, NY at the very end of Water Works Road, behind the Little League baseball fields.

Take NYS Route 22 north towards the Village of Hoosic Falls.

As you cross over a curved bridge and approach downtown, take a right on to Fiske Street. There is a small "HRG Trail Access" sign pointing you down the street towards the trail head off of Water Works Road. Look for a white 'Audubon Event' sandwich board.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Wild Flower Walk at Bear’s Den Preserve   

Enjoy spring wildflowers, including uncommon ones, at the Rensselaer Land Trust’s Bear’s Den Preserve near Cherry Plain, NY. Tom Phillips, avid botanist, will help us find and identify the area’s wide variety of flowers. The walk will be a couple of miles long, with just one steep hill.

$5 donation.

To register e-mail Francille Egbert or call (518) 674-3214.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Taconic Crest Trail in One Year–Part I

We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail in six separate trips over several months. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through NY, MA, and a corner of VT, from near New Lebanon to North Petersburg, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet each of cumulative ascent and cumulative descent, views include the Little Hoosick Valley and Mount Greylock. Join us for one, some, or all of the sections. Those who complete the entire trail (with us and/or on their own), can receive a patch from the Taconic Hiking Club.

$5 donation per hike. Please register with listed contact. All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground.

Part I: Sat., May 20 • 9:00 a.m.
South end (Route 20 near New Lebanon) to Potter Road in Hancock, MA, 10.5 miles.
Register: e-mail Nick Conrad

This is our longest section, passing through Pittsfield State Forest and by Twin and Berry Ponds, and great views, ending with a long steep descent. Spring wildflowers abound.

For those aiming to complete the entire trail, there is a 2.1 mile section along roads between the Potter Road and Madden Road trailheads; this section can be hiked on your own, or before the following hike.

Part II: Sat., June 10 • 9:00 a.m.
Madden Road in Hancock, MA, to Robinson Hollow, Stephentown, NY (6 miles).
Register: e-mail Michael Jensen

This is our shortest section, but has a long steep ascent and descent at either end. The trail passes through hardwood forests, grassy knolls, and the only bench on the trail.

Part III: Sat., July 15 • 9:00 a.m.
Robinson Hollow in Stephentown to Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain (7 miles).
Register: Peter Wood: 518-378-1361

The Robinson Hollow access will be the starting point for our third leg on the Crest Trail, along aptly named Misery Mountain. Lots of elevation change here, on a less well known section of the trail. We’ll end by descending into amazing Mattison Hollow.

Part IV: Sat., August 12 • 9:00 a.m.
Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.2 miles).
Register: Peter Wood: 518-378-1361

We’ll start up Mattison Hollow, now threatened by logging, past towering hemlocks and white pines, brooks and waterfalls, and access the Crest Trail after an incredibly steep climb. Here the Crest Trail follows a narrower ridge, where at times you can see into valleys east and west. We’ll hike through a magical conifer forest and descend into beautiful Southeast Hollow.

Part V: Sat., September 9 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass in Petersburg to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.3 miles).
Register: e-mail Michael Jensen

Going north to south this time in order to start at Petersburg Pass’ higher elevation, the trail has some steep ascents on the way to the summit of Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet New York’s tallest peak outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Then through an uncommon spruce-fir forest and over some minor summits, and down Southeast Hollow.

Part VI: Sat., October 14 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass to north end in N Petersburg (7.9 miles)
Register: e-mail Nick Conrad

The Snow Hole, a deep crevice where snow and ice last well into the summer, is the highlight of this section. Also long views to the west and to the east into Vermont, white quartz, and a short stretch in Vermont, finishing with a long, steep descent to the north trailhead along Route 346.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00 am
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Weed Walk at John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Nature Preserve, Troy

Join David Chinery from Cornell Cooperative Extension on a natural vegetation and invasive species walk at our John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Nature Preserve. Learn to identify invasive plants and ways to combat them.

$5 donation.

Register HERE.

Or call 518-659-5263

Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10:00 am
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