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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Event Name

Date

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.

For additional questions or if you don’t have access to email, call Fran Egbert at 518-674-3214 or the RPA office at 518-712-9211.

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

 

 

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

This outing has been cancelled due to the predicted cold temperatures and high winds.

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

For additional questions or if you don’t have access to email, call Fran Egbert at 518-674-3214 or the RPA office at 518-712-9211.

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

 

Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Winter Snowshoe/Hike Series–Albert Family Community 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! 

We’ll snowshoe if conditions allow, or hike if not, through RPA’s Albert Family Community Forest in East Nassau. We’ll follow several newly completed trails in this beautiful and historic place, skirting a long cascade, old stone walls, a long-abandoned homesite, and a large wetland. The trails will be approximately 3-4 miles but we may have to snowshoe into the Forest to access them, adding .5 mile distance. Trails are rocky, steep, and might be muddy and slippery in places. We’ll also be crossing a brook down a ravine over mossy and possibly wet rocks. If it’s icy participants will need cleats or microspikes.

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 Peter Wood

For additional questions or if you don’t have access to email, call Fran Egbert at 518-674-3214 or the RPA office at 518-712-9211.

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Winter Snowshoe/Hike Series–Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve

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 the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve! Please arrive by 9:45 so we can start the trail at 10. We’ll hike for 2 hours. There will may be some semi-steep up and down. Wear hiking books. Bring your snowshoes, micro spikes or snow cleats, and hiking poles; we’ll decide that morning whether or not to use them. Dress in layers, bring water and a snack. We should see lovely ice formations along the creek and animal tracks.

To Register:
E-mail: Marcy Steinberg

For additional questions or if you don’t have access to email, call Fran Egbert at 518-674-3214 or the RPA office at 518-712-9211.

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

 

Important: Winter hiking requires proper equipment and gear for conditions: warm layered clothing, spikes/cleats/snowshoes for ice or snow, the willingness and ability to climb steep slopes and negotiate uneven, rocky, icy, wet, or muddy terrain. Please read the full description before joining an outing and contact the trip leader to register.

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Winter Snowshoe/Hike Series–RLT's Robert Ingalls Nature Preserve

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! 

Winter wonderland snowshoeing or hiking through the Rensselaer Land Trust’s Robert Ingalls Preserve. We’ll travel along the Black Brook and look for signs of a mink hunting or perhaps river otter slides, and fisher and bobcat tracks in the uplands. As always, be ready for snow or ice, and rocks, roots, and mud. About 2.5 miles.

To Register:
E-mail Peter Wood

For additional questions or if you don’t have access to email, call Fran Egbert at 518-674-3214 or the RPA office at 518-712-9211.

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

Important: Winter hiking requires proper equipment and gear for conditions: warm layered clothing, spikes/cleats/snowshoes for ice or snow, the willingness and ability to climb steep slopes and negotiate uneven, rocky, icy, wet, or muddy terrain. Please read the full description before joining an outing and contact the trip leader to register.

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Winter Snowshoe/Hike Series–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! 

Snowshoe or hike through the Grafton Forest. A serious snowshoe or hike through different places in this 1,000 plus acre, recent RPA acquisition. We’ll snowshoe on old log skidder roads, bushwhack along a cascade to wetlands, and take in a spectacular view north and west over the Tomhannock Reservoir. A serious snowshoe/hike, 5-6 miles, up and down, brush, rocks, roots, maybe mud. Not for the faint of heart or hamstring.

To Register:
E-mail Peter Wood

For additional questions or if you don’t have access to email, call Fran Egbert at 518-674-3214 or the RPA office at 518-712-9211.

$5 donation collected the day of the outing.

Important: Winter hiking requires proper equipment and gear for conditions: warm layered clothing, spikes/cleats/snowshoes for ice or snow, the willingness and ability to climb steep slopes and negotiate uneven, rocky, icy, wet, or muddy terrain. Please read the full description before joining an outing and contact the trip leader to register.

Saturday, Mar 3, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Clearwater Sail 8:45am-12pm

2011 10 18 14 45 54 659

 

Clearwater sails rain or shine, and so will we!

Departing from Riverfront Park

Please arrive no later than 8:45 am.

Join us aboard an authentic working Tall Ship – the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. This three-hour sail on the beautiful Hudson River will include dockside orientation before departure, Clearwater's history, wildlife observation, education, even a chance at steering the ship. Music by the crew and sing-a-longs. Refreshments available at the dock.
Clearwater is a 106 foot long wooden sailboat, with one 108 foot tall mast. In the 1800's such boats were a common sight on the Hudson and Long Island Sound; now, ships like Clearwater are a rare sight.

This is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Limited 50 tickets, $150/pp.


Purchase your tickets HERE.

You will help to sail her: raising the mainsail and taking a turn at her tiller. The best way to ensure that your sail is enjoyable is to be prepared for what you'll encounter on a real, working tall ship.

There is also an Afternoon Sail 1:45 - 5.


What to Wear:
Clearwater sails rain or shine with the exception of severe weather, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.
If there's even a small chance of rain, bring rain gear.
If it's cold wear clothing in layers, with a warm coat, sweater, long pants, scarf, and hat.
If the day is warm, bring a light jacket or windbreaker; it's often colder on the water than on land.
If it's sunny, a brimmed hat, high SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses should be worn.
Wear flat, soft-soled shoes. No clogs, flip flops or high heels should be worn onboard.
In any weather, make sure you wear clothing you can easily move around in and don't mind getting dirty.

What to Bring:
Hydration is extremely important while sailing; we strongly suggest bringing a re-useable water bottle.
You will not eat lunch onboard, but are welcome to bring a snack.
If you'd like to bring a camera, you may. It is important to always be aware of what is going on around you and note that there are appropriate times to take photos.

What NOT to Bring:
We encourage you to leave the following items at home:
For the safety of you and your devices, cell phones, iPods, portable music devices, and tablets should not be taken onboard. They are easily broken and can be distracting.
Headphones prevent passengers from hearing important information or directions from the captain and crew.
Backpacks can be bulky and often get in the way.

Bathrooms:
Many of the docks have facilities available on site and you are encouraged to use them before boarding the boat. Clearwater's head, or boat toilet, is rustic; more like an outhouse than a bathroom. There is a barrel of wash water for hand washing on deck.

Safety:
You are in good hands when onboard! Clearwater's professional crew has been selected to combine the talents of a competent sailing team with those of a trained education staff. It is important to listen closely to the captain, crew and to your teachers, and to always follow the basic safety rules outlined at the beginning of your sail.
For answers to other frequently asked questions visit us at www.Clearwater.org

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Clearwater Sail 1:45pm-5pm

2011 10 18 14 45 54 659

 

Clearwater sails rain or shine, and so will we!

Departing from Riverfront Park

Please arrive no later than 1:45 pm.

Join us aboard an authentic working Tall Ship – the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. This three-hour sail on the beautiful Hudson River will include dockside orientation before departure, Clearwater's history, wildlife observation, education, even a chance at steering the ship. Music by the crew and sing-a-longs. Refreshments available at the dock.
Clearwater is a 106 foot long wooden sailboat, with one 108 foot tall mast. In the 1800's such boats were a common sight on the Hudson and Long Island Sound; now, ships like Clearwater are a rare sight.

This is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Limited 50 tickets, $150/pp.


Purchase your tickets HERE.

You will help to sail her: raising the mainsail and taking a turn at her tiller. The best way to ensure that your sail is enjoyable is to be prepared for what you'll encounter on a real, working tall ship.

There is also a Morning Sail from 8:45-12.


What to Wear:
Clearwater sails rain or shine with the exception of severe weather, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.
If there's even a small chance of rain, bring rain gear.
If it's cold wear clothing in layers, with a warm coat, sweater, long pants, scarf, and hat.
If the day is warm, bring a light jacket or windbreaker; it's often colder on the water than on land.
If it's sunny, a brimmed hat, high SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses should be worn.
Wear flat, soft-soled shoes. No clogs, flip flops or high heels should be worn onboard.
In any weather, make sure you wear clothing you can easily move around in and don't mind getting dirty.

What to Bring:
Hydration is extremely important while sailing; we strongly suggest bringing a re-useable water bottle.
You will not eat lunch onboard, but are welcome to bring a snack.
If you'd like to bring a camera, you may. It is important to always be aware of what is going on around you and note that there are appropriate times to take photos.

What NOT to Bring:
We encourage you to leave the following items at home:
For the safety of you and your devices, cell phones, iPods, portable music devices, and tablets should not be taken onboard. They are easily broken and can be distracting.
Headphones prevent passengers from hearing important information or directions from the captain and crew.
Backpacks can be bulky and often get in the way.

Bathrooms:
Many of the docks have facilities available on site and you are encouraged to use them before boarding the boat. Clearwater's head, or boat toilet, is rustic; more like an outhouse than a bathroom. There is a barrel of wash water for hand washing on deck.

Safety:
You are in good hands when onboard! Clearwater's professional crew has been selected to combine the talents of a competent sailing team with those of a trained education staff. It is important to listen closely to the captain, crew and to your teachers, and to always follow the basic safety rules outlined at the beginning of your sail.
For answers to other frequently asked questions visit us at www.Clearwater.org

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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CANCELLED--13th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up


Tomhannock Cleanup 4.25.15 by Trix Niernberger

To ensure our community stays safe during these uncertain times brought on by COVID-19 we are cancelling this year's Tomhannock Reservoir Clean-Day.

Meet at the NYS DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir. Bring gloves and wear weather appropriate shoes and clothing.  We will work regardless of the weather. Garbage bags are provided.

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER BY CLICKING

HERE

Or contact Bob Crowley, RLT Board Member, at 518-283-7364 (land line) or E-mail

Link to the 2018 Shoreline Clean-up efforts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB4hMj1uteE

 

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT), City of Troy, and NYSDEC.

Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Featherweald Nature Preserve Public Opening

Featherweald Nature Preserve is a 44-acre protected area owned, created, and maintained by the Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and generous volunteers. We invite you to walk our two miles of woodland trails, look up to the treetops to see the great blue heron rookery, and enjoy the seasonal views of the Hoosic River.

11:15: Brief welcome and ribbon cutting ceremony.
11:30 a.m.: Small guided tours will begin on the half hour throughout the afternoon.
 
Social Distancing and face masks are required.
 
Address: 187 County Route 59, Cambridge, NY 12816. Parking available at the parking lot near the preserve's road sign.
 
Featherweald was donated to RLT in 2018 by Ms. Lisa Lindquist, Ms. Ilse Godfrey, and Mr. Craig Johnson in memory of their parents, Kenneth and Nancy Johnson. The couple lived near the property for many years and enjoyed studying its animals and plants. The property was donated to RLT in order to protect biodiversity on the property and to honor Kenneth and Nancy Johnson’s long-time enjoyment of the property and commitment to sharing its wonders. RLT has named the property “Featherweald,” the name bestowed by the Johnson family.
 
Ecology
The property is important as one of several large parcels in the area that sustain regionally-important features of high conservation value for northern Rensselaer County and southern Washington County. A total of 230 species of biota have been observed at Featherweald Preserve including 171 plants, 54 animals, and five fungi.
 
Bird Watching
The preserve offers excellent bird watching opportunities. Nineteen species have been observed on or near the property, including great blue heron, black-billed cuckoo, red-shouldered hawk, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and pileated woodpecker, among many others. In addition, the state-rare bald eagle is known to nest not far downstream from the property.
Great blue heron is the most abundant bird species at the preserve. Heron nests are located in tall trees, mostly red oaks and red maples along the eastern boundary of the preserve. These trees have a wide girth and wide spreading crowns. Many of them contain multiple nests per tree, some with at least four nests. More than 20 nests and 30 individuals have been identified. The walking trail courses near many of the trees with heron nests and the birds can be seen from the ground below.
 
Limited Public Visitation During the Heron’s Breeding Season:
A key component of managing the property is balancing public recreation on the land with protecting the heron rookery, especially during the breeding season. Because heron nesting sites can be abandoned when disturbance is high, RLT has created a rookery buffer zone and limited visitation during the February to August breeding season to “research only” activities
Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Winter Walk at Kinderhook Creek Preserve, East Nassau

Experience Rensselaer Land Trust’s popular Kinderhook Creek Preserve in winter! The Preserve’s wide, smooth trails are perfect for snowshoeing, and if there’s not enough snow, we’ll enjoy a hike. We’ll pass through dark hemlock glades, walk along the icy Kinderhook Creek, and view glacier-carved rocky crags. This walk will cover about three miles, and will include a few steep up and down sections. Dress appropriately for the weather with extra layers that can be taken off or added as needed. Microspikes or traction devices may be needed if trails are icy. Bring water/hot drink and snacks. Some snowshoes and poles may be available for those who need them, by advance arrangement.

Due to current public health mandates, registration is limited to 9 people. Masks are required, and participants from separate households are encouraged to stay six feet apart. Do not attend if you are not feeling well.

Registration in advance is Required

To register e-mail Peter Wood (trip leader) at peterrmapleacres@gmail.com.

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Winter Walk at Robert Ingalls Preserve, Stephentown

A winter walk through Rensselaer Land Trust’s compact but diverse jewel will take us along the sparking Black Brook, across a field of glacial erratics, and past evidence of people’s efforts long ago to wrest a living from this rocky land. We may also see evidence of river otter. We will snowshoe or hike as conditions warrant; microspikes or traction devices may be needed if trails are icy. We’ll walk about two miles with some steep slopes, negotiating rocky and uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for the weather with extra layers that can be taken off or added as needed. Bring water/hot drink and snacks. Some snowshoes and poles may be available for those who need them, by advance arrangement.

Due to current public health mandates, registration is limited to 9 people. Masks are required, and participants from separate households are encouraged to stay six feet apart. Do not attend if you are not feeling well.

Registration in Advance is Required
To register e-mail Peter Wood (trip leader) at peterrmapleacres@gmail.com.

Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tracking Wildlife with Josh Wood at Kinderhook Creek Preserve, East Nassau -- sold out

SOLD OUT

We will focus on learning key characteristics in track identification, and begin to unravel various track patterns and how they correspond to the way the animal was moving, providing us with insight into its behavior and a window into its life. We will also look at other types of animal sign, gaining an increased awareness of the wildlife that surrounds us. Josh Wood is the Program Director of Flying Deer Nature Center in East Chatham. He’s an avid tracker, naturalist and wilderness skills mentor. He leads a monthly tracking club in the East Chatham area.

Dress appropriately for the cold with extra layers that can be taken off or added as needed, keeping in mind there will be periods of inactivity while looking at a track. Depending on snow/ice conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be needed. Bring water/hot drinks, snacks, and hand/feet warmers.

Due to current public health mandates, registration is limited to 9 people. Masks are required. Do not attend if you are not feeling well.

Program fee is $20

Advance Registration is Required online at this link, or contact 518-659-5263.

Saturday, Mar 6, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Socially Distanced Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up


Tomhannock Cleanup 4.25.15 by Trix Niernberger

13th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up

We need you! The Tomhannock Reservoir provides drinking water to more than half the people in Rensselaer County. To celebrate Earth Day, RLT organizes an annual trash pick-up day to help keep it clean. This year, to allow social distancing, volunteers will cover a section of shoreline on their own or with their household/bubble. Come to the NYS DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir anytime between 9 and noon to get your garbage bags and location assignment. Bring gloves and wear weather appropriate shoes and clothing and a facemask. We will work regardless of the weather. Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT), City of Troy, and NYSDEC.

Due to current COVID-19 public health mandates, participants from separate households are encouraged to stay six feet apart and masks are required. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. 

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER BY CLICKING

HERE

Or contact Bob Crowley, RLT Board Member, at 518-283-7364 (land line) or E-mail

The plan for the Day:

1. Arrive at the DEC parking lot on the west side of the Reservoir and time between 9-noon.

2. DO NOT GET OUT OF YOU CAR. Pick up a supply of trash bags and a map of the Reservoir (if needed).

3. Cross the causeway and turn left onto Reservoir Road.

4. STRAND OF ORANGE TAPE MARK THE SPOTS NEEDING CLEANUP. PICK A SPOT AND GET TO WORK.

5. Feel free to remove trash from both sides of the road and the waterfront wherever safe and feasible.

6. Leave the bags of trash near the tape.

7. Accept the thanks of the City of Troy, Rensselaer Land Trust, AND everyone who gets water from the Tomhannock Reservoir for your volunteer effort!!!

 

Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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RLT Open House at AHET's Nassau Lake Trailhead

Stop by to say hello to RLT Board members and staff at the Schodack/Nassau Lake Trailhead -- RLT's trailhead on the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET), the recently completed walk/bike trail from East Greenbush to Hudson. We'll be there greeting visitors and sharing information about the AHET and other RLT - related projects. The Schodack/Nassau Lake Trailhead is located at County Route 7, Nassau, NY 12123. To view on map click HERE. The "P" above marker 19 is where we will be. NY State has a COVID-19 Advisory for the public trail system, to learn more click HERE.

Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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10th Anniversary - Staalesen Preserve in Troy

Join us for the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Staalesen Preserve in Troy with a special neighborhood open house. We’ll be sharing stories of the first decade of the preserve, giving tours, and talking about volunteer projects for community members. We’ve made some trail improvements there recently including adding two bridges and a stone walkway over a stretch of wet ground near the Wynantskill. With the generous help of many volunteers we’re also working on removing invasive plants from the preserve. Please join us for the open house.

The main entrance to the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve is in South Troy off Campbell Avenue at the end of Wynantskill Way in the Vanderheyden Estates residential development. Parking is available on-site.

 

The rain date is Sunday, June 27.

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Palmer Road Preserve Re-opening

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of Palmer Road Preserve in Schodack, NY. The 57-acre property was transferred to Rensselaer Land Trust upon the voluntary dissolution of the Schodack Area Land Trust in late 2020. On Saturday, July 31 from 10 am to 11 am Rensselaer Land Trust will hold a public re-opening ceremony. The land trusts invites the community to join them as they celebrate this special place.

Located in a residential community near Miller Road in Schodack, the property features an extensive walking trail system. The entrance to Palmer Road Preserve is located just beyond the cul-de-sac at the end of Thoroughbred Drive. The Preserve features a 1-mile loop trail system. Hiking, birdwatching, and other forms of passive recreation are permitted and encouraged.

Rensselaer Land Trust protects the open spaces, watersheds and natural habitats of New York’s capital region for the benefit of our communities and future generations. For 34 years, RLT has conserved important lands in our area through voluntary land protection agreements and land donations and purchases with conservation-minded landowners. To learn more visit: www.renstrust.org.

Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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 dykenpond@gmail.com.

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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