Conserving Land • Protecting Resources
Since 1987

As of January 1, 2024, the Rensselaer Land Trust has merged with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. For all questions regarding donations, events, land, or other matters, please visit or call 518-712-9211. For questions about the merger, use extension 101 to speak with Jim Bonesteel. You can expect a new name and logo for our merged organization by Spring / Summer 2024 and a new website by the end of the year!

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get involvedWe are grateful for our donors! Whether you choose to give time, money, or knowledge, there are many ways you can further the mission to conserve the open spaces, watersheds, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County for the benefit of our communities and future generations.

Become a Member

Join us and hundreds of passionate people from all corners of the Capital District, the Massachusetts border, the banks of the Hudson River, and beyond, who share our vision to conserve clean water, clean air, wildlife and plant habitats, local farms, working forests, and scenic beauty forever. Your donations are our primary funding sources and make a huge impact on the work we have done every year since 1987.

Join or renew today!

Give Monthly

One way to sustainably support our work is through monthly giving. For as little as $5 a month, you can help us protect valuable land and clean drinking water for thousands of county residents now and in the future.

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Join our Online Community

There are many ways for our members to stay in touch online. Join us on our Facebook page and YourTube Channel!

Business Membership

Our Business Membership Program will benefit your business, and support your community. Join our business supporters today.

Wills, Trusts, and other Legacy Gifts

A planned gift will preserve the unique character of Rensselaer County for future generations to enjoy. It can also help maximize the financial rewards of your philanthropy. This page outlines some of the ways to leave a legacy for Rensselaer County.

Naming Opportunities

The Rensselaer Land Trust offers naming opportunities that allow you, your family, or your business to support our work while celebrating a commitment to the public good. Sponsor an event or program to publicize your interest in protecting wildlife habitat and clean water. Name a bench, bridge, trail or preserve after a special person to pay tribute to their delight in nature. The Rensselaer Land Trust offers many ways to publicly and permanently honor a friend, family member, or colleague. Visit our naming opportunities page for a full list of options.

Volunteer Your Time

Join our volunteer program! Clean up the Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline, stuff envelopes, work at our nature preserves, deliver newsletters, count fish, join a committee, work an event, write articles. For a full list of activities, check out our Volunteer Opportunities.