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Thursday, November 30, 2023

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Snowshoe at Grafton Forest

 We’ll snowshoe or hike on and off trail through this 1000+ acre Rensselaer Plateau Alliance forest, passing through hardwood and hemlock glades, skirting along wetlands and cascades, and taking in spectacular views. This will be a serious 5-6 mile winter outing for the fit and motivated, with steep, rocky, uneven terrain, and icy, wet and muddy conditions likely encountered. Participants will need snowshoes and/or cleats/microspikes, warm/waterproof boots, perhaps hiking sticks, appropriate layered clothing, and carry water and lunch/snacks for a lunch break.

We will meet at the Brittonkill Central School parking lot and drive/carpool to the nearby forest. Heavy snow cover may mean we will have to hike in to the start point, if the road is impassable.  

Register online here.

For questions contact Peter Wood at

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Tracking with Patricia Liddle

Wildlife Tracking workshops

Join us for a series of four wildlife tracking workshops, each led by a local expert with experience in reading the winter outdoors. Workshops are suitable if you’re a  beginner or if you want to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops. These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Cost is $20 for each workshop, $15 for members of RPA, RLT, and Friends of Dyken Pond. Space is limited, and you must register in advance online, or contact 518-659-5263. Contact the trip leader with any questions. Dress appropriately for the cold, keeping in mind there will be periods of inactivity while looking at a track. Depending on snow/ice conditions, snowshoes/microspikes/proper footwear is needed. Bring extra layers for warmth, and hot drinks and hand/feet warmers.


February 29, 9 am - noon, at Albert Family Community Forest, East Nassau – Tracking with Patricia Liddle. We will explore the Albert Family Forest for animal tracks and sign that reveal the stories happening all around us. We will not be sticking to a foot trail, but going where the wildlife leads us. She hopes to open eyes/minds to. Questions: Contact Pat at

Patricia Liddle is a student and lover of nature from when she was a child on her hands and knees in a pond looking for tadpoles to recently following fisher tracks on Harvey Mtn. She has studied tracking with Sue Morse, George Leoniak, Josh Woods, and, of course, the animals.

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cancelled: Snowshoe the Taconic Crest Trail

We'll snowshoe (or hike depending on snow depth) for about 7 miles up and down the two hollows and along the Taconic Crest Trail. 

This is a moderately strenuous hike, so please be prepared.   Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, spikes, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack/lunch.  We could be out for five hours.

Meet at the Robinson Hollow trailhead.  We'll shuttle people and a few cars to Mattison Hollow trailhead, where we will begin our hike.

Suggested donation of $5.


For questions: Contact Michael Jensen

Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Winter Tree Walk at Kinderhook Creek Preserve

We’ll explore several trails at the scenic Kinderhook Creek Preserve and identify trees in their winter form by examining twigs, bark, and old leaves or fruit. The walk will be about 2 miles depending on group interest. The trails have moderate climbs and snowshoes or microspikes may be needed depending on trail conditions. Dress appropriately for the weather with consideration for cold or wet conditions. Bring water and snacks.

Contact Tom Phillips with any questions at 

Meet at the parking area for Kinderhook Creek Preserve in East Nassau.

Suggested Donation of 5$

Register online here.

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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First Saturday Walk - Robert Ingalls Preserve

Saturday, August 5, 10 am - noon at Robert Ingalls Preserve

Peter Wood will lead. 

The Robert Ingalls Preserve is located in the Town of Stephentown. The parking area is on Garfield Road just west of the intersection of Horse Heaven Rd (County Route 23) and Garfield Rd (County Route 26). From the intersection of Garfield Road and NY Route 66 in East Nassau (.3 mile south of the East Nassau Post Office), go 2.5 miles east on Garfield Road to the parking area on the left.

Saturday, Aug 5, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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First Saturday on the Trails at Geiser Preserve

Hike leader: Tom Phillips, RLT board member

Enjoy a late-summer walk to and through our beautiful Geiser Preserve – a woodland gem of 95 acres on Perigo Hill on the Rensselaer Plateau, with rocky knolls and hemlock-maple-beech woods. Since the Geiser Preserve is set well back from a public road, this will be a longer hike, using an old woods road to get to the Preserve. The hike will be about 4.5 miles round-trip with a short moderately steep ascent to the summit of Perigo Hill, and will take about three hours.

Location/Directions: We'll gather at Taborton Zion Church of Christ's parking area on the shore of Little Bowman Pond in Taborton. From the intersection of NY Routes 43 and 66 in Sand Lake, take Taborton Road (County Route 42) east 4 miles to parking area on the right.

Details: Free and no registration required. Wear appropriate fiootwear and outerwear and bug protection for the season. Bring bottled water and snacks.

Saturday, Sep 2, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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