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Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Wilderness Ways for Families and Children

Celebrate Stephentown at Albert Family Community Forest

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

Give your children something beyond technology, give them forest exploration without fear. This morning will help you learn basic skills, build confidence and become more confident in the outdoors, led by Fred McCagg.

To register: E-mail Fred McCagg

 

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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After Work Walk–Poestenkill Community Forest – Where is the water in the woods?

 After-Work Walks and Rides
 
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Take your evening commute to the outdoors! Our After Work Walks on Thursday evenings are short, family-friendly walks and activities that will introduce you to the special places in Rensselaer County protected by RLT and RPA. The After Work Mountain Bike Rides on Tuesdays will be easy rides suitable for families and beginners.

All walks and rides will start at 6 pm, except as noted, are free, and do not require pre-registration. Bring water and proper gear for the weather, and flashlights for sunset and night walks, and follow precautions regarding ticks; snacks and insect repellant optional.

After Work Walks – Thursdays at 6 pm except June 21 and July 26.

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August 23 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Explore 350-acre community forest to learn where the water is in the woods. For more information, contact Jeff Briggs.

Poestenkill Community Forest is at 220 Legenbauer Road in East Poestenkill. From the blinking red lights at the intersection of Routes 355 and 351 in the center of Poestenkill, go east on Plank Road (County Road 40) for about 5 miles to East Poestenkill, then turn right onto Legenbauer Road and go about 1 mile to parking area on the right.

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mushroom Walk

This program is currently FULL. If you would like to be added to a wait list e-mail Marcy Steinberg at marcygs@aol.com

 

Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will lead us into the woods at one of our forests or preserves.  Participants will have a chance to develop their field skills in mushroom identifcation. Bring a basket or bag with stiff sides, a ?eld knife or trowel, and a hand lens if you have one.  

Registration fee $10/ person, kids are free.  

Walk is limited the first 25 people paid. Directions will be mailed to registered participants two weeks before the walk.

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Bird Walk and Talk About bird Census at the Poestenkill Community Forest

Jim de Waal Malefyt has been doing a bird census for over one year at the Poestenkill Community Forest in anticipation of plans for sustainable logging.  Join him on an early morning bird walk to see and hear the forest birds and migrating warblers.  

Hear about how a bird census is done and Jim’s concerns for health of the birds and bird habitat. 

To register contact Jim de Waal Malefyt  at by e-mail.

Fee collected day of the outing $5.

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018 8:30 am - 9:30 am
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Plateau Panorama

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance Board Members, Shari and Dick Gibbs invite you to share in their treasured view of the Rensselaer Plateau. Bring your own picnic to their Hidley Farm in Wynantskill, hike or bike to the hilltop family cemetery, and enjoy the panoramic vista of the Rensselaer Plateau landscape. Families and folks of all ages and abilities welcome.

Registration required Shari Gibbs e-mail.  Rain cancels.  Call for any details or additional information 518-283-0155

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse Hike

We’ll hike 27-34 miles across the Rensselaer Plateau over two days through various terrain. Come enjoy the company of hardy hikers. Optional overnight at Pine Ridge Cross Country Ski Center. This is a strenuous hike with some bushwhacking.

Sponsored by RPA, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Center.

To register contact Annie by e-mail

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 8:00 am - Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 5:00 pm
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Hiking Thru History

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.

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

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

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 12:15 pm
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Hike to Berlin Mountain via Greene and Southeast Hollows

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Berlin Mountain, at 2818 feet, is the highest point in New York outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills, and its open summit provides wonderful views of the Taconics, Mt. Greylock and the Berkshires. We’ll ascend steeply from Greene Hollow in Petersburg via the old 1700’s Albany Road to Berlin Pass, hike along the Taconic Crest Trail to the summit, then through an uncommon spruce-fir forest, 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.

Donation $5.

Register with Nick Conrad at 518-308-5332 or by e-mail nbconrad@msn.com.

 

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There are views from Berlin Mt through the trees of the Phelps Trail.
http://www.taconichiking.com/berlin-mt.php

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tea Garden Walk

Join Annie for a stroll through the tea garden. Find out which herbs make for a tasty tea and learn how to brew a nice cup of tea or make a pot of sun tea! And after the walk, join us for a sampling of teas. Co-hosted by Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, and Laughing Earth.

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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POSTPONED–A Century of History on the Rensselaer Plateau

History on the Rensselaer Plateau

 Due to the weather this event has been postponed to the Rain Date: October 20, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Asa Eddy family lived in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York, between 1794 and 1905.  While the homestead and other structures have long since disappeared, and forest has reclaimed the farm, an early family cemetery, along with stone foundations and other evidence, can still be seen on the landscape.  Warren Broderick, a descendent of the Eddy family, author, archivist and researcher, will discuss and use other resources to bring the history of an early farm in Rensselaer County back to life.  

Participants will take an easy/moderate hike about two-and-a-half miles along an abandoned road in the Towns of Nassau and Stephentown to visit the farm site, and family cemetery, hear about an infamous 19th century local murder and reputed haunting, and view other abandoned farm sites along our route.  The hike will conclude through hiking trails at the Albert Family Community Forest, a 353 acre forest owned by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.  This was part of the Hayes farm which adjoined the Eddy farm on the south.

This hike will require some shuttling of vehicles. Rain date will be Saturday, October 20.

Contact outing coordinator and registration contact: Peter Wood at peterrmapleacres@gmail.com 

$5 donation collected day of the outing.

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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CANCELLED–John Bulmer Nature Photography Workshop at the Tomhannock Reservoir

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With expected Nor'easter rains and winds this weekend we have decided to CANCELL this workshop--stay tuned for similar workshops being offered in the spring.

Join professional photographer and filmmaker John Bulmer on a casual hike along the Tomhannock Reservoir. This will be an opportunity to explore and photograph at the peak of fall foliage season. Attendees will receive instruction on camera settings, techniques and composition to maximize the fall colors.  A DSLR or other camera with manual settings is suggested. Tripods optional. Limited 12.

$10 donation collected day of the outing.

To be added to the WAITING LIST call (518) 674-2669 or e-mail  Sally Lawrence

 

Meeting Location: In the parking area on the left side of Rt 7, before it crosses the Tomhannock Reservoir.

 

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Snowshoe at Poestenkill Community Forest

snowshoeCelebrate the New Year on the land!

Fred DeMay will lead a snowshoe at the Poestenkill Community Forest. We might wander onto some new lands that were just protected, expanding the Community Forest! For more info or to register, e-mail Francille Egbert

$5 donation collected the day of the event.

Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Introduction to Snowshoeing at Albert Family Community Forest

Snowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the country.  Simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and go on a winter hike or backpack! This class is a great introduction to the sport. We will start with an indoor clinic and focus on the gear selection and the initial skills needed to get on the trails. Then we will hit the outdoors for some fun in the snow and to learn snowshoeing techniques, ascending and descending hills and winter preparedness.  Discover the joy of winter and the freedom of snowshoeing! 

We will send information before the class on proper clothing and gear for this great adventure. Some snowshoes will be available to borrow.

Meet at the parking lot of the RPA's Albert Family Community Forest in Nassau.
 
Register in advance with outings leader: Fred McCagg by E-mail by clicking HERE
 
Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the outing.
 
This event is co-sponosred by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance
Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Wildlife Tracking Basics with Josh Wood

Wildlife Tracking Workshops in Rensselaer County


Join local tracking experts Dan Yacobellis and Josh Wood for a series of three workshops to learn animal tracks or to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops; each workshop will add a new layer to the tracking experience. The second two workshops will also include GPS mapping and documenting of all observed wildlife sign, using citizen science to contribute to an online, active map of animal activity on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Tracking Basics with Josh Wood at Albert Family Community Forest, Nassau. 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.

Online pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 for each workshop. Space is limited.

Click HERE to Register!

Questions about the workshops? Contact Annie by e-mail

All participants need to sign a liability waiver, which can be downloaded HERE and returned the morning of the workshop.

Please arrive promptly by 9:45 a.m. to complete registration, get organized and be ready to hike by 10:00 a.m.  

These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Dress appropriately for the cold weather!

Wildlife tracking requires some hiking with long periods of standing while you examine the tracks you find. (this is when your feet get cold!)  We never know what we will find or how far we will actually hike.  Folks need to be in good physical condition and have adequate winter gear to be outside for the day.  Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler on the Plateau than lower elevations. Please plan on wearing what you think will keep you warm, and then add two extra layers in a back pack to bring along. Hand and foot warmers are always a good idea.

Bring snowshoes. Again, snowpack can be much deeper on the Plateau than surrounding areas. 

Plan on eating lunch outside if you are attending the full day programs. There are no indoor facilities. Pack high energy, nutrient dense foods: nuts, cheese, energy bars, dark chocolate, nut butters, oranges are all good choices. Remember to drink adequate water through the day. It is easy to become dehydrated in the winter as we tend to not feel thirsty. 

Refunds will gladly be given up to 7 days prior to the event. After that, refunds will be given only if we are able to fill your place.   

We are very excited to offer this Tracking Series this year with Josh and Dan.  Whether you're new to wildlife tracking or one of our regulars, you're in for a great day in the woods. 

 

Upcoming Tracking Programs

February 16, 9:30-4:00, with half-day option -- Bringing Tracking Home with Dan Yacobellis at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Grafton. Read more HERE.

March 10 – 9:30-4:00, with half-day option – Animal Tracking in Late Winter with Dan Yacobellis at Poestenkill Community Forest, Poestenkill. Read more HERE.

Dan Yacobellis runs Tamakoce Wilderness Programs in Grafton, immersing children and adults in wilderness living experiences. He is a long-time Plateau resident and teacher, and has led many tracking outings on the Plateau.

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Along Old Hayes Road with Peter Wood

We’ll snowshoe or hike, depending on conditions, from RLT’s Robert Ingalls Preserve to RPA’s Albert Family Community Forest. Starting at the Ingalls Preserve, we'll travel along the banks of Black Brook, then rise to Hayes Way, and continue on a long abandoned section of Hayes Road to reach the Albert Forest. We’ll pass an abandoned mill site, the foundations and wells of long-gone Hayes homesteads, and pass through dark and seldom traveled forest.

Meeting Location: Albert Family Community Forest parking lot and we’ll shuttle ~10 mins. to start at the Ingalls Preserve, and end up back at Albert. The distance is a little less than two miles, but involves some uphill climbs.

Directions: Traveling South on Rt. 66 from Sand Lake about 8 miles to a left on Hayes Rd., continue to the end of the road to parking lot, and kiosk

Address: Albert Community Forest: 120 Hayes Rd East Nassau, NY

Register with outings leader Peter Wood by e-mail by clicking HERE.

$5 donation collected the day of the event.

This event is co-sponosred by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Introduction to Snowshoeing at Staalesen Preserve, Troy

 

snowshoeSnowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the country. Simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and go on a winter hike or backpack! This class is a great introduction to the sport. We will start with an indoor clinic and focus on the gear selection and the initial skills needed to get on the trails. Then we will hit the outdoors for some fun in the snow and to learn snowshoe techniques, ascending and descending hills and winter preparedness. Discover the joy of winter and the freedom of snowshoeing!  We will send information before the class on proper clothing and gear for this great adventure. Some snowshoes will be available to borrow.

Meet at the parking lot of the Staalesen Preserve on Wynantskill Way in Troy.

Register in advance with Fred McCagg be e-mail.

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of event.

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Taconic Crest from Petersburg Pass to Berlin Mountain

Hike part of the Taconic Crest trail in winter. We'll go from Petersburg Pass on NYS Rt. 2 to Berlin Mountain (highest mountain in New York State not in the Catskills or Adirondacks) and back. Hike will be about 6-miles roundtrip and probably take about 4-5 hours (depending on snow depth and if trail is broken out). Full winter gear should be used (snowshoes, warm coat, gloves, lunch, water, gaiters, balaclava, snow goggles). 

Meet at the Petersburg Pass parking lot, on NYS Route 2 at the Massachusetts border.

Register in advance wit Michael Jensen by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the event.

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Bringing Wildlife Tracking Home with Dan Yacobellis

“Serious Snowshoe” at Grafton Forest

A snowshoe or hike along new trails at RPA’s Grafton Forest in Grafton. This will be an outing for the motivated and physically fit, taking in newly completed trails over the high point of the preserve, wetlands, and some of its spectacular viewpoints in mid-winter. We’ll travel about six miles with lots of up-and-down. Participants must have proper gear, warm clothes, water and lunch/snack.

Meeting place will depend on weather conditions; trip leader will notify those who register.

Register in advance with Peter Wood by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the event.

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mattison Hollow and Falls

Join us for a snowshoe/cross-country ski trip at scenic Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain. We'll use both a State Forest trail and a Land Trust member's private trails to see a waterfall in its winter splendor. If snow conditions are poor, we'll hike. Distance is about three miles, with some moderate slopes. Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, micro spikes/snow cleats, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack.

Meeting place will be provided by trip leader after registration.

Register in advance: Nick Conrad by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the event.

Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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