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October 5, 2019

Taconic Crest Trail in One Year (October 5, 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

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Potter Road in Hanock, MA to south end near New Lebanon, 10.5 miles.

Leader: Nick Conrad

This is our longest section, starting with a long steep ascent, and passing through Pittsfield State Forest and by Berry and Twin Ponds, with great views. 


Sponsored by RLT, RPA and Taconic Hiking Club


We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail over the course of the year in six separate trips. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through New York, Massachusetts, and a corner of Vermont, from North Petersburg to near New Lebanon, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet of both 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.


All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground. Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Prepare for cool and windy conditions. 


All hikes start at 9 am. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Please register here.

 

October 19, 2019

Mushroom Walk for Beginners with Sue Van Hook (October 19, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

August Mushrooms on Rensselaer Plataeu 2016

Sue Van Hook, Mycologist, will lead us into the woods at one of our Preserves or Forests on the Rensselaer Plateau. 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, kids are free.  

REGISTER ONLINE HERE. 

Group size for the walk is limited to 25 so it is first paid, first on the list. Directions will be mailed to participants registered 2 weeks before the walk.

Questions? Contact Marcy Steinbergatmarcygs@aol.com.

 

Resources:

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff.

 Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada’s by Timothy Baroni. 

Mushrooms on Northeast North America by a George Barron

Outing can be used as credit toward Rensselaer Naturalist Patch.

Learn to Key Mushrooms with Sue Van Hook (October 19, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

August Mushrooms on Rensselaer Plataeu 2016

Sue Van Hook will guide us in the use of books and keys to identify some of our local mushrooms.  Bring hand lens if you have one. Registration fee $20/person.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Group size for the walk is limited to 25 so it is first paid, first on the list. Directions will be mailed to participants registered 2 weeks before the walk.

 Questions? Contact Marcy Steinbergamarcygs@aol.com.

Resources:

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff.

 Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada’s by Timothy Baroni. 

Mushrooms on Northeast North America by a George Barron

Outing can be used as credit toward Rensselaer Naturalist Patch.

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