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March 2, 2019

Mattison Hollow and Falls (March 2, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

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.

March 10, 2019

Animal Tracking in Late Winter with Dan Yacobellis (March 10, 2019 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Wildlife Tracking Workshops in Rensselaer County

Join local tracking expert Dan Yacobellis at Poestenkill Community Forest, Poestenkill. See what changes the lengthening days bring to animal activity. We will continue adding information to our online tracking map. Anyone who was not present at the February workshop will get a brief overview and handouts to help them get started mapping their own wildlife tracking observations. Option to leave at noon before everyone else heads deeper into the woods.

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.

This workshop is part of 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. This is the third workshop and will include GPS mapping and documenting of all observed wildlife signs, using citizen science to contribute to an online, active map of animal activity on the Rensselaer Plateau.

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

Click HERE to Register!

Questions about the workshop? 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 9:15 a.m. to complete registration, get organized and be ready to hike by 9:30 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. 


March 16, 2019

Winter Map and Compass at Albert Family Community Forest (March 16, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

Hiking is a wonderful hobby and great exercise as well as a great way to get in touch with nature! Let us teach you how to do it right! The art of “staying found” requires little more than a good map and compass, and the know-how to use them properly. Today’s topographic maps are the best available, and the magnetic compass models are well-designed for the modern navigator. Learning to use a compass and map together are fundamental skills each outdoorsman and woman should have to ensure a safe and successful trip afield. This field class offers hands-on learning and a fun hike!

Meet at the parking lot of the Albert Family Community Forest at the end of Hayes Road in East Nassau.

Register in advance with Fred McCagg by e-mail.


Suggested donation of $5 collected the morning of the event.

March 24, 2019

Postponed--Poestenkill Community Forest to Geiser Preserve (March 24, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.


Due to snow and high winds in the forecast for Saturday, March 23 we've postponed this program to Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m.

We’ll snowshoe or hike, depending on conditions, from RPA's Poestenkill Community Forest to the top of Perigo Hill in RLT’s Geiser Preserve. We’ll see hemlock and hardwood forests, hemlock swamps and other wetlands, as well as looking for tracks of squirrels, porcupines, coyote, bobcat, whitetail deer, and moose.  The hike will be about 3.5 miles, including several uphill climbs and some bushwhacking, and take about three hours. Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, spikes, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack/lunch.

Meet at the parking lot of the Poestenkill Community Forest in East Poestenkill.

Register in advance with Jeff Briggs by e-mail.

Suggested donation of $5 collected morning of event.

March 30, 2019

Kinderhook Creek Preserve (March 30, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

Hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, RLT’s Kinderhook Creek Preserve -- along stone walls and ridges, through tall, majestic pines, down hemlock covered slopes to the shore of Kinderhook Creek. Weather permitting, we should see lovely ice formations along the creek and animal tracks. We’ll hike for 2 hours; there will may be some moderately steep up and down. Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, spikes, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack/lunch.

Meet at the parking lot of the Kinderhook Creek Perserve on Martha Hicks Road in East Nassau.

Register in advance with David Gaskell by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected the day of the event.

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