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The Rensselaer Land Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization preserving land in Rensselaer County, New York. We accomplish this preservation through land acquisition, conservation easements, responsible stewardship, and outreach and education to the public and local governments. In 2012, we are holding 27 events, hikes, paddles, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Upcoming events (3)

Along Old Hayes Road with Peter Wood

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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: peterrmapleacresgmailcom $5 donation collected the day of the event. This event is co-sponosred by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

Introduction to Snowshoeing at Staalesen Preserve, Troy

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 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: Fred McCagg at fredmccaggfairpointnet. Suggested donation of $5. To learn more about Staalesen Preserve click on link below: https://www.renstrust.org/explore/preserves/public-preserves/8-john-b-staalesen-vanderheyden-preserve

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: Michael Jensen at JensenMKgmailcom. Suggested donation of $5.

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Snowshoe at Poestenkill Community Forest

Community Forest Wetland

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