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Educational Programs



The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance has an ongoing commitment to provide quality workshops, seminars, lectures and educational woods walks to help educate landowners and the public.

Check out our Upcoming Events or our Resources for Landowners, Municipalities or Recreation.



Check our Programs & Outings page for upcoming events

Rensselaer Youth Outdoors

RPA is a proud partner in Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO), bringing expanded environmental education opportunities to Rensselaer County youth and families. RYO is a unifying partnership between county, state, federal, and not-for-profit community groups, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own.

Rensselaer Youth Outdoors is a network of partners whose mission is to introduce and engage the children and families of Rensselaer County in the wonder, science, and adventure of nature in an effort to create a healthier, more sustainable community in an increasingly complex world.  

RYO provides field trips to parks, forests, and other natural areas for students, as well as training and materials for teachers to bring environmental education to the classroom. Partners include Grafton Lakes State Park, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Additionally, representatives from Siena College, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Friends of Dyken Pond, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, various Rensselaer County School Districts, and the Northern Research Station, Forest Service, USDA will assist in advising and implementing RYO programs.

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Woods Forums

Whether it's 2, 20 or 200 acres, do you love your land and value your woods? Then consider attending our next Woods Fourum. Join fellow woodland owners and forestry professionals for a discussion on how to maintain the value of your woods for timber harvesting, recreation, wildlife and for future generations. Discuss how to care for your woods today and plan for its future. Talk with and hear about the experiences of other landowners. See our Upcoming Events to check for any future Woods Forums.



Estate Planning Workshops

Come to an estate planning workshop to get an overview of estate planning from an experienced attorney. These workshops explore succession planning and the human side of estate planning.  They focus on maintaining family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of key issues facing family woodland owners and motivating families to address these challenges. See our Upcoming Events to check for any future Estate Planning Workshops.



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