Forest Conservation Corps

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Our partner organization Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO) hosts a free environmental education summer program for teenagers aged 14-16. The program combines recreation and education experiences while teens work on valuable conservation projects protecting Rensselaer County's parks, waters, and natural resources.  

The Forest Conservation Corps program seeks to:

  • Promote conservation, education, and community service

  • Educate, train, and develop the value of respect for others and the environment in young people

  • Provide worthwhile work and community service experiences for young people in a nature setting

To learn more about Forest Conservation Corps and RYO, visit the Rensselaer Youth Ourdoors website or contact RYO's Program Coordinator, Amanda McCreary, at 518-712-9667 or

Rensselaer Youth Outdoors is a partnership between Grafton Lakes State Park, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.


Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 |

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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