Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 | info@rensselaerplateau.org

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

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

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Winter 2018/19 Events

RPA and the Rensselaer Land Trust have teamed up once again to offer some wonderful winter outings. We're excited to get outdoors with you!

Important note about winter hiking: Winter hiking requires proper equipment and gear for conditions: warm layered clothing, spikes/cleats/snowshoes for ice or snow, the willingness and ability to negotiate uneven, rocky, icy, wet,  muddy or steep terrain. Please read the full description before joining an outing and contact us with any questions about conditions or your ability to participate, and to preregister. Extreme weather may cancel/postpone any outing.

Poestenkill Community Forest to Geiser Preserve

Sunday, March 24

10 am

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: Jeff Briggs at jbriggs200@nycap.rr.com. Suggested donation of $5.

Kinderhook Creek Preserve

Saturday, March 30

10 am

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: David Gaskell at dgaskell@nycap.rr.com. Suggested donation of $5.