Plateau People at Work

presented by the 2019-20 RPA Lecture Series

All outings and other in-person programs have been cancelled until further notice.

Please see our COVID-19 message to learn more.

The Thursday, May 14, Berkshire Bird Paradise lecture has moved to Zoom!

To register, click the button below. Once registered, you can tune in at 7 pm

to listen and ask questions. 


Full of stories, ready to share  



Come for an hour. Go home with a deeper understanding of your community. 

Each year, the RPA Lecture Series, curated by volunteer Board of Directors member Alice Howard, brings stories of past and present to life for you at the Sand Lake Town Hall. It's a cozy atmosphere and you will have the chance to ask questions and meet more of your neighbors. One regular lecture goer said, "the only disappointment I have is the lectures that I miss!"

Lectures are held at 7 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Sand Lake Town Hall

 8428 Miller Hill Rd, Sand Lake, NY 12153

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Thursday, Sept 12, 2019:  Zema’s Nursery and Garden Center, Stephentown.

Zema’s nursery is actively involved in Integrated Pest Management with an emphasis on bee-friendly production. Presented by Matt Zema, co-owner. 


Thursday, Oct 10, 2019: Historic Eastfield Village, East Nassau.  

A collection of more than twenty-five early nineteenth century buildings. This is an illustrated talk presented by Peter Schaaphok, Foundation President.  

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019: Soul Fire Farm, Grafton.  

Working towards just and sustainable food system. Presented by Jonah Vitale-Wolff, Co-Director.


Dec 12, 2019 : Spring Forestry

Providing quality sustainable forest management and consulting services. Presented by Mary Spring, forester.


Jan 9, 2020: Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Grafton, and Rensselaer Youth Outdoors 

Providing outdoor recreational and educational programs for youth and adults. Presented by Lisa Hoyt, Executive Director.


Feb. 13, 2020: Gundrum Logging and Lumber, Petersburgh.  

Learn about the logging and lumber business. Presented by Rynard Gundrum, co-owner.


March 12, 2020: Crooked Lake House, Sand Lake.

Crooked Lake House, history including ghost stories. Presented by Paul Schroeder, former owner.


April 9, 2010: The Berry Patch, a small scale sustainable family farm, Stephentown. click here to join this lecture on ZOOM.

Hear how the farm has successfully kept berry pests at bay without using pesticides. Presented by Dale-Ila Riggs, co-owner.


May 14, 2020: Pete Dubacher and his Berkshire Bird Paradise, Petersburgh.

The center provides sanctuary to over 1000 injured and otherwise un-releasable birds. Presented by Barbara Chepaitis, author.
This event has moved to Zoom! To register, click here.


June 11, 2020: Wagner Farms, Poestenkill.

A 400-cow, family owned dairy since 1953, invested in renewable energy through owning and operating a digester. Presented by Pete Wagner, co-owner.


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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