In challenging times, nature is here for us

RPA's response to COVID-19

Updated: March 20, 5 pm EST

Dear Conservation Community,

As you and the people you love deal with the effects of COVID-19 on daily life, we are thinking a lot about how to serve you at this time.  

Our most important job now is to help you stay healthy, respond to your needs, and foster healthy, safe connections with nature.

With the COVID-19 outbreak evolving quickly, we will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC regarding our functions within the organization and our public programs. Our spring outings and other in-person programs have been cancelled until further notice. While we wish we could see you in person, we will instead be offering videos, idea prompts for nature exploration, kids activities, and good news articles. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular posts. Not yet receiving our free eNews? Sign up here

Nature is here for us

In the midst of this crisis, the nature that we all love and care for together is a tremendous resource. Whether in your local park, backyard garden, at one of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's conserved lands, or your favorite local spot, we encourage time outside while maintaining distance from others using these spaces.


Governor Cuomo has asked that all New York State residents limit time outside the home to essential trips for groceries and medicine. Walks outside are allowed, as long as people stay 6 feet apart.

RPA's Community Forests and other conserved lands remain open to all, 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk. If you see other visitors on the trails or in the parking areas, please maintain 6 feet between you and other guests not in your family group. We have removed our sign in sheets from the kiosks; in lieu of signing in, you can text us at 518-712-9211 or send an e-mail to

Finally, to be sure your trip to the woods is healthful, don’t forget to also do your tick checks and take precautions against Lyme Disease and other tick borne illness.

I wish you and your loved ones good health and comfort at this time, and inspiration from the natural world. We will get through this together. 

Yours in conservation,

Jim Bonesteel, Executive Director

p.s. I am just a phone call or e-mail away. Reach out to me any time at 518-712-9211 or