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​Wild Apples of the Rensselaer Plateau Cider
in partnership with Nine Pin Cider Works

Collaborating for conservation
Did you know that each fall we scour the Rensselaer Plateau for wild, ugly, and delicious apples? Or that the good folks at Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany transform them into a delightful specialty cider that raises money for conservation?

This year, RPA is so grateful to be collaborating once again with Nine Pin to produce another batch of Wild Apples of the Rensselaer Plateau (WARP) Cider. 

You can help!

It's time to harvest this year's apples - which will in turn become next year's cider. Here's how you can help: 

  • Volunteer to help pick apples during an organized RPA apple picking event. Many hands make light work!

  • Pick apples on your own property or elsewhere and bring them to us. This is incredibly helpful as well. Apple season goes by quickly, and we can only get to a limited number of sites with volunteers.

How to volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering to help pick apples, please visit our Volunteer page to fill out a Volunteer Interest form. Just indicate on your form that you want to help with apple picking, and we'll add you to the list of people to contact about upcoming apple picking opportunities.

How to drop off apples

Apples can be dropped off anytime at the picnic pavilion at Sky High Adventure Community Center, home to RPA's offices. The SHAC Center is located at 27 Lake Avenue, Averill Park NY 12018. There will be a limited number of empty wooden apple crates available, or you can leave apples in your own bags or containers and make arrangements to get them back later if needed. 

Important notes about dropping off apples

  • Please email Kim at let us know when you are planning to drop off apples. (Since we don't have an indoor dropoff location at this time, we don't want to let your apples sit outside too long.) 

  • Apples can be any size, color, or shape, but they should be firm, with unbroken skin and no rot. 

About Nine Pin Cider Works

Nine Pin Cider Works, located in Albany, NY, supports New York agriculture by producing quality craft ciders using 100% local New York apples and fruit. To learn more, visit


If you have questions or would like more information, contact Kim at

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