Rensselaer Youth Outdoors

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Proud Partner in Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO), bringing expanded environmental education opportunities to Rensselaer County youth and families.  RYO is a unifying partnership between county, state, federal, and not-for-profit community groups, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  Together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own.

Rensselaer Youth Outdoors is a network of partners whose mission is to introduce and engage the children and families of Rensselaer County in the wonder, science, and adventure of nature in an effort to create a healthier, more sustainable community in an increasingly complex world.

RYO provides field trips to parks, forests, and other natural areas for students, as well as training and materials for teachers to bring environmental education to the classroom.  Partners include  Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Grafton Lakes State Park and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.  Additionally, representatives from Siena College, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Friends of Dyken Pond, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, various Rensselaer County School Districts, and the USDA Forest Service – Northern Research Station assist in advising and implementing RYO programs.

For more information, please visit the RYO website at: