Upcoming Workshops

Citizen Science Training: Stream Sampling in Rensselaer County

Date & Time: 
04/01/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Rensselaer Land Trust’s STREAM TEAM needs help to find out if wading in the streams of Rensselaer County might make you sick. This project will recruit and train citizen scientists to collect water samples from 18 sites along 5 tributaries of the Hudson River for enterococcus levels.




Volunteer time commitment is approximately 2 hours per month during May through October. This project will recruit and train citizen scientists to collect water samples from 18 sites along 5 tributaries of the Hudson River for enterococcus levels.

This project is made possible by New York’s Environmental Protection Fund and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program. Program partners include River Haggie Outdoors; Watershed Assessment Associates; United States Geological Survey; Riverkeeper; and Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

Safeguarding Sources: Encryption and Trauma Protection with "National Bird" director Sonia Kennebeck

Date & Time: 
04/17/2017 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

From Standing Rock to Ferguson, filmmakers and journalists work in increasingly dangerous conditions. Explore source protection to cover more than just encrypting data, and how to protect those who endanger themselves to investigate injustice.

With WMHT and iEAR Presents!

Post-Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary with Seed Bomb Art Workshop

Date & Time: 
04/22/2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer, and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. Together, we will bio-map our area to begin a field guide to the biodiversity of our North Troy neighborhood brownfields. 

Followed by a Seed Bomb Art Workshop, with a hands-on demo of how to make a seed bomb. Made from compressed soil and seeds, seed bombs are designed to be thrown into areas that are degraded, physically abused, or in need of vegetation.

Then end our workshop with a community bike ride, bio-mapping along the Hudson from Troy to Albany, and releasing seed bombs on the way!

Unleashing the Power of High School Environmental Advocates: Water Security in Hoosick Falls and Beyond

Date & Time: 
04/29/2017 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Presented by youth from Hoosick Falls High School with Ken Facin, Hoosick Falls Superintendent of Schools, and Geomicrobiologist Yuri Gorby, Professor, RPI.

Youth Skillshare on water security with high school students from the Hoosick Falls School District. 

Sculpting a Water Retentive Landscape

Date & Time: 
05/06/2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

A NATURE Lab workshop with Collard City Growers gardener and coordinator Christian Grigoraskos

As environmental stewards in our community, water security is at the forefront of our consciousness. We are constantly looking for ways to preserve and respect water as a precious resource (BECAUSE IT IS!). Utilizing rainwater barrels and closed-loop aquaponic systems are a couple ways that we plan on managing our water supply in the garden, but there are techniques for building efficient irrigation systems directly into the landscape.

Join us to learn how to build the most open-source, democratic, and FREE irrigation system out there: SWALE & BERMS. 

The resulting garden beds will become our community cooking greens patch: collards, kale, and chard -- here we come! Participants of this workshop will leave with plans for building their own A-frame level and muscle memory to dig swales and berms in their own backyards.  


Bees and the Cooperative Community / Potluck / “Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Wooland

Date & Time: 
05/06/2017 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

5-6PM Bees and the Cooperative Community
with CCG gardeners Azure Keahi and Christian Grigoraskos
An introduction to urban beekeeping. Reflect upon the importance of cooperative action!

6-7PM Community Potluck

7-9PM “Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Wooland
“Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Woolard

Think through creating networks through community asset mapping and resource-sharing with Woolard’s Idea Lab, offering tools and strategies for participants to sustain the Sanctuary’s environmental campus and beyond. Sponsored by iEAR Presents!



The Relationship of Cinema and Activism: How to Develop Social Issue Films with Brett Story

Date & Time: 
05/10/2017 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

An intimate discussion with filmmaker Brett Story on the relationship between art and politics, cinema and activism, and how to use film more expansively (ie. outside the usual “advocacy” documentary) to speak to social issues.