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Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Cropseyville, Rensselaer County

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Dyken Pond is an environmental education center with elevated wet woodlands, located on the Rensselaer Plateau-the fifth-largest unbroken forest in the state. This makes it an ideal place for wildlife. Birders can see a variety of songbirds, including warblers and the ever-present ovenbird.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Boardwalk
  • Trails
  • Rock garden

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Boat launch (non-motorized boats only)
  • Geocaching
  • Fishing
  • Lean-to camping
  • Environmental education programs


594 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 518-658-2055

Address: 475 Dyken Pond Rd., Cropseyville, NY 12052

Website: Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: NYSDEC