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Just like in nature, every small act makes a difference. Giving to RYO is like the butterfly effect, small changes that result in larger differences. Your donation, no matter what size makes a big impact at Rensselaer Youth Outdoors. 


Consider giving at any amount, and here’s what your dollars will do:

  • $5 buys a pair of work gloves for a teen. They take these home with them! 

  • $10 pays for seedlings and soil to plant native species supporting butterfly coordinators and pollinator gardens. 

  • $50 allows us to buy more compasses, microscopes, bug nets and binoculars to give to schools and youth groups.

  • $100 covers the stipend we pay teens who participate in a week of work and learning. 

  • $500 improves our website so we can include more resources and access points. 

  • $1000 helps increase the hours our part-time RYO Coordinator can spend networking and creating programming that meets the needs of Rensselaer County.

Our budget is a combination of hard work, volunteer hours, bright ideas and small financial contributions. Please consider giving today and support the youth of Rensselaer County to love every boulder they encounter, stream they explore and salamander they try to catch (and release). 

We receive funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York's Environmental Protection Fund, as well as the 'Northern Research Station, Forest Service, USDA', Ann Allen Cetrino Family Foundation, Kelly Family Cuidiu Foundation, NYS Connect Kids to Parks Program, and the Friends of Dyken Pond.

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