Albany Pine Bush

Check out our list of upcoming programs!

Click on the title of the program for more information and to sign up. Pre-registration is required for all events.

We hope to see you soon on a guided exploration of the Albany Pine Bush.

Science Lecture Series: Bat Conservation and White-Nose Syndrome in NY
Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/16/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

White-nose syndrome is a disease that has been plaguing many of the bats of the eastern United States since it was first discovered in NY in 2007. Species like the little brown bat have experienced over 90% declines. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is conducting surveys this summer to learn more about which species occur on our lands. Join us this evening for a lecture by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Biologist Robyn Niver as she details the threat our bats face, their current status, and what people can do to help. Ages 15+. Free!

Striped Emerald Search
Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/18/2015 -> 1:00pm – 4:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to many interesting Odonates but none as fascinating and elusive as the striped emeralds. To date, we have only identified one striped emerald species from the Pine Bush, the Brush-tipped emerald. Join us today for an afternoon of dragon hunting as we search some of the wetlands in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We will meet at the Discovery Center for a briefing and then caravan over to the Kings Road Barrens for our search which will take us off-trail. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. Dress in footwear and clothing you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Adults only. Free!

Dashing Dragonflies
Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/18/2015 -> 10:00am – 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

They fly, they hover, they dash, and dart! Don’t miss this chance to learn about some of the most fascinating insects of the Pine Bush: dragonflies and damselflies (also known as “Odonates”). We will start indoors for a brief presentation than head outside to observe Odonates as we hike about one mile. Ages 10+.

Pine Bush Pups: Turtles of the Pine Bush
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/21/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? Well they’re here! In this program, we will learn which species of turtles live here in the Pine Bush, examine our Discovery Center turtles and go on a short hike around the Discovery Trail. Register children, not adults. Ages 2 -6.

Pine Bush Pups: Turtles of the Pine Bush
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/22/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? Well they’re here! In this program, we will learn which species of turtles live here in the Pine Bush, examine our Discovery Center turtles and go on a short hike around the Discovery Trail. Register children, not adults. Ages 2 -6.

Tracking New York’s Turkeys with Citizen Science
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/25/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Wild turkey populations have changed dramatically in New York, from their complete absence for almost 100 years, to historic highs in the early 2000s, to current populations which have experienced dramatic declines in some areas. Come learn from Mike Schiavone, Wildlife Biologist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) how the DEC monitors turkeys as well as the on-going research projects to better understand turkey populations, and how you can help collect turkey information for their Citizen Science project. Ages 6+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/26/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. All ages.

Detecting Bats in the Pine Bush
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/29/2015 -> 8:00pm – 9:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Are bats really blind? Come learn the answer to this question and more! We will start inside at the Discovery Center with a short presentation. Then we will caravan to a different trailhead for a twilight hike. Participants must provide their own transportation. We will use technology to help us detect any of the four species of bats that live in the Preserve. We plan to spend about 45 minutes outside listening for bats. Ages 12+.

Antlions: Ferocious Creatures in the Sand
Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/1/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Discover the amazing world of antlions; a unique insect in the Pine Bush.  We will walk approximately one mile to explore antlion pits and investigate antlion larvae up close. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore an interesting detail of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. All ages.

Antlions: Ferocious Creatures in the Sand
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/2/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Discover the amazing world of antlions; a unique insect in the Pine Bush.  We will walk approximately one mile to explore antlion pits and investigate antlion larvae up close. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore an interesting detail of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. All ages.

Pine Bush Pups: A Closer Look at Pitch Pine
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/4/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Pitch Pines are all around you in the Pine Bush. Join us to learn all about these scraggly pines. We will take a short walk to investigate them up close. Register children, not adults. Ages 2-6.

Pine Bush Pups: A Closer Look at Pitch Pine
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/5/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Pitch Pines are all around you in the Pine Bush. Join us to learn all about these scraggly pines. We will take a short walk to investigate them up close. Register children, not adults. Ages 2-6.

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, August 7, 2015 @ Kings Road Barrens trailhead (#9) (8/7/2015 -> 12:00pm – 1:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.2 mile hike at Kings Road Barrens. We will meet at the Kings Road Barrens trailhead (#9). Adults only. Free!

Wildflower Stroll
Sunday, August 9, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/9/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a diversity of wildflowers. Join us for a summer stroll where we’ll stop to identify and observe some of the beautiful wildflowers of summer. We will walk approximately one mile. Ages 10+.

Buzz of the Pine Bush Bees and Wasps
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/11/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Did you know that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to over 100 species of native bees and wasps? Join us in this program for an indoor introduction to these native beauties and then examine them on the trail during a 0.9 mile hike. Learn how much we owe these insects and how you can help native pollinators in your own backyard! All ages.

Creatures of the Sand
Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/15/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Pine Bush sand creates a unique home for many sand dwelling creatures. Join us for an interactive investigation into the Pine Bush creatures of the sand.  Please be prepared for a 0.9 mile hike. All ages.

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