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.
Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, September 4, 2015 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7 (9/4/2015 -> 12:00pm – 1:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)
Take a break from your day and join us for a one hour hike along the trails of the Madison Avenue Pinelands. We will meet at the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7). Adults only. Free!
Ravine Ramble
Saturday, September 5, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/5/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
The Albany Pine Bush is home to the headwaters of the Hunger Kill, the Kaikout Kill and the Patroon Creek. Join us for a hike to steep sided sandy ravines and an exploration of the life that thrives along their banks. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the Madison Avenue Pinelands (#7) trailhead. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. We will be walking approximately two miles over varied terrain. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 8+.
Wonder Walk
Sunday, September 6, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/6/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.” – Rachel Carson. Join us for this 0.9 mile walk in the Pine Bush. We will use our senses to explore the big and the small, the living and non-living and the seasonal surprises around us. We will use Rachel Carson as inspiration, taking in everything around us, searching for a sense of wonder. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 6+.
Pine Bush GPS Adventure
Monday, September 7, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/7/2015 -> 10:30am – 12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Search for hidden objects using a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) unit that will help you navigate the trails. Learn which buttons do what, how to locate your position on Earth, and how to find your way back to places you’ve been! GPS units are provided. Ages 8+.
Learn 10…Trees
Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/13/2015 -> 1:00pm – 4:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Pine Bush botanist Jesse Hoffman will guide participants in a beginner’s course on how to identify 10 native tree species through the use of keys, guides and their senses during a combination of lab and field sessions.
Discover the Pine Bush Drop-in Stations
Monday, September 14, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/14/2015 -> 11:00am – 3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Want to learn more about the Albany Pine Bush? Drop in the Pine Barrens Room anytime between 11:00am and 3:00pm to explore this rare ecosystem through a series of hands on stations. All ages. Free!
Call for submissions! Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/1/2015, 9/15/2015) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Science Lecture Series: Fungi of the Pine Bush
Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/17/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Join Dr. Thomas Horton, associate professor of mycology at the State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry and a specialist on mycorrhizal fungi and their role in plant establishment. The evening lecture will draw on his studies from around the world that provide insight into what fungi are likely helping pitch pine restoration efforts at the Albany Pine Bush. Dr. Horton will also present results from students in his lab that are currently identifying what fungi are mycorrhizal with pitch pine seedlings from the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Age 15+. Free!
Birds Take Flight
Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/19/2015 -> 7:30am – 9:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
It’s that time of year when birds are on the move. Come along on an early morning adventure to observe some of the amazing birds here and see our science team in action as they capture and band birds! They are working together to learn more about birds migrating through the Pine Bush. After a short outside observation period, an indoor hands-on presentation will take place. Indoor portion will occur rain or shine. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 10+.
Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths
Sunday, September 20, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/20/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Join us for a 0.9 mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 6+.
Autumn Equinox: A Season of Change
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/22/2015 -> 6:30pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” As autumn begins, the temperatures drop and daylight wanes further. Join us for a 0.9 mile hike to learn about the effects of this yearly change on the unique ecology of the Pine Bush. All ages.
Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths
Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/26/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Join us for a 0.9 mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 6+.
Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/27/2015 -> 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 along this 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. All ages.

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