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.

Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/17/2015 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Changing foliage is all around. Come and join us for a 2.6 mile hike while we take in the beautiful scenery of this rare ecosystem. Ages 8+.

Sketch the Pine Bush
Sunday, October 18, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/18/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Nature sketching and scientific illustration play important roles in record keeping, communication, and simply learning about and appreciating the natural world. Fall is full of interesting subjects to sketch and an excellent time to be tuned into the changes happening around us. Meet at the Discovery Center to learn about tools and techniques for nature sketching and do some sketching exercises. We will then step outside to find inspiration and create illustrated records of the day. Basic drawing materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own. Ages 6+

Oh Deer!
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/24/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Would you like to learn more about white tail deer in the Albany Pine Bush? Come and join us for an afternoon program on the largest mammal in the Pine Bush. We will start inside with a short introduction to deer anatomy and behavior and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike looking for signs of deer in their habitat. Ages 6+.

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/25/2015 -> 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. All ages.

Celebrating Ten Years of Stewardship
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/27/2015 -> 6:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Friends of the Pine Bush Community.

Sensory Night Hike
Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/29/2015 -> 6:30pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It’s that time of year when we associate with dark and spooky things. On this multi-sensory tour of the Pine Bush after sun-down, we will explore nocturnal adaptations through hands on activities. Participants will walk away with a new found appreciation for the nocturnal world. We will hike 0.9 miles. Ages 6+.

Spectacular Spiders
Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/31/2015 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Spiders are feared by many but are actually an important part of our ecosystem. Are you already a fan? Or just a little bit afraid? Come learn more about these crawling creatures in the Pine Bush and join us for a 0.9 mile walk and discussion as we explore what makes spiders special. All ages.

Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit Opening
Sunday, November 1, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/1/2015 -> 1:00pm-4:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Each visitor views the Albany Pine Bush Preserve from a unique vantage point worthy of celebrating and sharing. Join us on November 1st from 1-4pm for the unveiling of this year’s juried photo exhibit, celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Juror selected awards will be presented and light snacks will be provided. All ages. Free!

Owl Prowl and Hors’ d’oeuvres
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/3/2015 -> 5:00pm-7:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Love is in the air!  No, it’s not Valentine’s Day yet.  The breeding season for barred owls, great-horned owls and screech owls, residents of the Albany Pine Bush, is approaching.  As the breeding season begins you are likely to hear the calls of male owls as they defend their territory.  Come join us for this 1.4 mile night hike and learn about the habits of these nocturnal birds and listen for their calls. Meet us at the Discovery Center and enjoy some snacks while we give an indoor presentation. We will then caravan over to the Blueberry Hill West trailhead for our hike. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. Adults only.

Project FeederWatch Information Session
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/4/2015 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Project FeederWatch, a continent-wide citizen science effort run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to quantify birds, has been collecting data since the mid-1970s. The data collected have given us invaluable information about how bird populations move and change over time. We would like to encourage our Pine Bush neighbors to join this initiative in reporting birds you see at your feeders. Join us this evening for an information session on how to get involved! This is an indoor program and will not involve a hike. Please note that this information session is free but there is a fee if you decide to participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch program. All ages. Free!

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, November 6, 2015 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7 (11/6/2015 -> 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!

Meet the Oaks
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/7/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Oaks are one of the most common types of woody plants in the Albany Pine Bush.  Join us as we explore the varieties of oak that grow in this inland pine barrens and investigate their differences and similarities. Ages 15+.

Science Lecture Series: Peat Mosses in the Pine Bush
Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/12/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Although the dunes of the Albany Pine Bush seem to get all the attention, the wetlands located between them are just as intriguing. These wetlands support a unique ecosystem that is further shaped by the flora and fauna within them.  Peat mosses, plants in the genus Sphagnum, are common in these wetlands and influence patterns of water, carbon and nutrient flow. Join us this evening for a close-up introduction to the unique structural features of peat mosses of the Pine Bush followed by a lecture on the biology and ecology of these remarkable plants by Dr. Steven Rice, Professor of Biology at Union College. Ages 15+. Free!

Animal Armor
Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/15/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

How do you protect yourself in the event of danger? Many animals of the Pine Bush have very unique ways of protecting themselves from predators. Join us for a brief indoor presentation and craft followed by a short hike to look for evidence these animals may leave behind. We plan to walk approximately one-half mile. Families with children 10 and under.

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