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.

Pine Bush Pups: Sleeping, Sleeping All Winter Long
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/17/2017 -> 10:00am–11:00am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Sleeping all winter long may sound like an easy way to deal with winter, but hibernation comes with its own challenges and risks. We will explore hibernation through story, song and play and learn what hibernation means and which animals of the Pine Bush hibernate. We will go for a short walk. Register children not adults. Ages 2–6.

Pine Bush Pups: Sleeping, Sleeping All Winter Long
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/18/2017 -> 10:00am–11:00am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Sleeping all winter long may sound like an easy way to deal with winter, but hibernation comes with its own challenges and risks. We will explore hibernation through story, song and play and learn what hibernation means and which animals of the Pine Bush hibernate. We will go for a short walk. Register children not adults. Ages 2–6.

Science Lecture Series: Bats of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/19/2017 -> 6:30pm–8:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Bats are an interesting and important component of our wildlife community, but little was known about species in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve until recently. As a result of the dramatic decline of many bat species due to White Nose Syndrome, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission worked with Vesper Environmental, LLC to conduct a first of its kind acoustic bat survey in the Preserve. Join us this evening with Al Hicks, Principle Consultant with Vesper Environmental, LLC to hear the results of the survey and find out what we learned. Join us for snacks and discussion at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm. Ages 15+. Free!

Owl Investigation
Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/21/2017 -> 11:00am–12:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Curious about owls? Join us to learn about the owls that live in the Pine Bush and the signs they leave behind. We will start with a short presentation and then dissect owl pellets, a sign that owls are active in the area. Ages 8+.

Pine Bush Pups: Winter Birds
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/24/2017 -> 10:00am–11:00am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Fluff up your feathers and join us for a program on winter birds!  Many birds stay here in the Albany Pine Bush all year long.  We’ll explore which birds are year-round residents and learn some of their names and sounds as well as how they survive the winter.  We’ll also make a take-home bird feeder and discuss how we can observe our feathered friends. Register children, not adults. Ages 2–6.

Pine Bush Pups: Winter Birds
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/25/2017 -> 10:00am–11:00am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Fluff up your feathers and join us for a program on winter birds!  Many birds stay here in the Albany Pine Bush all year long.  We’ll explore which birds are year-round residents and learn some of their names and sounds as well as how they survive the winter.  We’ll also make a take-home bird feeder and discuss how we can observe our feathered friends. Register children, not adults. Ages 2–6.

Feisty Fishers
Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/29/2017 -> 1:00pm–3:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Are fishers cats? Do they really eat fish? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the fisher. Then we will continue outside for a walk in the Preserve as we look for signs of the fisher. We plan to walk approximately one mile.

Citizen Science: Frog Watch Training Session
Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/2/2017 -> 6:30pm–8:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It may be hard to believe right now but soon the spring chorus will fill your ears. Spring peepers first, followed by wood frogs and maybe even some spadefoot toads! For over 15 years, citizen scientists have been reporting data on calling frogs and toads to Frog Watch, a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Join us this evening for an information and training session about this amazing program and how you can participate by listening to the frogs and toads calling in your own backyard. Ages 15+. Free!

Groggy Groundhogs
Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/4/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow on February 2nd? Whether you call them groundhogs or woodchucks join us to learn more about these common mammals. We will also discuss the origins of Groundhog Day and make our own predictions about how long winter will last! We will start inside and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike. If there is snow on the ground we will snowshoe approximately one-half mile. Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. All ages.

Full Moon Hike
Friday, February 10, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/10/2017 -> 6:30pm–8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with a hike under the full moon. We will plan to walk 0.9 miles over rolling topography stopping intermittently for night vision and sound observations. All ages.

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, February 12, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/12/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (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. Free!

Science Lecture Series: Human Wildlife Interactions in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/16/2017 -> 6:30pm–8:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to many mammals including carnivores like Eastern coyote, grey fox and fisher. Due to the highly fragmented nature of the Preserve, these animals regularly interact with humans and human habitat, sometimes even without us knowing. In addition to carnivore ecology and conservation, Dr. Daniel Bogan of Sienna College conducts research in behavioral ecology and human-wildlife interactions.  Join us this evening for a lecture from Dr. Bogan as he provides details about his work, including his work in the Preserve with Eastern Coyotes. Join us for snacks and discussion at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm. Ages 15+.

Snowshoeing in the Pine Bush
Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/18/2017 -> 11:00am–12:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Have you tried snowshoeing? The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a great place to get started with this fun sport. Join us for a 0.9 mile hike on snowshoes. We’ll explore the frozen landscape of the pine barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. If there is not enough snow on the ground we will hike without snowshoes. Ages 10+.

Pine Bush Scavenger Hunt
Monday, February 20, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/20/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a game of seek and find. See how many different items you can discover as we hike 0.9 miles over rolling sand dunes and learn about the unusual Pine Bush ecosystem along the way. All ages.

Pine Bush Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/21/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a game of seek and find. See how many different items you can discover as we hike 0.9 miles over rolling sand dunes and learn about the unusual Pine Bush ecosystem along the way. All ages.

Pine Bush Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/22/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a game of seek and find. See how many different items you can discover as we hike 0.9 miles over rolling sand dunes and learn about the unusual Pine Bush ecosystem along the way. All ages.

Pine Bush Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/23/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a game of seek and find. See how many different items you can discover as we hike 0.9 miles over rolling sand dunes and learn about the unusual Pine Bush ecosystem along the way. All ages.

Pine Bush Scavenger Hunt
Friday, February 24, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/24/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a game of seek and find. See how many different items you can discover as we hike 0.9 miles over rolling sand dunes and learn about the unusual Pine Bush ecosystem along the way. All ages.

Feisty Fishers
Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/26/2017 -> 1:00pm–3:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Are fishers cats? Do they really eat fish? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the fisher. Then we will continue outside for a walk in the Preserve as we look for signs of the fisher. We plan to walk approximately one mile. Ages 6+.

Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (12/3/2016, 2/28/2017) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The exhibit will be open through the end of February 2017 and is being sponsored by Friends of the Pine Bush Community.

Hug A Tree
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (3/4/2017 -> 11:00am–12:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Calling all kids!! Would you know what to do if you were outside playing or hiking and became lost? If you’re not sure, this program is for you. Hug a Tree was developed to teach children a few of the most basic and vital survival principles. It was specifically designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12 but can be effective with slightly younger and older children. We will start with an indoor presentation and demonstrations (including a rescue dog!), followed by an outside presentation. There will be a guided hike following the program. Please sign up separately if you would like to attend the hike below. Ages 6+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush following Hug a Tree
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (3/4/2017 -> 12:00 pm–1:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

If you participated in the Hug a Tree program join us afterwards for this guided hike. 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. Registration in the Hug a Tree program does not guarantee registration in the hike, please register separately. Ages 6+. Free!

Gardening With Native Plants
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (3/8/2017 -> 6:30pm–7:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join Sandra Zwink of Sandra Walck Garden Design for an evening program on gardening with native plants.  Learn how to reduce the amount of labor and resources necessary to maintain your home landscape while creating visual harmony with your surroundings and why it is crucially important to contribute to ecological stability.  We will cover design and maintenance tips as well as how and where to obtain native plants.  Bring photos and description of your habitat. Adults only.

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (3/12/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (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. Free!

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