Albany Pine Bush Upcoming Events

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.

Owls and Hors d’oeuvres
Friday, March 24, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (3/24/2017 -> 6:30pm–9:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Whooo is that?  It may be one of the resident owl species of the preserve; a barred owl, a great-horned owl, or a screech owl. Meet us at the Discovery Center and enjoy some snacks while we give an indoor presentation, followed by 1.4 mile night hike to learn about the habits of these nocturnal birds and listen for their calls. We will caravan to the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) for our hike. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. Adults only.

Fox Trot
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (3/26/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a short inside presentation on the two species of fox that live here in the Pine Bush. We will then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike to look for signs that they are out and about around the trails. Ages 6+.

Signs of Spring
Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/1/2017 -> 11:00am–1:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The calendar says it is spring, but what clues does nature give us that reveal the arrival of spring? Come and discover signs of spring along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve as we walk 0.9 miles. Ages 8+.

Wild and Wacky Woodcock Walk
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/6/2017 -> 7:00pm–8:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission staff for our annual walk through the Pine Bush to watch the elaborate flight displays of the American Woodcock. During the mating season in early spring, male woodcocks perform amazing flight displays at dusk. Males circle high in the evening sky then plummet to the earth in a series of zigzags and whistling wings. Remember to bring your binoculars! We will start out inside and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile walk. Ages 8+.

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, April 7, 2017 @ Kings Road Trailhead (#9) (4/7/2017 -> 12:00pm–1:00pm ) ( Albany NY 12205)

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

Directions to Kings Highway Barrens (#9) from The Discovery Center:

Go straight at the traffic light at the end of the driveway onto Old State Road. Follow Old State Rd. 0.6 miles to a 3 way stop sign. At the stop sign, turn right onto Kings Road. Continue straight on Kings Road for 1.3 miles.The trailhead will be on your right hand side of the road. Look for the sandy pull off area, split rail fencing, and brown kiosk. (518) 456-0655

Wild and Wacky Woodcock Walk
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/11/2017 -> 7:00pm–8:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission staff for our annual walk through the Pine Bush to watch the elaborate flight displays of the American Woodcock. During the mating season in early spring, male woodcocks perform amazing flight displays at dusk. Males circle high in the evening sky then plummet to the earth in a series of zigzags and whistling wings. Remember to bring your binoculars! We will start out inside and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile walk. Ages 8+.

Citizen Science: American Woodcock Training Session
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/13/2017 -> 7:00pm–8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The American Woodcock is one of the first birds back to the Albany Pine Bush in the spring and it starts singing and displaying just as quickly. Unfortunately this intriguing species has also been declining in number since the 1960s. For this reason, the American Woodcock is a species of interest in the preserve and one the Commission would like to monitor, but we need your help! Join us this evening to learn how you can become a Citizen Scientist and help us monitor American Woodcock in the preserve. Ages 15+. Free!

Wild and Wacky World of Pond
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/15/2017 -> 11:00am–12:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

What lives in a pond? Join us for an exploration and observation of the many creatures that live in a Pine Bush pond. Pond sampling materials will be provided. Dress in footwear and clothing you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. We will meet at the Discovery Center then caravan to another trailhead where we will hike approximately one mile. Program participants are responsible for their own transportation. All ages.

2.6-mile Spring Hike
Monday, April 17, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/17/2017 -> 1:00pm–3:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Research and intuition indicate that spending time in nature is good for us. Come enjoy a long hike (2.6 miles) to take in sights, sounds and smells of the spring season in a rare ecosystem. Ages 8+.

Turtle Time
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/18/2017 -> 2:00pm–2:15pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Want to see a turtle up close (but no touching)? Come to the Discovery Center and meet one of our turtles Tuesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 pm. All ages. Free!

Great Dune Hike
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/19/2017 -> 11:00am–1:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Want to explore another part of the Albany Pine Bush? Join education staff for a hike to our longest sand dune in the preserve. We will be hiking approximately two miles over rolling terrain. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the Great Dune trailhead (#8). Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Ages 8+.

Turtle Time
Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/20/2017 -> 2:00pm–2:15pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Want to see a turtle up close (but no touching)? Come to the Discovery Center and meet one of our turtles Tuesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 pm. All ages. Free!

Science Lecture Series: Science Symposium
Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/20/2017 -> 6:30pm–8:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us this evening for a special edition of our monthly Science Lecture Series. This evening will highlight many research projects conducted in the preserve through our very first Science Symposium. Visit to have some snacks and talk science with some of our researchers past and present. Ages 15+. Free!

Pond Trek
Friday, April 21, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/21/2017 -> 10:00am–11:30am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Come and explore the wonderful world of water (vernal ponds) at the Albany Pine Bush. While hiking 1.2 miles, we will observe different habitats, participate in pond sampling, identify various organisms, and discover the intricate balance of this amazing community. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9). Program participants must provide their own transportation. Dress in footwear and clothing you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

All ages.

Earth Day in the Pine Bush
Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/22/2017 -> 9:00am–12:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Come celebrate Earth Day by volunteering on a conservation project in the Pine Bush. A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather and outside working conditions and bring drinking water. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. All ages. Free!

Citizen Science: Bumble Bee Watch
Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/23/2017 -> 1:00pm–2:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

For the first time in history, bees have been added to the United States Endangered Species list. A species from the Northeast, the Rusty patched bumblebee, is being considered for listing. Bumblebees, like many other bees, have been experiencing range and abundance declines due to pesticide use, spread of diseases by commercial pollinators, habitat destruction and climate change. Measuring that decline is difficult to do on a large scale, which is where you come in! Join us today as we hike approximately one mile to look for bumblebees in the preserve and learn how you can participate in Bumble Bee Watch, a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. Ages 8+. Free!

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, May 5, 2017 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead (#7) (5/5/2017 -> 12:00pm–1:00pm ) ( NY )

Take a break from your day and join us for a one-hour long hike along the trails of the Madison Avenue Pinelands. We will meet at the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7). Adults only. Free!

Wonder Walk
Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/7/2017 -> 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. All ages.

Citizen Science: Eastern Whip-poor-will Survey Training
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/9/2017 -> 7:00pm–8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Although it once kept people up at night, now the song of the Whip-poor-will is a rare sound in the Pine Bush. A nocturnal bird that is classified in the family of Nightjars, the Whip-poor-will has been in decline in New York for the past two decades. We hope to see it return as we restore its habitat but we need your help to monitor for this now-rare species. Join us this evening to learn how you can become a Citizen Scientist and help us monitor Whip-poor-wills in the preserve. Ages 15+. Free!

Citizen Science: Full Moon Frog Watch
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/10/2017 -> 7:30pm–9:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us this evening for a full moon hike to listen to our summer chorus of frogs and toads. We will hike approximately two miles over rolling terrain to conduct a short survey and document the frogs and toads that we hear. Ages 10+. Free!

Birds and Bagels
Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/13/2017 -> 7:30am–9:30am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Bring your appetite and your binoculars for a morning bird walk along the trails of Karner Barrens East. We’ll start with some breakfast and then head out to the trail for a hike. We will plan to be out for 2 hours, the distance will vary depending on how many birds we see and stop to watch. Please meet at the Discovery Center. Ages 10+.

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