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.

Help us design our new trailhead kiosks!
Friday, July 3, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/12/2015, 7/3/2015) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Take a short survey to help us design our new trailhead kiosks!

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, July 3, 2015 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7) (7/3/2015 -> 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!

Inde-pond-ance Day
Saturday, July 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/4/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:30am) (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. Please wear long pants and appropriate footwear for mud and water. We will meet at the Discovery Center then drive to the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead and hike approximately one- half mile to the pond with a round trip hike distance of approximately one mile.  Program participants are responsible for their own transportation. All ages.

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Sunday, July 5, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/5/2015 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush staff on a 0.9 mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the rare Karner blue butterfly.  Once common in the glacial Lake Albany sand belt, the Karner blue has plummeted in numbers over the past 40 years and is now listed as a federally endangered species.  Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction. Ages 15+

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

Explore the amazing relationship between the endangered Karner blue butterfly and wild blue lupine and experience a short walk to observe the home of this special insect and plant. Register children, not adults. Ages 2 -6.

Pine Bush Pups: A Perfect Match
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/8/2015 -> 10:00am – 11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Explore the amazing relationship between the endangered Karner blue butterfly and wild blue lupine and experience a short walk to observe the home of this special insect and plant. Register children, not adults. Ages 2 -6.

Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/12/2015 -> 1:00pm – 4:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus. We will discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. Also included will be a discussion of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. There will be a two-hour workshop session followed by a one-hour hike around the Pine Bush so that we can practice our skills. If you have a camera, from a cellphone camera to a digital SLR, we encourage you to bring it! Ages 10+. Special program fee: $10 per person.

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+.

Having trouble registering? Give us a call 518-456-0655
Friday, July 31, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/2/2015, 7/31/2015) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

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.

 

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