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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.

Earth Day in the Pine Bush
Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/16/2016 -> 9:00am-12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

Come celebrate Earth Day a little bit early 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!

Wonder Walk
Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/17/2016 -> 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. Ages 6+.

American Woodcock Survey Training
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/20/2016 -> 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!

Science Lecture Series: Gone but not forgotten? Do black locust trees leave a
Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/21/2016 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

We can see the progress that efforts to restore Pine Bush habitat over the last decade or more have made – fewer exotic species like black locust, and more native species like lupines and the Karner blue butterflies they support. But are these efforts translating to the whole ecosystem, including soil biology and chemistry? Dr. Jeff Corbin of Union College has been looking at whether restoring the plant and animal communities also translates to these critical ecosystem components. Join us this evening as Dr. Corbin discusses the results of his research and what it means for future efforts to restore the Pine Bush. Ages 15+. Free!

Sunset Symphony
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/22/2016 -> 6:30pm-8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

Enjoy the Pine Bush at night while listening for the creatures that utter the peeps, chirps and trills so familiar in spring.  Join us on a 1.2 mile evening walk at Kings Highway Barrens to listen for the spring sunset symphony and identify the calls of the frogs and toads responsible for these seasonal sounds. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the trailhead (#9). Participants must provide their own transportation. Waterproof boots are recommended. All ages.

Solarize Albany!
Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/23/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

Interested in solar energy?  Join Solarize Albany at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center for a short Power Point presentation that describes the Solarize concept and lays out specifics for homeowners. Solarize Albany is a volunteer and not-for-profit team of your neighbors assisting in the transition to sustainable energy through education, outreach and the bulk-purchasing benefits of pre-vetted technologies and pre-screened vendors. Solarize Albany is working cooperatively with Solarize Troy, Solarize Saratoga, Helderberg Community Energy and the Schenectady & Southern Saratoga groups through the Capital District Regional Planning Commission. Ages 15+ Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/24/2016 -> 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. Free!

Pine Bush Explorers: Hunger Kill Barrens
Monday, April 25, 2016 @ Trailhead #10: Hunger Kill Barrens (4/25/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

 

Did you know that there are eleven different trailheads in the Pine Bush? Join us at trailhead #10 to explore the Hunger Kill Barrens part of the preserve. We will walk approximately one mile through closed canopy forests of towering white pines and riparian ravines and also observe areas disturbed by development. We will meet at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead (#10). All ages. Free!

Pine Bush Explorers: Kings Highway Barrens
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ Trailhead #9: Kings Highway Barrens (4/26/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

 

Did you know that there are eleven different trailheads in the Pine Bush? Join us at trailhead #9 to explore the Kings Highway Barrens part of the preserve. We will walk 1.2 miles through native pitch pine forests and invasive black locust forests, stopping along the way to check out a small pond. We will meet at the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9). Ages 6+. Free!

Wild and Wacky Woodcock Walk
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/27/2016 -> 7:30pm-9:00pm) (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. All ages.

Pine Bush Explorers: Karner Barrens East, Yellow Trail
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (4/27/2016 -> 1:00pm-3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

Did you know that there are eleven different trailheads in the Pine Bush? Join us in the Karner Barrens East region of the preserve to walk one of the longer trail in the preserve, the yellow trail. We will walk 2.6 miles over rolling sand dunes and past vernal ponds. We will meet in the Discovery Center for this walk.  Ages 8+. Free!

Pine Bush Explorers: DiCaprio Park
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ Trailhead #11: DiCaprio Park (4/28/2016 -> 10:00am- 12:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

 

Did you know that there are eleven different trailheads in the Pine Bush? We will meet at the DiCaprio Park trailhead (#11). We will walk approximately two miles up and down steep sandy terrain, over a river and through the woods and back out to the trailhead (no we are not going to Grandma’s house). Ages 8+. Free!

Pine Bush Explorers: Blueberry Hill West
Friday, April 29, 2016 @ Trailhead #5: Blueberry Hill West (4/29/2016 -> 10:00am-11:30pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

 

Did you know that there are eleven different trailheads in the Pine Bush? Join us at the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) for a 1.4 mile walk up and down rolling sandy terrain to view newly restored area. We will meet at the Blueberry Hill West trailhead. Ages 8+. Free!

Pine Bush Explorers: Great Dune
Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ Trailhead #8: Great Dune (4/30/2016 -> 10:00am-12:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

 

Did you know that there are eleven different trailheads in the Pine Bush? Join us at the Great Dune trailhead (#8) where we will walk approximately two miles over rolling terrain to view the largest sand dune in the Pine Bush preserve. We will meet at the Great Dune trailhead. Ages 8+. Free!

Tree Trek
Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/1/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

TREES! We love them and we need them. Celebrate National Arbor Day a few days late by exploring the importance of trees and some of the different species we have in the Pine Bush. We will hike 0.9 miles over rolling terrain. Ages 6+.

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, May 6, 2016 @ Madison Avenue trailhead (#7) (5/6/2016 -> 12:00pm- 1:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

 

Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.5 mile hike at Madison Avenue. We will meet at the Madison Avenue trailhead (#7). Adults only. Free!

Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/7/2016 -> 8:00am- 10:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

Grab your binoculars and join us for a morning bird walk along the trails of Karner Barrens East. We plan to walk approximately two miles. Please meet at the Discovery Center. Ages 10+.

Lupine Fest 2016: A Pine Bush Block Party
Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/14/2016 -> 11:00am – 5:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

 

Join your neighbors at a celebration of the Capital Region’s globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush.

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