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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.

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.

Whip-poor-will Survey Training
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/18/2016 -> 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!

Science Lecture Series: Bees and Beetles in the Pine Bush
Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/19/2016 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

How do beetle communities recover and recolonize after fire? And what does our native bee population look like 20 years later? Find the answers to these questions as Dr. M. Sam Adams conducts this science lecture about his recent research in the Preserve. Ages 15+. Free!

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/21/2016 -> 1:00pm- 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Observe Endangered Species Day with us and learn about one of the most rare animals of the Pine Bush – the Karner blue butterfly. We will hike 0.9 miles along the blue trail of the Pine Bush Preserve to observe the endangered Karner blue. Once common in the glacial Lake Albany sand belt, the Karner blue has plummeted in numbers over the past 40 years. Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction. All ages.

Terrific Turtles
Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/22/2016 -> 1:00pm- 3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us to celebrate World Turtle Day a day early. Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? They’re here! In this program, we will learn what kinds of turtles live in the Pine Bush, where they live, and how they survive. We will start our program indoors with a live turtle presentation and then caravan to Six Mile Waterworks trailhead (#3) for a hike into turtle habitat. Program participants must provide their own transportation. We will be hiking approximately one-half mile. All ages.

Certified Seed Collectors volunteer training
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/24/2016 -> 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 5/26/2016 -> 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 5/28/2016 -> 9:00am – 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush (APB) Certified Seed Collector is an important and greatly appreciated volunteer position, essential to maintaining the integrity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve as a unique natural area.  The APB Certified Seed Collector helps to facilitate restoration of our globally rare ecosystem by by scouting for native seed patches throughout the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, collecting ripe native seed, and leading volunteers on weekend seed collecting trips.  In order to become a Certified Seed Collector, volunteers must complete a minimum of 7 hours of classroom and in the field training. Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory, training Sessions will be held at the following times: Tuesday May 24 from 6:30pm-8:30pm; Thursday, May 26 from 6:30pm-8:30pm; and Saturday, May 28 from 9am-12pm. The three evening sessions will be indoors, the Saturday morning session will be outdoors rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. We will meet for all training sessions at the Pine Bush Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205

Midweek Walk
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/25/2016 -> 5:30pm- 7:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Do you want to learn more about the Pine Bush? Get some exercise? Join us for a brisk 2.6 mile walk over rolling terrain. We will stop occasionally to take in the natural happenings around us. Ages 15+. Free!

Spittlebugs
Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/28/2016 -> 11:00am- 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Are those bubbles? Is it a cocoon or is it spit? No, it’s a spittlebug! Join us for a 0.9 mile walk and talk about this common and harmless insect here in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and throughout the United States. Ages 6+.

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Sunday, May 29, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/29/2016 -> 1:00pm- 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff on a 0.9 mile hike to see the 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 our efforts to rescue this species from the brink of extinction. Ages 6+.

Discover the Pine Bush
Monday, May 30, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (5/30/2016 -> 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!

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