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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.

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Saturday, July 2, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/2/2016 -> 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ) (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. All ages.

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/3/2016 -> 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm ) (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. All ages.

Neighborhood Hike: Hunger Kill Barrens
Monday, July 4, 2016 @ Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead (#10) (7/4/2016 -> 10:00 am – 11:00 am) ( Albany NY 12205)

Calling all neighbors, join us for a guided walk in the Preserve. We will meet at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead (#10). We plan to walk approximately one mile. Ages 6+. Free!

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/5/2016 -> 2:00 pm) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, July 7, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/7/2016 -> 2:00 pm) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Pine Bush Quilts
Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/24/2016, 7/10/2016) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Pine Bush-inspired art and traditional quilts will be on display at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center from June 24 – July 10, 2016 during normal Discovery Center hours. The quilts were crafted by members of the QUILT Guild of Delmar, New York.

Pine Bush Invaders
Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/10/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Pine Bush is an extremely rare ecosystem, characterized by certain species of plants and animals. Although these organisms are well-suited to survive in the sandy, fire-prone environment, other species are now threatening to out-compete them and dramatically change the Pine Bush environment forever. In recognition of NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week, join us for a 0.9 mile hike to learn about these invaders and what the Pine Bush Commission is doing to keep them at bay. Ages 10+. Free!

Invasive Honeysuckle Removal
Monday, July 11, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/11/2016 -> 9:30 am – 11:30 am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Celebrate New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week by helping us remove invasive honeysuckle at the Albany Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to the site we will be working at. Participants must provide their own transportation. Be prepared to work off trail. All necessary equipment will be provided. Ages 15+. Free!

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/12/2016 -> 2:00 pm ) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

Invasive Honeysuckle Removal
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/12/2016 -> 9:30 am – 11:30 am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Celebrate New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week by helping us remove invasive honeysuckle at the Albany Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to the site we will be working at. Participants must provide their own transportation. Be prepared to work off trail. All necessary equipment will be provided. Ages 15+. Free!

Pine Bush Pups: Exploring Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake) (7/12/2016 -> 10:00 am – 11:00 am ) ( Albany NY 12205)

Did you ever wonder what lives in a lake besides fish and frogs? Put on your boots and be prepared to explore the waters of Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), from the edge. We will meet in the parking lot at Six Mile Waterworks, have a brief discussion, and then take a short walk to our destination. Bring your curiosity and we will provide nets and magnifiers. Register children, not adults.This program will meet at Six Mile Waterworks, not at the Discovery Center. Cash payment only will be accepted on the day of this program, credit cards may be used in advance. Ages 2-6.

Invasive Honeysuckle Removal
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/13/2016 -> 9:30 am – 11:30 am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Celebrate New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week by helping us remove invasive honeysuckle at the Albany Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to the site we will be working at. Participants must provide their own transportation. Be prepared to work off trail. All necessary equipment will be provided. Ages 15+. Free!

Pine Bush Pups: Exploring Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake)
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ Rensselaer Lake (7/13/2016 -> 10:00 am – 11:00 am ) ( Albany NY 12205)

Did you ever wonder what lives in a lake besides fish and frogs? Put on your boots and be prepared to explore the waters of Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), from the edge. We will meet in the parking lot at Six Mile Waterworks, have a brief discussion, and then take a short walk to our destination. Bring your curiosity and we will provide nets and magnifiers. Register children, not adults.This program will meet at Six Mile Waterworks, not at the Discovery Center. Cash payment only will be accepted on the day of this program, credit cards may be used in advance. Ages 2-6.

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/14/2016 -> 2:00 pm) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

Invasive Honeysuckle Removal
Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/14/2016 -> 9:30 am – 11:30 am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Celebrate New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week by helping us remove invasive honeysuckle at the Albany Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to the site we will be working at. Participants must provide their own transportation. Be prepared to work off trail. All necessary equipment will be provided. Ages 15+. Free!

Invasive Honeysuckle Removal
Friday, July 15, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/15/2016 -> 9:30 am – 11:30 am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Celebrate New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week by helping us remove invasive honeysuckle at the Albany Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center each morning and then caravan to the site we will be working at. Participants must provide their own transportation. Be prepared to work off trail. All necessary equipment will be provided. Ages 15+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/16/2016 -> 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ) (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!

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/17/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ) (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!

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/19/2016 -> 2:00 pm ) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

Citizen Science: Full Moon Frog Watch
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/19/2016 -> 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm) (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!

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/21/2016 -> 2:00 pm) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

Science Lecture Series: Ancient Forests and Champion Trees of the Northeast
Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/21/2016 -> 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

This presentation will highlight many of the Old Growth gems that exist throughout NY including the Capital Region. Fred Breglia, Executive Director of the Landis Arboretum has spent the past 15 years searching for, exploring, and documenting Ancient Forests and this presentation will highlight and feature what he has found. You will learn how to recognize the characteristics that make up old growth forests as he takes you on a virtual tour of the largest and oldest trees in the northeast. Ages 15+. Free!

Early Life in Albany
Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/21/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

This participatory program explores Henry Hudson’s voyage, Native American and Dutch trade, colonial history and Albany’s resulting development. Student re-enactment and archeological artifacts from several local excavations are used as teaching tools. Ages 8+. Free!

Neighborhood Walk – Great Dune
Friday, July 22, 2016 @ Great Dune trailhead (#8) (7/22/2016 -> 10:00 am – 12:00 pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Calling all neighbors, join us for a guided walk in the Great Dune region of the Preserve. We will hike approximately two miles over rolling topography stopping along the way to explore the diversity of species that live in this region of the Preserve. We will meet at the Great Dune trailhead (#8). Ages 8+. Free!

Citizen Science: Tracking New York’s Turkeys
Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/23/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ) (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!

Signs of Insects
Sunday, July 24, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/24/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Ever wonder about those elaborate, irregular patterns that appear on the surfaces of leaves from time to time? How about the otherwise straight stems of goldenrod flowers that suddenly swell into perfect spheres before tapering back to straight stem again? These are the works of insects. Signs of insects are all around us in the Pine Bush. Join us for a 0.9 mile hike on which we will pay special attention to the interesting things insects leave behind. All ages.

Pine Bush Pups: Use Your Senses to Explore the Pine Bush
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/26/2016 -> 10:00 am – 11:00 am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Through hands-on activities and a short hike, we will explore and experience the Albany Pine Bush Preserve using all of our senses. Register children, not adults. Ages 2-6.

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/26/2016 -> 2:00 pm ) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

Pine Bush Pups: Use Your Senses to Explore the Pine Bush
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/27/2016 -> 10:00 am – 11:00 am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Through hands-on activities and a short hike, we will explore and experience the Albany Pine Bush Preserve using all of our senses. Register children, not adults. Ages 2-6.

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/28/2016 -> 2:00 pm) (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 every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm., starting July 5th and ending September 1st. Bring your questions and curiosity. All ages. Free!

Moth Mania
Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/28/2016 -> 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush has one of the most diverse and fascinating communities of moths anywhere in the Northeast, including many species that have adapted specifically to live in the Pine Bush and other pine barrens habitats. Celebrate National Moth Week by joining us at the Discovery Center to spend an evening observing and documenting moths in the Preserve. Stay as long as you would like. Participants should plan to do some light hiking, wear dark clothing (or moths may land on you), and bring headlamps or other light sources. Cameras also welcome! Ages 6+. Free!

Citizen Science: Striped Emerald Search
Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/30/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ) (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!

Terrific Turtles
Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/30/2016 -> 10:30 am – 12:30 pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

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 continue outside for a hike into turtle habitat. We will caravan to another trailhead where we will be hiking approximately one-half mile. Participants must provide their own transportation. All ages.

Dashing Dragonflies
Sunday, July 31, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (7/31/2016 -> 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) (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 then head outside to observe Odonates as we hike about one mile. Ages 10+

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