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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.

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/16/2016 -> 2:00pm) (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!

Meet the Ants
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/16/2016 -> 6:00pm – 7:30pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush is home to more than 53 ant species, some of which we know very little about. In this program, we will visit a site where an uncommon (for this region) ant species is known to reside and discuss what we know and don’t know about local ant ecology. We will then take a short hike (approximately one mile) to observe other ant species in the area. Participants will gather at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5). Participants must provide their own transportation and are encouraged to bring hand lenses if they have them. Ages 15+.

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/18/2016 -> 2:00pm) (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 – Lessons from the Adirondacks: Studying Vernal Pool Amphibians in an Intact Wetland Landscape
Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/18/2016 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Wetlands represent some of the most threatened ecosystems in the United States. While wetland loss and degradation continues in the present day, the roots of these changes can be traced back to the arrival of European settlers on the continent and the subsequent expansion of agriculture. This long history of loss and alteration presents a challenge for those seeking to conserve and restore wetlands, like those found in the globally rare Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Specifically, our understanding of the functioning of wetland systems and the biodiversity that relies upon them is often built upon research conducted in systems that are already highly modified. Dr. David Patrick will explain how the Adirondack Park provides an ideal opportunity to assess how wetland biodiversity functions across a largely intact wetland landscape and how we can use this information as a baseline to inform restoration efforts. Ages 15+. Free!

The Buzz of the Pine Bush Bees
Friday, August 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/19/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Did you know that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to over 100 species of native bees and wasps? Join us in this program for an indoor introduction to these native beauties and then examine them on the trail during a 0.9 mile hike. Learn how much we owe these insects and how you can help native pollinators in your own backyard! All ages.

Hug a Tree
Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/20/2016 -> 11:00am- 12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Calling all kids!! Would you know what to do if you were outside playing or hiking and became lost? If you’re not sure, this program is for you. Hug a Tree was developed to teach children a few of the most basic and vital survival principles. It was specifically designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. We will start with an indoor presentation and demonstrations followed by an outside presentation (including a rescue dog!). There will be a guided hike following the program. Please sign up separately if you would like to attend the hike below. Ages 6+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush following Hug a Tree
Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/20/2016 -> 12:00pm – 1:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

If you participated in the Hug a Tree program join us afterwards for this guided hike. 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. Registration in the Hug a Tree program does not guarantee registration in the hike, please register separately. Ages 6+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, August 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/21/2016 -> 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!

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/23/2016 -> 2:00pm) (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: Drop-In Nighthawk Watch
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/24/2016 -> 5:30pm-7:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

With a 2-foot wingspan and a habit of feeding in the air near the ground, Common Nighthawks are easy to spot. Dozens to hundreds of the birds are seen each evening before sunset during migration as they feed over the Preserve. A New York State designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need, the Common Nighthawk is neither common (outside of migration) nor a hawk, and is experiencing declines throughout many parts of its breeding range including New York. We invite you to join us in the Discovery Center parking lot to count common nighthawks flying over Albany Pine Bush Preserve as they continue on their over 6,000-mile southward migration. Feel free to come any time between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and stay as long as you like. Ages 10+. Free!

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/25/2016 -> 2:00pm) (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!

Neighborhood Walk – DiCaprio Park
Friday, August 26, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/26/2016 -> 10:30am – 11:30am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Calling all neighbors, join us for a guided walk located at the DiCaprio soccer fields. We will hike approximately two miles over rolling and steep topography stopping along the way to explore the diversity of species that live in this region of the Preserve. We will meet at the DiCaprio Park trailhead (#11). Ages 8+. Free!

Wildflower Stroll
Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/27/2016 -> 10:30am – 12:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a diversity of wildflowers. Join us for a summer stroll where we’ll stop to identify and observe some of the beautiful wildflowers of summer. We will walk approximately one mile. Ages 10+.

Antlions: Ferocious Creatures in the Sand
Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/28/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (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.

It’s Turtle Time
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/30/2016 -> 2:00pm) (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: Incredible Insects
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/30/2016 -> 10:00am – 11:00am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Creepy, crawly. squishy, smally. Insects abound in the Pine Bush. Through hands on exploration, a short hike and craft we will learn the ins and outs of these incredible insects. Register children, not adults. Ages 2-6.

Pine Bush Pups: Incredible Insects
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (8/31/2016 -> 10:00am – 11:00am ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Creepy, crawly. squishy, smally. Insects abound in the Pine Bush. Through hands on exploration, a short hike and craft we will learn the ins and outs of these incredible insects. Register children, not adults. Ages 2-6.

It’s Turtle Time
Thursday, September 1, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/1/2016 -> 2:00pm) (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!

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, September 2, 2016 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7) (9/2/2016 -> 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!

Neighborhood Walk – DiCaprio Park
Saturday, September 3, 2016 @ DiCaprio Park trailhead (#11) (9/3/2016 -> 10:30am – 11:30am) ( Albany NY 12205)

Calling all neighbors, join us for a guided walk located at the DiCaprio soccer fields. We will hike approximately one mile over rolling and steep topography stopping along the way to explore the diversity of species that live in this region of the Preserve. We will meet at the DiCaprio Park trailhead (#11). This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 8+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, September 4, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/4/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (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. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. All ages. Free!

Pine Bush GPS Adventure
Monday, September 5, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/5/2016 -> 10:30am – 12:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Search for hidden objects using a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) unit that will help you navigate the trails. Learn which buttons do what, how to locate your position on Earth, and how to find your way back to places you’ve been! GPS units are provided. Ages 8+.

Restoration Hike
Sunday, September 11, 2016 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7) (9/11/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Come witness the transformation of the Pine Bush. Through habitat management, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is restoring the Pine Bush to an open pine barrens. One of only 20 left in the world! Join us for a hike along the trails and learn how the Commission is bringing this globally rare ecosystem back. We will be meeting at the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7) and hiking approximately one mile over rolling sand dunes. This is a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. Ages 8+. Free!

Science Lecture Series – Making Tracks: The Archeology of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, America’s Pioneering Railroad
Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/15/2016 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm ) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

One of America’s oldest passenger railroads once steamed through the Pine Bush.  Approximately 1,000 feet of the original bed and grade of the railroad used from 1832-1844 still remains and is protected by the City of Albany via an archeological easement.  The easement which lies across from the University of Albany and the interchange of I-90 and I-87 is considered prime commercial real estate.  Under pressure from developers several years ago, the city permitted a small section of the grade to be removed allowing for an access road to a hotel.  To mitigate the impacts, archeologists from Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc. conducted an  investigation, from which numerous details concerning the early engineering and construction of the railroad were unearthed.  Matthew Kirk, Principal Investigator will discuss the history of the rail line through the Pine Bush, the archeology of the original grade, and the current state of railroad remnants. Ages 15+. Free!

 

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