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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.

Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit
Saturday, January 2, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/1/2015, 1/2/2016) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for the unveiling of this year’s juried photo exhibit, see who won the top honors, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY Fee: Free! Please call 518-456-0655 for exhibit hours.

Kids’ New Year Bird Count
Saturday, January 2, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/2/2016 -> 8:30am-10:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Start a new tradition this winter and join us for our sixth annual Kids’ New Year Bird Count. We will start inside with an introduction to bird watching and then head outside to count and identify birds we see along the trails. Our program will finish up with hot cocoa and the final tally for the day. A fun morning for beginning birders! Please dress warmly. Binoculars will be provided. Ages 6+. Free!

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation
Sunday, January 3, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/3/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

How are your detective skills? Do you have what it takes to be on a team of nature investigators, solving Pine Bush mysteries, by examining evidence? Join us for a 30 minute indoor introduction followed by a 0.9 mile outdoor trek to look for clues and evidence of what lives in the Pine Bush. Ages 6+.

Pine Bush Pups: Winter Birds
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/5/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Fluff up your feathers and come explore birds in winter!  We will learn who sticks around through the coldest months of the year, and how these birds survive just outside our window. We’ll also make a take-home bird feeder and go for a short walk to see if we can observe our feathered friends. Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Pine Bush Pups: Winter Birds
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/6/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Fluff up your feathers and come explore birds in winter!  We will learn who sticks around through the coldest months of the year, and how these birds survive just outside our window. We’ll also make a take-home bird feeder and go for a short walk to see if we can observe our feathered friends. Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Snowpack Monitoring
Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/10/2016 -> 2:00pm-3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

The amount of snow we get can affect a lot in the Pine Bush, from how much water there is in vernal ponds for frogs and salamanders to how many Karner blue butterflies survive the cold winter temperatures. You can help us track these effects by measuring the depth of snow in your own backyard. If you live within half a mile of the Preserve, please join us this afternoon to learn how to collect and submit measurements that will help us explain how the flora and fauna of the Pine Bush survive the winter. Snow monitoring materials will be provided. Ages 15+. Free!

Snowshoe Adventure
Saturday, January 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/16/2016 -> 10:30am-12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Have you tried snowshoeing?  The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a great place to get started with this fun sport.  Join us for a 0.9 mile hike on snowshoes.  We’ll explore the frozen landscape of the Pine Barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing.  Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. If there is not enough snow on the ground we will hike without snowshoes.  All ages.

Feisty Fishers
Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/17/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Are fishers cats? Do they really eat fish? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the fisher. Then we will continue outside for a walk in the Preserve as we look for signs of the fisher. We plan to walk approximately one mile.  Ages 6+.

Owl Investigation
Monday, January 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/18/2016 -> 1:00pm – 2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Curious about owls? Join us to learn about the owls that live in the Pine Bush and the signs they leave behind. We will start with a short presentation and then dissect owl pellets, a sign that owls are active in the area. Ages 8+.

Pine Bush Pups: Pups on Snowshoes
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/19/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Bring your 2-6 year old(s) for a slow-paced snowshoeing exploration. Snowshoes will be provided for everyone. If there is not enough snow on the ground we will hike. Be prepared to slow down for the little ones, and bring warm clothing and plenty of drinking water. Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Pine Bush Pups: Pups on Snowshoes
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/20/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Bring your 2-6 year old(s) for a slow-paced snowshoeing exploration. Snowshoes will be provided for everyone. If there is not enough snow on the ground we will hike. Be prepared to slow down for the little ones, and bring warm clothing and plenty of drinking water. Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Science Lecture Series: Ants of the Pine Bush
Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/21/2016 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

When E.O. Wilson visited the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in 1999, he speculated that the Preserve would have interesting ants. Until 2012, however, ants had only been studied at the preserve with regard to their relationship with Karner blue butterfly larvae. In 2014, Grace Barber earned an M.S. from UMass Amherst after studying ants at the APBP and other inland pine barrens in NYS for two years. At tonight’s lecture, Grace will share her findings about the impressive diversity of ants at the APBP, their biology, and how differences in habitat influence these “little things that run the world”. Ages 15+. Free!

Almost Full Moon Hike
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/22/2016 -> 6:30pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with a hike under the full moon. We plan to walk 1.4 miles over rolling topography stopping intermittently to look at the night sky and for night vision and sound observations. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the Blueberry Hill west trailhead (# 5). Participants must provide their own transportation. Ages 15+.

Harvesting for Habitat
Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead (#7) (1/23/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) ( Albany NY 12205)

Why are the pine trees being cut down in the Madison Avenue Pinelands region of the Preserve? Come find out why at this program! We will hike approximately one mile to view the habitat restoration work. We will meet at the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7). Ages 15+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, January 24, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/24/2016 -> 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. All ages. Free!

Groggy Groundhogs
Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (1/31/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow when he wakes up on February 2nd? Whether you call them groundhogs or woodchucks join us to learn more about these common mammals. We will also discuss the origins of Groundhog Day and make our own predictions about how long winter will last! We will start inside and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike. All ages.

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