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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 Pups: Sleeping Sleeping All Winter Long
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/2/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Sleeping all winter long may sound like an easy way to deal with winter, but hibernation comes with its own challenges and risks.  We will explore hibernation through story, song and play and learn what hibernation means and which animals of the Pine Bush hibernate. We will go for a short walk. Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Pine Bush Pups: Sleeping Sleeping All Winter Long
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/3/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Sleeping all winter long may sound like an easy way to deal with winter, but hibernation comes with its own challenges and risks.  We will explore hibernation through story, song and play and learn what hibernation means and which animals of the Pine Bush hibernate. We will go for a short walk. Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Deep Freeze
Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/6/2016 -> 11:00am-12:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Frogs are silent during these cold and snowy months, the curved shape of turtles can’t be seen on the logs in the wetland, and no snakes can be heard moving through the brush. Amphibians and reptiles have unique ways to survive through the winter weather. Join us for this program and learn why we call it “deep freeze”. Please be prepared for the weather, as we will be hiking approximately one mile. Ages 8+.

Snowshoe Adventure
Sunday, February 7, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/7/2016 -> 1:00pm-3:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Join us for a 2.6 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. Adults only.

Winter Survival in the Pine Bush: Mammals
Monday, February 15, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/15/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Winter in the Pine Bush can be difficult no matter who you are. Come learn about how mammals survive the winter here and test your skills with a mammal survival challenge. We will start inside with a short presentation and then continue outside for activities and an approximately one-half mile hike. Ages 6+.

Pine Bush Pups: Neat Feet
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/16/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Who passed this way? Help us look for signs of animals that live in the Pine Bush. We will explore the practice of identifying animals by their tracks, read a book, play a game, and then create our own tracks! Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Winter Survival in the Pine Bush: Birds
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/16/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Winter in the Pine Bush can be difficult no matter who you are. Come learn about how birds survive the winter here and test your skills with a bird survival challenge. We will start inside with a short presentation and then continue outside for activities and an approximately one-half mile hike. Ages 6+.

Pine Bush Pups: Neat Feet
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/17/2016 -> 10:00am-11:00am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Who passed this way? Help us look for signs of animals that live in the Pine Bush. We will explore the practice of identifying animals by their tracks, read a book, play a game, and then create our own tracks! Register children not adults. Ages 2-6.

Winter Survival in the Pine Bush: Insects
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/17/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Winter in the Pine Bush can be difficult no matter who you are. Did you know that insects are alive during the winter? Come learn about how insects survive the winter here and test your skills with an insect survival challenge. We will start inside with a short presentation and then continue outside for activities and an approximately one-half mile hike. Ages 6+.

Winter Survival in the Pine Bush: Reptiles and Amphibians
Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/18/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Winter in the Pine Bush can be difficult no matter who you are. Did you know that some amphibians freeze solid? Come learn about how reptiles and amphibians survive the winter here and test your skills with a reptile and amphibian survival challenge. We will start inside with a short presentation and then continue outside for activities and an approximately one-half mile hike. Ages 6+.

Science Lecture Series: Carrion Beetles of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/18/2016 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Carrion beetles play important roles in any ecosystem, including that of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Dr. Carmen Greenwood of SUNY Cobleskill began work last year to describe the carrion beetle community of the APBP and search for suitable habitat for a potential reintroduction of the federally endangered American Burying Beetle. In this evening’s lecture, Dr. Greenwood will educate us about carrion beetles and describe the results of her study so far. Ages 15+. Free!

Winter Survival in the Pine Bush: Human Recreation
Friday, February 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/19/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Winter in the Pine Bush can be difficult no matter who you are. Do you spend time outdoors in the winter? Learn how humans enjoy the Pine Bush in winter and explore how we keep warm and dry. Test your skills in a winter survival challenge. We will start inside with a short presentation and then continue outside for activities and an approximately one-half mile hike. Ages 6+.

Cunning Coyote
Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/20/2016 -> 11:00am-1:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Did you ever hear a coyote howl? Do you wonder where they are going or what they might be doing? 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 eastern coyote then caravan to the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) for a 1.4 mile hike in the Preserve as we look and listen for coyote signs and explore the habitat of one of the smartest, most elusive animals in the Pine Bush. Participants must provide their own transportation. Ages 6+.

Full Moon Hike
Monday, February 22, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/22/2016 -> 6:30pm-7:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with an hour long hike under the full moon. We will plan to walk 0.9 miles over rolling topography stopping intermittently for night vision and sound observations. Ages 6+.

Frog Watch Info Session
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/24/2016 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

It may be hard to believe right now but soon the spring chorus will fill your ears. Spring peepers first, followed by wood frogs and maybe even some spadefoot toads! For over 15 years, citizen scientists have been reporting data on calling frogs and toads to Frog Watch, a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Join us this evening for an information session about this amazing program and how you can participate by listening to the frogs and toads calling in your own backyard. Ages 15+. Free!

Discover the Pine Bush
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (2/27/2016 -> 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 through this 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. All ages. Free!

Harvesting for Habitat
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7) (2/28/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:00pm) ( )

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!

Visit the ID Lab Exploration Station!
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (9/1/2015, 2/29/2016) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Think you saw a WHAT? Visit our ID Lab and identify your natural mystery or build skills for your next adventure.  All ages can participate in our newest exhibit.  Discover guided and self-led activities, consult expert hosts, submit your mystery photos or use our field guides to identify your pine bush sightings.  This exhibit will be open during regular operating hours through February 2016. Take your Pine Bush knowledge to the next level!

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