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.
First Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ Kings Road Barrens trailhead (#9) (10/2/2015 -> 12:00pm – 1:00pm) ( Albany NY 12205)
Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.2 mile hike at Kings Road Barrens. We will meet at the Kings Road trailhead (#9). Adults only.
Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/3/2015 -> 11:00am – 12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Join us for a 0.9 mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. Ages 6+.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/4/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Porcupines, also known as quill pigs are the only mammal in North America with quills and they live here in the Pine Bush. Join us for a talk and a walk to learn more about these interesting and elusive animals. We will walk approximately one mile. Ages 6+.
Neighborhood Walk: Blueberry Hill West (Trailhead #5)
Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5) (10/10/2015 -> 2:00pm-3:30pm) ( Albany NY 12205)
Join us for a neighborhood walk in the Blueberry Hill West region of the Preserve located adjacent to the Dunes neighborhood. We will hike 1.37 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 Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5). Ages 8+. Free!
Smokey Bear Day
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/12/2015 -> 10:00am-2:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Drop in and meet Smokey Bear and friends at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center! Learn from Smokey how the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission uses prescribed fire to keep this habitat healthy. There will be prescribed fire equipment on hand for visitors to see and try out, a relay race for kids and Smokey goody bags for visitors to take home. All ages. Free!
Science Lecture Series: Birding while sound asleep – using audio recording to follow bird migration
Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/15/2015 -> 7:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Many birds migrate at night and call as they fly. Beginning in 2014 the Albany Pine Bush Preserve joined two other sites in Albany County in a study of bird migration by acoustic monitoring. Local birder and naturebits.org founder David Martin has been recording the birds’ calls to follow fall migration for over six years. Join us this evening for a presentation of how acoustic monitoring works, what the data has taught us so far and learn how the Pine Bush stacks up next to some of his other sites. Ages 15+. Free!
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/17/2015 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Changing foliage is all around. Come and join us for a 2.6 mile hike while we take in the beautiful scenery of this rare ecosystem. Ages 8+.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/24/2015 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Would you like to learn more about white tail deer in the Albany Pine Bush? Come and join us for an afternoon program on the largest mammal in the Pine Bush. We will start inside with a short introduction to deer anatomy and behavior and then continue outside for a 0.9 mile hike looking for signs of deer in their habitat. Ages 6+.
Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/25/2015 -> 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.
Celebrating Ten Years of Stewardship
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/27/2015 -> 6:00pm – 8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Friends of the Pine Bush Community.
Sensory Night Hike
Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/29/2015 -> 6:30pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
It’s that time of year when we associate with dark and spooky things. On this multi-sensory tour of the Pine Bush after sun-down, we will explore nocturnal adaptations through hands on activities. Participants will walk away with a new found appreciation for the nocturnal world. We will hike 0.9 miles. Ages 6+.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (10/31/2015 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Spiders are feared by many but are actually an important part of our ecosystem. Are you already a fan? Or just a little bit afraid? Come learn more about these crawling creatures in the Pine Bush and join us for a 0.9 mile walk and discussion as we explore what makes spiders special. All ages.
Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit Opening
Sunday, November 1, 2015 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (11/1/2015 -> 1:00pm-4:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)
Each visitor views the Albany Pine Bush Preserve from a unique vantage point worthy of celebrating and sharing. Join us on November 1st from 1-4pm for the unveiling of this year’s juried photo exhibit, celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Juror selected awards will be presented and light snacks will be provided. All ages. Free!