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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.

Science Lecture Series: Are Invasive Shrubs Aiding and Abetting Ticks?
Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/16/2016 -> 7:00pm-8:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Ticks seem to be everywhere these days, but they were not something that most Northeasterners worried about until relatively recently. The underlying causes of this expansion are complex, and the scientific community is still working to unravel this puzzle. However, many have noted a relationship between invasive shrubs and tick densities. This lecture will provide an overview of the ecology of the black-legged tick and then dive into the role that invasive shrubs may play, and the degree to which removing invasive shrubs might control tick populations. Dr. Alan Giese, Associate Professor of Biology at Lyndon State College in Vermont, has been studying ticks since 2011. Ages 15+. Free!

Tales from the Taverns
Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ C.H. Evans Brewing Company at The Albany Pump Station (6/18/2016 -> 4:00pm-6:00pm) (19 Quackenbush Square Albany NY 12207)

Join us at C.H. Evans Brewing Company at The Albany Pump Station for stories about the historic taverns that once hosted travelers passing through the Pine Bush and enjoy some local brews as we celebrate “New York’s Path Through History” weekend. Savory hors d’ oeuvres, one complimentary Evan’s Ale pint or soda, private room with cash bar, and free Albany Pine Bush pint glass; all with the purchase of your ticket. This program is recommended for Adults.

Legends and Lore
Sunday, June 19, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/19/2016 -> 1:00pm-2:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Fraught with tales of burglary, ghosts, fire, and more the human history of the Pine Bush weaves between fact and fiction, imagination and reality.  Join us on New York’s Path Through History weekend for an afternoon program of legends and tales from the old dusty paths of the Pine Bush. We will walk 0.9 miles. Ages 8+.

Midweek Walk
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/22/2016 -> 5:30pm-7:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Do you want to learn more about the Pine Bush? Get some exercise? Join us for a brisk 2.6 mile walk over rolling terrain. We will stop occasionally to take in the natural happenings around us. Ages 15+. Free!

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Pine Bush Quilts
Friday, June 24, 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.

School’s Out Hike
Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/25/2016 -> 11:00am-12:30pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

YEAH! School’s out and what a great way to celebrate by getting outdoors for a hike.  Kids bring your parents for a 2.6 mile hike over rolling sand dunes. We will explore this rare ecosystem through hands-on activities and discover many seasonal surprises. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Ages 6+. Free!

Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography
Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/26/2016 -> 1:00pm- 4:00pm) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus. We will discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. Also included will be a discussion of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. There will be a two-hour workshop session followed by a one-hour hike around the Pine Bush so that we can practice our skills. If you have a camera, from a cellphone camera to a digital SLR, we encourage you to bring it! Ages 10+. Special program fee: $10 per person.

Nature Journaling
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (6/28/2016 -> 10:00am- 11:30am) (195 New Karner Road Albany NY 12205)

Come spend part of your morning with us as we draw inspiration from nature and pause to observe life in the Pine Bush.  We will combine drawing, scientific observation, poetry and more as we each record a visit to the Pine Bush in our own creative way. Ages 6+.

Friday Walk and Talk
Friday, July 1, 2016 @ Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7) (7/1/2016 -> 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ) ( 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!

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!

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!

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