Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Reservations required for all guided hikes.
You can make reservations on your mobile device or at the Visitor Services desk in the Discovery Center.

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Special Programs available for Scouts and other Community Organizations

Thursday, January 12 - Friday, June 30, 2023  |  4:00 pm

Looking for field trip ideas for your scouts or special interest group? We have 2023 program dates available for your group.

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Pine Bush Pups: Sleeping, Sleeping All Winter Long

Tuesday, January 31, 2023  |  10:00 am

Explore hibernation through story, song and play and learn what hibernation means and which animals of the Pine Bush hibernate.

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Pine Bush Pups: Sleeping, Sleeping All Winter Long

Wednesday, February 1, 2023  |  10:00 am

Explore hibernation through story, song and play and learn what hibernation means and which animals of the Pine Bush hibernate.

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Full Moon Hike at Blueberry Hill

Sunday, February 5, 2023  |  5:30 pm

Enjoy the Pine Bush under a full moon. We will meet at the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5). Snowshoes or ice cleats will be provided if needed.

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Afternoon Hike with the Friends of the Pine Bush Community

Sunday, February 12, 2023  |  1:00 pm

Join the Friends of the Pine Bush Community for an afternoon hike in the preserve! Reservations required through Meetup.com/Albany-Pine-Bush-Preserve

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Book Club

Wednesday, February 15, 2023  |  7:00 pm

The next Friends of the Pine Bush Community Book Club will take place on February 15th from 7-8:15pm online. The book - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Reservations required through Meetup.com/Albany-Pine-Bush-Preserve

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Who's that Bird? Winter Bird Identification

Thursday, February 16, 2023  |  7:00 pm

Join us for a virtual introduction to basic bird identification.

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Snowshoe Hike

Monday, February 20, 2023  |  11:00 am

We will explore the frozen landscape of the pine barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing.

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Night at the Discovery Center

Wednesday, February 22, 2023  |  4:30 pm

You're invited to Night at the Discovery Center to see the exhibits come to life! Suitable for all ages.

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PB&J: Pine Bush and Jammies Story Time and Games

Friday, February 24, 2023  |  6:30 pm

It's story time at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center! Join us for a reading of a nature story and to play a game before you head to bed. Appropriate for ages 4-7 with an adult.

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Cunning Coyote

Saturday, February 25, 2023  |  11:00 am

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!

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Discover the Pine Bush at Karner Barrens

Sunday, February 26, 2023  |  1:00 pm

Our experts will guide you along this 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history and seasonal surprises and transformations.

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Community Science: FrogWatch Volunteer Training

Wednesday, March 8, 2023  |  6:30 pm

The evening will provide an introduction to FrogWatch, a community science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Science Lecture Series: More Pine Bush? Yes please! Mapping suitable soils in New York State

Thursday, March 16, 2023  |  6:30 pm

Jeff Corbin from Union College will describe work that he carried out to map soils that could support pine barren and sandplain ecosystems.

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Community Science: iMap Invasives Volunteer Training

Wednesday, March 29, 2023  |  7:00 pm

Volunteer community scientists can make valuable contributions that help conservation professionals manage invasive species.

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Community Science: American Woodcock Survey Volunteer Training

Wednesday, April 19, 2023  |  7:00 pm

We will learn about the American woodcock, an enigmatic woodland "shorebird" that has been declining in number since the 1960s, and how you can help us monitor them in the preserve.

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Community Science: Eastern Whip-poor-will Survey Volunteer Training

Wednesday, May 10, 2023  |  7:00 pm

We will learn about the Eastern whip-poor-will and how you can help us monitor them in the preserve.

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Certified Seed Collector Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 30, 2023  |  6:30 pm

The APB Certified Seed Collector is an important and greatly appreciated volunteer position, essential to maintaining the integrity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve as a globally rare ecosystem.

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Community Science: FrogWatch Volunteer Training

Wednesday, June 7, 2023  |  6:30 pm

The evening will provide an introduction to FrogWatch, a community science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Community Science: National Butterfly Count Volunteer Training

Wednesday, June 28, 2023  |  7:00 pm

Join us to learn what butterflies can be found in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and how you can participate in the National Butterfly Count on or around July 4, 2023.

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