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Butterflies of the Albany Pine Bush

Sunday, June 26, 2022  |  1:00 pm

Come join us for a celebration of National Pollinator Week with a 0.9-mile guided hike over rolling dune topography, during which we'll practice our butterfly observation and identification skills and learn about the important role these insects play in this rare ecosystem.

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School's Out Hike

Tuesday, June 28, 2022  |  11:00 am

The school year is over and what better way to celebrate the start of summer vacation than by getting outdoors for a hike. Kids, bring an adult for a 2.6-mile hike over rolling sand dunes.

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Nature Night Out

Wednesday, June 29, 2022  |  4:00 pm

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve presents "Nature Night Out", a series of three summer evening events that invite everyone to drop everything and get into nature. The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will extend operations until 7:30pm on each of these days, capitalizing on those longer sunlit summer hours.

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Community Science: National Butterfly Count Volunteer Training

Wednesday, June 29, 2022  |  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, 2022.

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Discover the Pine Bush

Saturday, July 2, 2022  |  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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Pine Bush Pups: A Perfect Match - Karner Blue Butterflies and Wild Blue Lupine

Tuesday, July 5, 2022  |  10:00 am

Come learn about Karner blue butterflies, wild blue lupine flowers and why we call them a perfect match. Suitable for ages under 6 with caregivers.

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Pine Bush Pups: A Perfect Match - Karner Blue Butterflies and Wild Blue Lupine

Wednesday, July 6, 2022  |  10:00 am

Come learn about Karner blue butterflies, wild blue lupine flowers and why we call them a perfect match. Suitable for ages under 6 with caregivers.

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Turtle Time

Wednesday, July 6, 2022  |  2:00 pm

It's Turtle Time! Join us for a brief introduction to one of our Discovery Center turtle ambassadors on select Wednesdays and Fridays this summer from 2:00-2:15. A maximum of 30 individuals will be allowed in the classroom for each program. Participants will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis.

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Turtle Time

Friday, July 8, 2022  |  2:00 pm

It's Turtle Time! Join us for a brief introduction to one of our Discovery Center turtle ambassadors on select Wednesdays and Fridays this summer from 2:00-2:15. A maximum of 30 individuals will be allowed in the classroom for each program. Participants will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis.

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CDTA Nature Bus Service

Saturday, July 9, 2022  |  9:00 am

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the Capital District Transportation Authority , and local project partners, like the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, have come together again to offer free Saturday CDTA bus service to connect City of Albany residents to eight natural spaces in and around Albany.

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Pine Bush Pups: Insect Investigation

Tuesday, July 12, 2022  |  10:00 am

Creepy, crawly. squishy, smally. Insects abound in the preserve. Suitable for ages under 6 with caregivers.

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Pine Bush Pups: Insect Investigation

Wednesday, July 13, 2022  |  10:00 am

Creepy, crawly. squishy, smally. Insects abound in the preserve. Suitable for ages under 6 with caregivers.

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Turtle Time

Wednesday, July 13, 2022  |  2:00 pm

It's Turtle Time! Join us for a brief introduction to one of our Discovery Center turtle ambassadors on select Wednesdays and Fridays this summer from 2:00-2:15. A maximum of 30 individuals will be allowed in the classroom for each program. Participants will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis.

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Karner Blue Butterfly Walk

Thursday, July 14, 2022  |  11:00 am

Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and our efforts to rescue this species from the brink of extinction.

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Family Fun Hike

Friday, July 15, 2022  |  11:00 am

Join us for a mid-summer family hike.

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Turtle Time

Friday, July 15, 2022  |  2:00 pm

It's Turtle Time! Join us for a brief introduction to one of our Discovery Center turtle ambassadors on select Wednesdays and Fridays this summer from 2:00-2:15. A maximum of 30 individuals will be allowed in the classroom for each program. Participants will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis.

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Community Science: Tracking Turkeys in New York State

Saturday, July 16, 2022  |  11:00 am

DEC wildlife biologist Mike Schiavone will discuss this wildlife restoration success story and how you can help track turkeys while you are out and about this summer.

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Pine Bush Pups: Explore Six-Mile Waterworks

Tuesday, July 19, 2022  |  10:00 am

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. Suitable for ages under 6 with caregivers.

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Pine Bush Pups: Explore Six-Mile Waterworks

Wednesday, July 20, 2022  |  10:00 am

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. Suitable for ages under 6 with caregivers.

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Book Club

Wednesday, July 20, 2022  |  7:00 pm

The next Friends of the Pine Bush Community Book Club will take place on Wednesday, July 20th from 7:00-8:15pm online. The book is Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard.

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