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Located within New York's Capital District, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of only twenty inland pine barrens left in the entire world and widely considered to be the best example. The 3,200-acre Preserve is predominantly defined by gently rolling sand dunes that support an extraordinary fire-dependent habitat. Home to more than 45 New York State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, this globally-rare ecosystem also offers visitors 18 miles of trails for an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing.
The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interpretive center that introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, this LEED Gold-certified "green" building transforms a visit to our unique destination into an even more exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, the interpretive Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history and cultural history of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is now open DAILY weekdays 9AM-4PM, weekends 10AM-4PM (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.
PRE-K PROGRAM. Does a deer make a noise in the woods? What does a deer look like, where does it live, what does it eat, and what might it leave be... View Details
When the air is cold and there is snow on the ground it may seem like nothing is alive but the space between the ground and the snow surface can be ... View Details
Ever wonder why animals behave the way they do? So did Niko Tinbergen! A Nobel Prize laureate, Tinbergen was famous for his behavioral studies on anim... View Details
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 th... View Details
Should I stay or should I go? Many birds leave the Pine Bush for the cold winter months and fly south. Others stay year round, through sun and rain, s... View Details
"Talk of mysteries! - Think of our life in nature, - daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, - rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks!&qu... View Details
A celebration honoring the lupine wildflower and its importance to the conservation of endangered butterflies. View Details
"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm."- Theodo... View Details
Wild turkey populations have changed dramatically in New York, from their complete absence for almost 100 years, to historic highs in the early 2000s,... View Details