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Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

  • 195 New Karner Rd Albany, NY 12205
  • Albany Metro
  • Overview

    The 3,300+ - acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals, which includes 76 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, such as the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area and Bird Conservation Area, and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and over 20 miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities. The Management Plan for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve guides all aspects of creating and managing the preserve. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, is a “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a fee for some programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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    • Monday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 9am-4pm
    • Tuesday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 9am-4pm
    • Wednesday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 9am-4pm
    • Thursday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 9am-4pm
    • Friday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 9am-4pm
    • Saturday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 10am-4pm
    • Sunday Hours: Trails open every day, 24 hours; Discovery Center 10am-4pm
    • Tour Times: There are several tours offered each month (year round) and at different times of day www.albanypinebush.org/events/calendar
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