Albany Pine Bush News

The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will be closed on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will be closed to the public for one day on Thursday, December 12, 2013. All Preserve trails will remain open and the Discovery Center will re-open on December 13, 2013.

The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interactive visitor’s center that serves as the gateway to the globally-rare Albany Pine Bush. As one of only twenty inland Pine Barrens ecosystems remaining in the world (uniquely different from coastal Pine Barrens), the Albany Pine Bush has the distinction of being considered the best remaining example. Through exhibits, an interpretive Discovery Trail, and year-round educational programs for schools, scouts, private groups and the general public, the Discovery Center teaches visitors about the unique ecology, natural history and cultural history of the Pine Bush.

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 55 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 Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center transforms this globally-unique destination into an exciting adventure where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities. The Discovery Center introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9AM-4PM, weekends 10AM-4PM (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For more information, visit or call 518-456-0655.