Albany Pine Bush News

Exhibit Opening
Pine Bush Perspectives: Photo Exhibit
ALBANY NY – On November 2, 2014 from 1-4pm the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will host the unveiling of their first juried photo exhibit, celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Education Program Assistant Blake Etchison who is heading up this new project said, “Each visitor views the Albany Pine Bush Preserve from a unique vantage point worthy of celebrating and sharing. The jurors, Denise Hacker-Stoner and Scott Stoner, selected a wonderful group of photographs representing the biological diversity of the Preserve as well as the diversity in age and focus of the photographers. Each of the photographs in the show gives us a unique perspective of this inland pine barrens.”

The exhibit will be open until January 1, 2015 and is being sponsored by Friends of the Pine Bush Community. Friends’ president Robin Cabanos said, “The Friends are pleased to celebrate and recognize all of the photographers who captured so many unique perspectives on the Albany Pine Bush. We hope the images exhibited will inspire others to go afield with their camera and experience something new.” Juror selected awards will be presented during the opening and light snacks will be provided.

All ages are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. For more details, visit and click on Events Calendar or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200 – 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 habitat provides homes for many plants and animals and contains 55 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. The Preserve is a National Natural Landmark, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the Preserve 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.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “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 small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 518-456-0655.