Albany Pine Bush News

APB Lupine Fest 2013 by Krishna Hill (13a)ALBANY NY – To honor men and women in uniform, past and present, the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will host two Live Local Wildlife programs on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11, 2014. The first program at 1:00pm is for veterans or active military, their guests and the public, and the second program at 3:00pm is for veterans, active military and their guests only.

Christopher Hawver, Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said, “In using the Discovery Center as a community resource, it’s our privilege to be able to honor, in our own unique way, those that serve or have served with these special programs.”

The Discovery Center will host Beth Bidwell of Wild Things Environmental Education who will introduce program participants to some of the animals that call this area home. She offers a rare opportunity for her audience to come face to face with reptiles, raptors and other live birds.

According to Jeffrey Folmer, Discovery Center Director, “Our resourceful staff of Environmental Educators are always looking for creative ways to engage with visitors of all ages, and from that came the idea to do something a little different for Veteran’s Day. The globally-rare Pine Bush is a special place where we invite our neighbors to learn fascinating facts about their wild neighbors!”

All ages are welcome and both programs are free of charge, however pre-registration is required. The event will be held rain or shine at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. For more details and to pre-register, 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.