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Science Lecture Se ... 1/7/16

The APBPC and Friends of the Pine Bush Community will cohost a lecture on January 21st as a part of their monthly Science Lecture Series at the Discovery Center. The lecture, which starts at 7pm, will be conducted by recent UMass Amherst graduate and Albany Pine Bush Outreach Coordinator Grace Barber on Ants of the Albany Pine Bush.

Pine Bush Perspect ... 1/5/16

Visitors to the exhibit were invited to vote for their favorite photo and today we are excited to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award, Jason Matheron for his photo Hungry for Milkweed.

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Admission and Hours

Explore where learning comes naturally! Photo by Herbert Beyers Jr.

Hours of Operation



Saturday, Sunday & Holidays:

*Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,


Admission is free and the Center is open year-round.
 Closed on the following holidays: 
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day.
The Discovery Center is a universally accessible building. Assistive listening devices are available at the reception desk.

Marvel at this Spectacular Attraction!

This fascinating ecosystem is one of just 20 inland pine barren environments in the world. The Discovery Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting adventure where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities.

Dare to Discover the Extraordinary

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center introduces you to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. You can touch a snake skin, make a sand dune, plan a prescribed fire, learn how to help the environment and much more!

Exploration Station

Stop by our Exploration Station to explore “The World of Herps!” Our Summer Exploration Station will feature interactive stations on the unique biology and natural history of reptiles and amphibians native to the Pine Bush. Please call the Center before visiting for Exploration Station hours.

Get active and connected through nature

Take part in fascinating programs designed to inform and delight year-round. Join a First Friday Hike, take a walk to observe the flight displays of the American woodcock or solve mysteries along the trail in an all-natural C.S.I. (Critter Scene Investigation). These and other educational and recreational activities cost $3/person or $5/family.

Stop by the exploration station to meet our resident box turtle.

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Directions to APB Discovery Center

From I-87 take exit 2W (Rt 5 West, Central Avenue). Follow Rt 5 for about 2 miles then turn left onto Rt155 (New Karner Rd). Continue on Rt155 for about 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road.

GPS Coordinates: 42.718694, -73.864771


For more Discovery Center Information

Find our contact information here. Visit our recreation center for more fun ways to enjoy the Albany Pine Bush region!

Visit us for a variety of nature lectures, interactive exhibits & outdoor events in Albany, NY!