Here in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, fall signals the return of migrating birds and school groups to the Discovery Center and, importantly, opportunities for controlled burns.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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