Weekend Service Visits Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission (APBPC) have teamed up to offer access to the nation’s globally rare Albany Pine Bush Preserve on specific Saturday trips. Customers can use the Route #155 (Suburban Circulator) to access the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (195 New Karner Road) between 10:30am and 1:30pm. These Saturday trips are aligned with programming at the Discovery Center, offering visitors the chance to explore the Preserve on their own or with a guide and investigate the details of the Pine Bush. The educational programs at the Discovery Center are open to individuals, families and small groups and are led by expert Environmental Educators, volunteers, or special guests.
“CDTA is pleased to bring this additional benefit to citizens of the Capital Region,” said Carm Basile, CDTA Chief Executive Officer. “Now people that use our service will have easier access to what the National Park Service has recently proclaimed an exceptional site that exemplifies our country’s natural heritage.”
APBPC’s Executive Director, Christopher Hawver added, “Working closely with CDTA gives us an opportunity to open the Preserve to a wider audience including, for example, the prospect of reaching kids that may not have access to personal transportation. In addition to managing the globally-rare ecology here, we strive to educate the public and provide recreational opportunities as an important part of our mission.”
Hawver continued, “We believe that many CDTA riders will find that the Preserve and Discovery Center offer an affordable experience with free admission to our trails and to our state-of-the-art facility, in addition to some of our programs. For most programs there is only a small fee, and there is always a diversity of topics to choose from including, insect investigations, Family Fun Hikes, snowshoe explorations, historical tours and much more.”
The 3,200-acre Preserve, 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 APBPC 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 www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.
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ABOUT CDTA: The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) was created in 1970 by the New York State Legislature as a public benefit corporation to provide regional transportation services by rail, bus, water and air. CDTA is the premier mobility provider in the Capital Region, providing local, express, commuter and bus rapid transit services. CDTA owns and operates the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs Train Stations. Today, nearly 650 people work to deliver a transit system that transports more than 55,000 customers each weekday.