ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission announced today that the Discovery Center will be closed to the public for one day on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 to offer training and development opportunities to all Commission staff.
The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interactive visitor’s center that serves as the gateway to the globally-rare Albany Pine Bush. As one of only twenty inland Pine Barrens ecosystems remaining in the world (uniquely different from coastal Pine Barrens), the Albany Pine Bush has the distinction of being considered the best remaining example. Through exhibits, an interpretive Discovery Trail, and year-round educational programs for schools, scouts, private groups and the general public, the Discovery Center teaches visitors about the unique ecology, natural history and cultural history of the Pine Bush.
Located within the Capital District Region, the Albany Pine Bush’s gently rolling sand plain is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, including the Federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly. The 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve also creates a special habitat for a number of other rare and unique plants and animals, while providing visitors with an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing.
The Albany Pine Bush 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 visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is now open DAILY weekdays 9AM-4PM, weekends 10AM-4PM (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.