ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will celebrate the Halloween season with a variety of programs and activities for both kids and adults. Designed to be “non-scary,” safe and fun, each program will teach participants about the plants and animals in the globally-rare Albany Pine Bush Preserve.
“The Halloween season is a perfect time to get out into the crisp fall air and explore nature with our experienced team of environmental educators,” said Jeffrey Folmer Discovery Center Director. “Our programs are engaging, exciting and just plain fun whether you’re a kid or an adult.”
The Discovery Center offers programs all year round, both indoors using state-of-the-art exhibits and outdoors on the Discovery Trail and other parts of the 18-mile trail network in the Preserve. Erin Kinal, Education Program Director added, “The Preserve protects a unique inland pine barrens environment with more than 45 State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need. People really enjoy their experience here learning about this varied and interesting ecosystem, and we certainly enjoy teaching them.”
The list of Halloween-related events is as follows: CLICK THE LINKS TO SIGN UP
Halloween Howl Prowl – A Howlin’ Good Time!
Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The popular annual Howl Prowl will begin inside the Discovery Center with hands-on exploration of Halloween-related topics including skulls, bats, spiders, night time sounds and more. The program continues outdoors for a hike to discover the Pine Bush at night and the evening concludes with savory sweets of cider and donuts.
Discover the Pine Bush in Costume
Sunday October 28, 2012 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Hiking, exploration, and family fun on a fall afternoon. Enjoy a guided hike plus games along the trail. Participants are invited to come in costume!
Full Moon Hike
Monday, October 29, 2012 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Explore the Pine Bush at night with an hour-long hike under the full moon. The hike is approximately one mile long over rolling topography and will include intermittent stops for night vision and sound observations.
Although admission to the Discovery Center is always free, there is a $3 per person or $5 per family fee for programs. Pre-registration is advised as programs often fill up in advance. All programs are “all weather” so appropriate dress is suggested.
Located within New York’s Capital District, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of only twenty inland pine barrens left in the entire world and widely considered to be the best example. The 3,200-acre Preserve is predominantly defined by gently rolling sand dunes that support an extraordinary fire-dependent habitat. Home to more than 45 New York State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, this globally-rare ecosystem also offers visitors 18 miles of trails for an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing.
The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interpretive center that introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, this LEED Gold-certified “green” building transforms a visit to our unique destination into an even more exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, the interpretive Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history and cultural history of the Pine Bush. 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.