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Smokey Bear Day 10/4/17

We will host our annual Smokey Bear Day on Monday October 9, 2017, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center.

Endangered Karner ... 7/20/17

Twenty-five years after being federally listed as endangered, the APB population of the Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals for the local population.

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Education Programs

Welcome to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Education Program!

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve and Discovery Center offer a variety of educational opportunities for school groups, special interest groups, families, and individuals of all ages. Read through the options below to begin, or continue, your exploration of the Albany Pine Bush.

Education Program Fees

Click here for an updated fee schedule and guidelines.

Public Programs

Investigate the details of the Pine Bush through our public programs. These educational programs are open to the public and welcome individuals, families and small groups (less than eight people) to participate. Programs are led by Pine Bush staff, volunteers, or special guest experts. There are a diversity of topics to choose from including native plant landscaping, insect investigation, snowshoe exploration, historical tour and much more. Click here to see our program listing and to sign up!

School Programs

Looking for a one-of-a-kind learning experience for your students? The globally rare Albany Pine Bush offers schools a locally unique outdoor classroom where learning comes alive. Our programs also travel to schools, bringing the Pine Bush to your classroom. Check out our school program page to learn more about school programs offered through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and Discovery Center. Our programs meet NYS Learning Standards and are led by trained staff and volunteers. Call us at (518)456-0655 and press 1 to book your program today!

Special Interest Group Programs

Whether you’re part of a Girl Scout Troop, Boy Scout Troop, 4-H Club, Play Group, Seniors’ Club, Community Group, Religious Organization or other special interest group, the Pine Bush invites you to join us for a guided program. Indoors or out, our special interest group programs cover a wide variety of topics including snowshoeing, plant identification, beginning bird watching, legends and lore and night hikes. Our programs are led by trained staff and volunteers and there are many different topics to choose from. Call us at (518)456-0655 and press 1 to book your program today!

Preschool Programs

Nature exploration for the very young is now offered at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center! Preschoolers age 2–5 are invited to attend our semi-annual preschool program series “Pine Bush Pups.” Each program will explore a part of the Pine Bush that is unique and incorporates a song or story, hands-on exploration of the topic, and craft project. Program length: 1 hour. Click here to see our program listing and to sign up!

First Friday Hikes

Take a break from your work day to join us at lunch time on the first Friday of every month for a 60 minute walk through the Preserve. Each Friday we will discuss a new aspect of the Pine Bush. Click here to see the program topics and where to meet.

Volunteer

Looking to get more involved? Help us teach others about the Pine Bush and become an education volunteer! Choose from four volunteer opportunities: Volunteer Docent in the Discovery Center, Volunteer Educator leading public and school groups in the Preserve, or Volunteer Naturalist interacting with Preserve visitors on the trails. Middle and high school students can also join the team as Junior Docents. For more information about volunteer opportunities click here.