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.
Constructed in 1987, the building that now houses the Discovery Center originally served as the State Employees Federal Credit Union (SEFCU), one of the areas local banks. In November 2001, the State of New York acquired the existing SEFCU facility, which is centrally located within the Albany Pine Bush, for conversion to the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center.
Through the combined efforts of NYS Office of General Services and Envision Architects, the design of the Discovery Center began in 2005. By early 2006, the construction of the Discovery Center and the educational exhibits were underway and the Discovery Center building opened in June 2007.
During 2008, construction continued around the exterior of the building which included the addition of solar panels, a Clivus Multrum (biological decomposing) restroom, native landscape restoration, discovery trail, exhibits and a metamorphosis maze.
Today, the Discovery Center provides a visible and central location in the Preserve where people of all ages can go to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Albany Pine Bush and participate in the many recreational and volunteer opportunities at the Preserve.