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Night at the Disco ... 11/9/17

Visitors are invited to stop by the Discovery Center after normal business hours to play games, go on a guided hike and discover on this night, the exhibits come to life.

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.

See What's Underground!

History of the Building

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.

Photo by K. Hill

People of all ages learn about the Pine Bush through interactive exhibits and programs.

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.