Wildlife in Winter at the Albany Pine Bush
ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be offering programs at the Discovery Center during the upcoming school break December 27- January 2. “If you’re looking to get out of the house during school vacation week, come check out one of our exceptional programs,” said Sara Poggi-Decker Education Program Manager. “The theme for the week is Wildlife in Winter.”
“Each program includes a unique opportunity to learn about the globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush while looking more closely at animals that live in the Pine Bush,” said Education Program Director Erin Kinal. Program highlights include a Critter Scene Investigation on Tuesday December 29th and a free New Year Bird Count for kids on Saturday January 2nd. “Whether it’s your first time visiting us or your one hundredth, our winter break programs offer a great chance to come to the Pine Bush Discovery Center and learn something new.” continued Kinal.
Programs are $3 per person/$5 per family (children under 5 years free) unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. For more information and to sign up for any of these programs, please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar” at the top of the page or call 518-456-0655.
The 3,200 – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent habitat provides homes for many plants and animals and contains 55 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. The Preserve is a National Natural Landmark, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the Preserve offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.
As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.