ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be offering programs every day at the Discovery Center for the week of February 16th – 20th. “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 Environmental Educator and Public Program Coordinator. “The theme for the week is “Environmental Leaders.” We have programs scheduled for all ages with both indoor and outdoor options if you want to get some fresh air” she added.
“Each program includes a unique opportunity to learn about the globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush while drawing upon inspiration from environmental leaders of the past,” said Education Program Director Erin Kinal. Programs include Wonder Walk on Tuesday inspired by writer, scientist and ecologist Rachel Carson and Animal Behavior Study on Friday inspired by Nobel Prize laureate and animal behaviorist Niko Tinbergen. “Whether it’s your first time visiting us or your one hundredth, our new mid-February programs offer a great chance to come to the Discovery Center and learn something new about the Pine Bush.” continued Kinal.
Programs are $3 per person/$5 per family (children under 5 years free). Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. 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.