ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will host the seventh annual Lupine Fest on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. In addition to celebrating the wild blue lupine and its importance to the endangered Karner blue butterfly, this year’s theme celebrates the Pine Bush’s history and the 25th anniversary of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. A full day of programs is planned including presentations, demonstrations, music, games, face painting, crafts, guided hikes, food vendors and more.
Christopher Hawver, Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said, “For a festival that has been growing annually, this year is especially important as we reflect on all of the remarkable accomplishments we’ve made over the past 25 years.”
“Visitors will travel back in time on a journey from the end of the Ice Age through today to discover the Pine Bush past,” said Erin Kinal, Albany Pine Bush Education Director. “The day will feature something for all ages including music by the Whippersnappers, a guided Storywalk®, Shaker broom making, a ‘Legends and Lore Walk’ to name a just a few of the exciting things we’ve planned.” Highlights of the event include storytelling by nationally-acclaimed author Joe Bruchac and a multimedia talk for all ages on “The Ancient Sport of Falconry” by Beth Bidwell from Wild Things Environmental Education featuring live birds of prey.
According to Discovery Center Director Jeffrey Folmer, “Last year’s attendance was record-breaking and everyone had a great time, including staff and volunteers. We’ve been planning all year for this major event, and we all really look forward to it.” This will be the second Lupine Fest for Folmer who added, “The Pine Bush boasts a rich and truly amazing natural and cultural history, and the state-of-the-art interactive exhibits at the Discovery Center do a great job of interpreting this globally-unique treasure!”
Lupine Fest: Living History will offer FREE fantastic family fun for all – rain or shine. The festival will be held at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Like AlbanyPineBush on Facebook or visit AlbanyPineBush.org for more details, and click on Events Calendar.
Located within the Capital District Region, the Albany Pine Bush’s gently rolling sand plain is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, including the Federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve also creates a special habitat for a number of other rare and unique plants and animals, while providing visitors with an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing.
The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting adventure where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. With the help of many volunteers, the Discovery Center offers monthly outings and programs about the ecology, natural and cultural history of the Pine Bush area. Admission is free. The center is open Tuesday-Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM-4PM, and on most holiday Mondays. The center is also available for private parties and meeting rentals. For more information, visit AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.