Albany Pine Bush News

ALBANY, NY – The globally-rare ecosystem of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve provides a unique environment in which to celebrate Earth Day weekend. With an array of activities and programs, children, families, neighbors and volunteers can enjoy all that the 3,200-acre Preserve and its state-of-the-art “green building” interpretive center have to offer.

The activities begin on Thursday, April 17 at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center with an 11:00 am family concert called Under One Sky. Visitors can come celebrate life on our beautiful Earth as Ruth Pelham, the Music Mobile, leads them in upbeat songs that sing out about the environment, peace, keeping our communities safe and clean, and the bonds of friends and family. Ruth has been acclaimed by the legendary Pete Seeger as “one of America’s greatest songwriters.”

On Friday, April 18 at 11:00 am, the Discovery Center’s Environmental Educators will offer a program called Protecting the Pine Bush for participants age 10 and up. The program includes a one-mile hike to witness the transformation of the Pine Bush and how the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is bringing this globally-rare community back.

On Saturday, April 19th volunteers are invited to gather at 9:00AM at the Discovery Center to work on a variety of conservation projects suitable for all ages including: trails work, pulling invasive honeysuckle, tree planting, and trash clean-up. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather and outside working conditions and bring drinking water. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Programs on April 17 and 18 are $3 per person/$5 per family (children under 5 years free), but the April 19 event is 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.

Located within New York’s Capital District, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of only a few inland pine barrens left in the entire world and is widely considered to be the best example. The 3,200-acre Preserve is predominantly defined by gently rolling sand dunes that support an extraordinary fire-dependent habitat. Home to more than 55 New York State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, this globally-rare ecosystem also offers visitors 18 miles of trails for an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Opportunities for hunting, fishing and canoeing exist in the Preserve as well.

The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interpretive center that introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, this LEED Gold-certified “green” building transforms a visit to our unique destination into an even more exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, the interpretive Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history and cultural history 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 10AM-4PM (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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