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Latest News

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.

Endangered Karner ... 7/20/17

Twenty-five years after being federally listed as endangered, the APB population of the Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals for the local population.


When is the Preserve open?

The Preserve trails are open year round, 24/7.

Is hunting allowed in the Pine Bush?

Hunting is a traditional and legal activity in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve regulated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Hunting is an important wildlife management tool. During your visit, you may encounter hunters on the trail during open seasons. There is a hunting brochure available in the brochure rack and all information can be found here.

Recreation Resources

While the Albany Pine Bush provides a special habitat for many plants and animals, it also provides visitors with an assortment of non-motorized, passive recreational opportunities including bird watching, hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hunting.


Ensuring a Great Experience

The Commission’s recreation plan details recreational opportunities available in the Preserve, provides an analysis of existing recreation infrastructure, and contains recommendations for future recreational opportunities in the Preserve. Implementing this plan will enhance visitor experience and improve efforts to protect this unique ecosystem and its many rare species.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission offers monthly outings and programs about the ecology, natural and cultural history of the Pine Bush area.