Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Visit the Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 518-456-0655 Mon - Fri 9a-4p Sat & Sun 10a-4p FREE!
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine-barrens ecosystem in the northeastern United States. Of global ecological significance, this diverse ecosystem contains a variety of habitats, including fire-dependant pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, vernal ponds, red maple hardwood swamps, hardwood forests, and deep ravines. Development, fire suppression and non-native invasive plants threaten the long-term viability of the Pine Bush, which originally covered more than 25,000 acres between Albany and Queensbury. Most appealing for its unusual vegetation and gently rolling sand dunes, the Pine Bush differs strikingly from the typical deciduous forests found throughout New York and New England. Surprisingly, for it’s relatively small size, the Pine Bush has 45 wildlife “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” of the 538 found in New York State. This includes 16 birds, 12 reptiles and amphibians, and 17 insects, as well as, two rare natural communities, and hundreds of other more common, but no less worthy species. It also supports more than 20 at-risk species that are either state or federally listed as rare or endangered including one of the most famous residents, the endangered Karner blue butterfly. Mammals commonly observed include fisher, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, red and gray fox, and eastern coyote. The eastern spadefoot (a toad), hognose snake, and spotted turtle are among the reptiles and amphibians that can be observed in the warmer months. Designated a Bird Conservation Area in 2008, the Preserve also supports more than 90 bird species. Frequently observed birds include the eastern towhee, American woodcock, prairie warbler, indigo bunting, great horned owl, and red-tailed hawk. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve provides Capital District residents and visitors with an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking and hunting. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains nearly 20 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails. Most trails are considered easy to moderate and vary from wide open sandy trails to narrow, grassy woodland passages. The topography is generally flat with gradual slopes up and down the natural sand dunes.
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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. The Pine Bush also provides hundreds of volunteers and partners with a rewarding opportunity for hands-on conservation work. Volunteer researchers help by monitoring rare species and studying habitat quality. Through boundary posting, trail clearing, habitat restoration and interpretive projects, other volunteers are working to make the Preserve safe and enjoyable for all who visit and live here.

Mission: Intense efforts by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission have protected over 3,300 acres of this beautiful ecosystem. Additional acres, in cooperation with willing landowners will be added until the Preserve is complete. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission consists of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, City of Albany, Towns of Colonie, and Guilderland, The Nature Conservancy, Albany County and four private citizen representatives. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission was created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the unique and endangered natural communities and species of the Albany Pine Bush for ecological, recreational and educational benefits. For more information please visit www.albanypinebush.org

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Monday, April 29, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Tera Cour...
04/29/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Monday, April 29, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Tera Court and Willow Street in the Town of Guilderland. We will begin at 10am and will be finished by dark. The Great Dune trailhead #8 will be closed until Tuesday morning.

Week 2 clues! Hint: Look up in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany.
04/27/2019

Week 2 clues! Hint: Look up in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany.

Today marks Week 2 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) Venture out to find the answer (see hints below). 3) Post a geotagged photo to your Facebook or Instagram account between now and Thursday, May 2, tagged with #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. 4) Win prizes!
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Hints: You’ll find the answer at nearly every one of our partners’ diverse and beautiful preserves!
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For more Scavenger Hunt info, visit this link: http://bethlehemchildrensschool.org/wordpress/exploremore
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#getoutside #childhoodunplugged #upstate #capitaldistrictny
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We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Thursday, April 25, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Old Sta...
04/25/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Thursday, April 25, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Old State Road and East Lydius Street in the Town of Guilderland. We will begin at 10am and will be finished by dark. The purple trail between Trailheads #7 & 11 will be closed until Friday morning.

We had a great turnout for our nature journaling program today, despite the blustery winds. Some young journalers took a...
04/24/2019

We had a great turnout for our nature journaling program today, despite the blustery winds. Some young journalers took advantage of the charred stems of big blue stem grass and scrub oak twigs, left behind after a prescribed fire, to create charcoal drawings!

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Curry Ro...
04/23/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Curry Road and 1219 Kings Road in the Town of Colonie. We will begin at 10am and will be finished by dark. Kings Road Barrens Trailhead #9 will be closed until Wednesday morning.

Welcome to Week 1 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt! Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) ...
04/19/2019

Welcome to Week 1 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt! Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) Venture out to find the answer (see hints below). 3) Post a geotagged photo to your Facebook or Instagram account between now and Thursday, April 25, tagged with #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. 4) Win prizes!
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Hints: You’ll find the answer at Lisha Kill Preserve, Van Dyke Preserve, Christman Sanctuary, Limestone Rise and Albany Pine Bush Preserve (Karner Barrens Yellow Trail).
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For more Scavenger Hunt info, visit this link: http://bethlehemchildrensschool.org/wordpress/exploremore
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#getoutside #childhoodunplugged #earthday @ Bethlehem Children's School

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route ...
04/17/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route 155 and Washington Ave Extension in the City of Albany. We will begin at 10am and will be finished by dark. Blueberry Hill East & West Trailheads 4, 5 & 6 will be closed until Thursday morning.

Happy World Art Day!Celebrate art, science, and creativity on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday by taking time to soak in t...
04/15/2019

Happy World Art Day!
Celebrate art, science, and creativity on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday by taking time to soak in the natural beauty around you. It’s an excellent day for some nature journaling, even if it’s a little rainy out. Make yourself a cup of tea, find a nice view from a window, and enjoy the start of spring.

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Saturday, April 13, 2019. We will be located near 195 New Karner Road in the ...
04/13/2019
Fire Management | Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission | Albany, NY | Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Saturday, April 13, 2019. We will be located near 195 New Karner Road in the City of Albany. We will begin at 1pm and will be finished by dark. Karner Barrens Trailhead 1 will be closed until Sunday morning. www.AlbanyPineBush.org/prescribedfire

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission preserves the pine bush area of Albany, NY. Visit our website for more information!

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Friday, April 12, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route 155...
04/12/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Friday, April 12, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route 155 and Washington Ave Extension in the City of Albany. We will begin at 9am and will be finished by dark. Blueberry Hill East & West Trailheads 4, 5 & 6 will be closed until Saturday morning.

Bethlehem Children's School
04/11/2019

Bethlehem Children's School

It’s just ONE WEEK until we release the full details of our #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt, and we can hardly wait!! In association with local conservation partners at The Nature Conservancy, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy, we’ll be sending families on a fun-filled, 8-week-long real-world scavenger hunt across the Capital District, beginning next Friday, April 19. We want to encourage more families to #getoutside together, and explore the region’s naturally beautiful preserved spaces.
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Watch for our big kick-off announcement next Thursday at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center! Plus stay tuned here, and follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
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#savethedate #naturewisdomwellness #exploremore #earthday #childhoodunplugged

04/11/2019
Prescribed Fire in the Albany Pine Bush

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Thursday, April 11, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route 155 and Washington Ave Extension in the City of Albany. We will begin at 8am and will be finished by dark. Blueberry Hill East & West Trailheads 4, 5 & 6 will be closed until Saturday morning.

Before fire suppression all but eliminated wildland fire, at least 25,000 acres of the Albany Pine Bush supported a fire adapted and fire dependent plant com...

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we would like to thank our many dedicated volunteers. These individuals and groups ...
04/10/2019

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we would like to thank our many dedicated volunteers. These individuals and groups generously share their time and talents to make a difference not only in the preserve but also in the larger community. Covering a wide range of responsibilities, our volunteer Docents, Certified Seed Collectors, Naturalists, Program Assistants, Community Scientists, Bird Banders, Friends Board Members, Fire Crew, and Interns donated over 1,500 hours to the preserve in 2018. It is with deep gratitude that we honor this extraordinary group of people. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, please contact Jodi Nash at [email protected] or 518-456-0655 ext. 1217.

MAY 18, 2019 10am-4pmWitness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve's annual Lupine Fest.  Fields of viole...
04/09/2019

MAY 18, 2019 10am-4pm
Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve's annual Lupine Fest. Fields of violet Lupine flowers and fluttering Karner Blue butterflies set the stage for visitors to explore and support the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and its partners. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, hands on activities with community partners, music, games, crafts, food, vendors and more!

Highlights include:
• Music with the WhipperSnappers and B95.5
• Live Local Wildlife Programs by Michael Clough
• Meet the Lupine Lady
• Wildland Fire Trucks
• Nature Activities with Community Partners
• Craft & Food Vendors
• Face Painting
• Make Your Own Tie-dye Shirt
• Storywalk & Guided Tours
• Old Fashion Photo Booth
• And MORE!!!

All parking will be at 302 Washington Avenue Ext. Shuttle bus provided. On-site parking for people with disabilities only. No pets allowed at this event.

Fee: Free! Reservations are not required for special events, but knowing how many people are coming helps us to plan better, so please sign up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Thursday, March 28, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route 1...
03/28/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Thursday, March 28, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Route 155 and Washington Ave Extension in the City of Albany. We will begin at 10am and will be finished by dark. Blueberry Hill East & West Trailheads 4, 5 & 6 will be closed until Friday morning.

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03/21/2019

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We are very excited to be a partner in this project! It all starts April 19th!
03/21/2019

We are very excited to be a partner in this project! It all starts April 19th!

What better way to celebrate today's Spring Equinox than to announce our #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt?! In association with local conservation partners, we're launching a fun-filled, 8-week-long real-world scavenger hunt, beginning April 19. We want to encourage more families to #getoutside together, and explore the Capital District's naturally beautiful preserved spaces. Stay tuned here, and follow us on Instagram (@bethlehem.childrens.school) for more info!

#savethedate #naturewisdomwellness #springequinox #childhoodunplugged

Our Lead Educator, Jacqueline Citriniti talks about rediscovering the Truax Burial Ground in this new article.
03/15/2019
Truax Burial Ground Project | Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

Our Lead Educator, Jacqueline Citriniti talks about rediscovering the Truax Burial Ground in this new article.

The history of the Truax family is preserved thanks to the years of effort by local historians, conservationists and government officials. Our search that

With snow on the ground and nighttime temperatures still dipping into the single digits it can be hard to believe that s...
03/13/2019

With snow on the ground and nighttime temperatures still dipping into the single digits it can be hard to believe that spring will ever arrive; and yet, every year, like clockwork, spring arrives on time in Albany NY and the Pine Bush. One clue to spring is the length of daylight increasing each day. Between December 16 and 27 we experienced the shortest amount of sunlight at 9 hours 3 minutes each day. The longest amount of sunlight in 2019 will occur between June 16 and 26 when there will be 15 hours and 19 minutes of sunlight each day. The month of March averages 11-12 hours of daylight. In the Pine Bush this increase in hours of light begins to signal plants and animals that spring is not far away. The increasing warmth begins to wake hibernating animals like groundhogs, frogs and many insects. Birds start to sing and prepare for nesting. Plants begin to move nutrients and water upward in anticipation of spring growth. All of this because the daylight is getting longer. Come check out the Pine Bush and look for signs that it is starting to “wake up”.

This blue jay originally banded by Pine Bush scientists as a hatch-year (HY) bird in September 2016, was recently recapt...
03/04/2019

This blue jay originally banded by Pine Bush scientists as a hatch-year (HY) bird in September 2016, was recently recaptured more than 300 miles away in New Portland Maine, in December 2018. Research suggests about 10% of the northeastern blue jay population migrate each fall, with HY birds more likely to migrate than adults. While there is no way to know, it's possible he/she was a migrant from Maine in 2016, or was a local bird that dispersed from the Pine Bush to Maine as an adult. Either way an exciting find.

The winner of the 2018 People's Choice Award for the Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit is Marty Bannan's photo "Along...
03/01/2019

The winner of the 2018 People's Choice Award for the Pine Bush Perspectives Photo Exhibit is Marty Bannan's photo "Along the Bunny Trail". Congratulations!

Join our team! We have openings for several seasonal positions and internships. Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/jobs for de...
02/28/2019

Join our team! We have openings for several seasonal positions and internships. Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/jobs for details and application instructions.

Our Conservation Director, Neil Gifford, had a great discussion with Stephanie about the Albany Pine Bush!
02/27/2019

Our Conservation Director, Neil Gifford, had a great discussion with Stephanie about the Albany Pine Bush!

Travel Radio Show host Stephanie Abrams chatted with our friends at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Times Union Center, Albany Cap Center, Taste of Troy Food Tours LLC and Albany Distilling Company. Tune in to the interviews here: https://bit.ly/2E5O6Qm

Join us for a Sunrise Hike!Tuesday, February 19 at 7amSuitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adultsShake off sleep an...
02/18/2019

Join us for a Sunrise Hike!
Tuesday, February 19 at 7am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Shake off sleep and start this winter day with a hike in nature. We will meet near the Karner Barrens (Trailhead 1) kiosk and take a 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes. Our plan is to appreciate the morning and pay attention to how the rising sun influences the environment. We will enjoy warm beverages upon our return to the Discovery Center. Wear appropriate clothing that will keep you warm and your feet dry for at least an hour and a half outside.
Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

The Discovery Center will be closing today, February 12, at 11:00am.
02/12/2019

The Discovery Center will be closing today, February 12, at 11:00am.

Discover the Pine Bush!Sunday, Feb 10 at 1pmSuitable for all ages. An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush—...
02/07/2019

Discover the Pine Bush!
Sunday, Feb 10 at 1pm
Suitable for all ages. An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush—a globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, and observe seasonal surprises and transformations.
Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

What are some names this animal is known by?
02/01/2019

What are some names this animal is known by?

Are there many animals in the Pine Bush in the winter? Right now is a great time for sleuthing on the trails. Clues abou...
01/25/2019

Are there many animals in the Pine Bush in the winter? Right now is a great time for sleuthing on the trails. Clues abound!

Subject: Endangered Karner blue butterfly eggs protected from rapidly changing temperatures by a thick layer of insulati...
01/24/2019

Subject: Endangered Karner blue butterfly eggs protected from rapidly changing temperatures by a thick layer of insulating snow. Something to be thankful for.

The Discovery Center will close at 2pm today (1/19/19) and will remain closed until Monday at 9am.
01/19/2019

The Discovery Center will close at 2pm today (1/19/19) and will remain closed until Monday at 9am.

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Pitc...
01/16/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Pitch Pine Road and High Dune Drive in the City of Albany. We will begin at 12pm and will be finished by dark. Blueberry Hill East & West Trailheads 4, 5 & 6 will be closed until Thursday morning.

Our science staff think this is a Cooper's hawk. What do you think?
01/15/2019

Our science staff think this is a Cooper's hawk. What do you think?

Can you tell me what kind of bird this is? It was sitting in the maple tree on my front lawn. If it helps, I live near the Woodlawn Preserve. My boyfriend believes it's a falcon, some of my friends think it's a chicken hawk. Thank you for any help you can provide!

Pitch pines are survivors.
01/07/2019

Pitch pines are survivors.

Join our Visitor Services Team. We have a part-time Sunday position open. Deadline to apply is January 20th. Visit www.A...
01/04/2019

Join our Visitor Services Team. We have a part-time Sunday position open. Deadline to apply is January 20th. Visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/jobs for details and how to apply.

Observe. Write. Sketch. Share. Our Winter’s Eve programs are opportunities to stay connected to the natural world and ...
01/03/2019

Observe. Write. Sketch. Share. Our Winter’s Eve programs are opportunities to stay connected to the natural world and each other when the days are short and the weather forbidding. Join us for one or more of these indoor programs. Suitable for teens and adults.

Winter’s Eve Nature Journaling – January 9th & February 6th, from 6pm-8pm

Winter’s Eve Nature Sketching – January 23rd & February 20th, from 6pm-8pm

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Happy New Year! The Discovery Center will be CLOSED today. We will reopen on the 2nd. All of the preserve trails will re...
01/01/2019

Happy New Year! The Discovery Center will be CLOSED today. We will reopen on the 2nd. All of the preserve trails will remain open.

The Discovery Center will be CLOSED December 24th & 25th. We will reopen on the 26th. The preserve trails will remain op...
12/24/2018

The Discovery Center will be CLOSED December 24th & 25th. We will reopen on the 26th. The preserve trails will remain open. Happy holidays!

Did you know that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is not complete? There are still over two thousand acres of globally rar...
12/22/2018

Did you know that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is not complete? There are still over two thousand acres of globally rare habitat that needs protection. Thank you Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing a bill will help us add critical pine bush land to the preserve! Congratulations to sponsors Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy & Senator George Amedoreon your bill becoming law! We appreciate the support from The Nature Conservancy in New York, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Friends of the Pine Bush Community & our Commission board, including Daniel McCoy - Albany County Executive, Town of Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber, Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan and City of Albany - Mayor Kathy Sheehan!

Check out this great article about feathers in the Altamont Enterprise written by our Outreach Coordinator, Grace Barber...
12/20/2018
Unseen features of feathers, from roots to colors

Check out this great article about feathers in the Altamont Enterprise written by our Outreach Coordinator, Grace Barber.

Fall migration bird banding at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve wrapped up at the end of October.

10th Annual Cookie Burner StrollSuitable for tweens, teens and adultsDecember 22 at 11amLooking for a way to work off th...
12/19/2018

10th Annual Cookie Burner Stroll
Suitable for tweens, teens and adults
December 22 at 11am
Looking for a way to work off those cookies and other holiday treats? Our cookie burner stroll is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed). If there is snow, we will snowshoe approximately one mile! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Perhaps our most exciting capture of the Saw-whet owl banding season was a female originally banded in Rockingham County...
12/17/2018

Perhaps our most exciting capture of the Saw-whet owl banding season was a female originally banded in Rockingham County, Virginia. This female was initially banded in 2012 and aged as an "after second year" making her at least 8 years 5 months old when we captured her! The oldest Northern saw-whet on record is 9 years 5 months, making our capture the second oldest Northern saw-whet on record. This data is helping us put the Albany Pine Bush Preserve on the map for Northern saw-whet owls and giving us a better understanding of how preserve management contributes to Northern saw-whet owl conservation in North America.

Address

195 New Karner Rd Ste 1
Albany, NY
12205

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(518) 456-0655

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