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.

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

Our conservation scientists wrapped up the eastern whip-poor-will pilot project field work by successfully recapturing t...
06/26/2019

Our conservation scientists wrapped up the eastern whip-poor-will pilot project field work by successfully recapturing the second male tracked with a 1-gram GPS data-logger. To their surprise they simultaneously caught a female, pictured below. She had a full brood patch showing she has been incubating eggs and/or brooding chicks. This is the first evidence of probable whip-poor-will breeding here in more than 3 decades and another strong biological indicator that our habitat management is improving ecosystem health.

Celebrate the start of summer with a safari in the garden. Don’t have a garden? Come use ours!
06/21/2019

Celebrate the start of summer with a safari in the garden. Don’t have a garden? Come use ours!

06/12/2019
Prescribed Fire in the Albany Pine Bush

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

Community Science: FrogWatch TrainingJune 12 at 6:30pmSuitable for adults and teens and tweens with caregiversWould you ...
06/10/2019

Community Science: FrogWatch Training
June 12 at 6:30pm
Suitable for adults and teens and tweens with caregivers
Would you like to join our community science team in documenting frogs and toads in the preserve? Do you need a refresher on your frog calls? For over 15 years, community scientists have been reporting data on calling frogs and toads to FrogWatch, a community science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Join us this evening for an information and training session and learn how you can participate in this amazing program by listening to the frogs and toads calling in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve or, if you live nearby, your own backyard!

This opportunity is free! Reservation required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so please reserve your spot for Community Science opportunities at www.albanypinebush.org/events or call 518-456-0655. Be prepared to sign up to survey a site for us at a later date.

Our conservation science team kicked off the 2019 breeding season bird banding this week at the Truax and Karner Barrens...
06/08/2019

Our conservation science team kicked off the 2019 breeding season bird banding this week at the Truax and Karner Barrens (West) regions of the preserve. The Truax Barrens station opened June 4 with 29 birds consisting of 19 new birds and 5 recaptures of birds banded previously. Prairie warbler and field sparrow topped the list with 8 birds from each species. The Karner Barrens (West) station opened June 6 with 28 birds, prairie warbler again topping the list with 10 birds. Here's a sample of June 6. All birds were banded, under our state and federal permits, and released unharmed. Banding birds tell us much about the health of our globally-rare inland pine barrens.

What is that on the plant? Is it spit? Is it a cocoon, eggs, maybe even a bird dropping? It’s actually spittlebugs! Co...
06/07/2019
Albany Pine Bush :: Events

What is that on the plant? Is it spit? Is it a cocoon, eggs, maybe even a bird dropping? It’s actually spittlebugs! Come join us Saturday, June 8th, at 11am for a 0.9-mile hike focused on spittlebugs in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Reservations required. 518-456-0655 or www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Bethlehem Children's School
06/07/2019

Bethlehem Children's School

Today we kick off Week 8, the final week of our #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) Venture out to find the answer. 3) Post a geotagged photo to your Facebook or Instagram account between now and Thursday, May 30, tagged with #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. 4) Win fun prizes!
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Hint: You can find the answer in all of our participating preserves!
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For more Scavenger Hunt info, click this link: http://bethlehemchildrensschool.org/wordpress/exploremore
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#getoutside #childhoodunplugged #upstate #capitaldistrictny #littleschoolbigeducation @ Bethlehem Children's School

Thinking about going for a hike? It's the perfect time to see iconic pine barrens.
06/05/2019

Thinking about going for a hike? It's the perfect time to see iconic pine barrens.

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Rifle Rang...
06/04/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Rifle Range Road and New Karner Road (Rt 155) in the Town of Colonie. We will begin at 12pm and will be finished by dark. The Truax Trail Barrens trailhead #12 will be closed until Wednesday morning.

Wild blue lupine
06/03/2019

Wild blue lupine

Big Birding Morning! Join the Blueberry Hill Team on June 1 from 8am-1pm and help our team leader record the birds in th...
05/30/2019

Big Birding Morning! Join the Blueberry Hill Team on June 1 from 8am-1pm and help our team leader record the birds in this part of the preserve during the breeding season. This is an appealing area for a hike, the topography and vegetation offer vistas guaranteed to delight. Remnant patches of pitch pine-scrub oak barrens are interspersed with dunes cloaked in native prairies. Reservations required. 518-456-0655 or www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Old Stat...
05/22/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Old State Road and New Karner Road (Rt 155) in the City of Albany. We will begin at 12pm and will be finished by dark. The Karner Barrens trailhead #1 will be closed until Thursday morning.

FREE EVENT!Sign up to join one of our four teams, leaders provided by us, and bird with us from 8am to 12pm. The four te...
05/20/2019

FREE EVENT!
Sign up to join one of our four teams, leaders provided by us, and bird with us from 8am to 12pm. The four teams will divide and conquer the preserve hiking trails in all regions. Your eyes and ears will help give us a snapshot of the birds in the preserve during the breeding season. We’ll regroup at noon at the Discovery Center for a light lunch to discuss our findings and see who saw the most birds, the most interesting bird, etc.

We will meet at the Discovery Center but will be caravanning to the different trailheads for the surveys. Suitable for teens and adults.

Sign up required at: www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Photo copyright Scott Stoner

We are in Week 5 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) V...
05/18/2019

We are in Week 5 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) Venture out to find the answer. 3) Post a geotagged photo to your Facebook or Instagram account between now and Thursday, May 23, tagged with #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. 4) Win fun prizes!
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Hint: You can DEFINITELY find the answer at Albany Pine Bush Preserve, where they’re holding the super fun Lupine Fest on May 18!!
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For more Scavenger Hunt info, click the link in our bio ☝️
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#getoutside #childhoodunplugged #upstate #capitaldistrictny #littleschoolbigeducation @ Bethlehem Children's School

Our Executive Director, Christopher Hawver was honored at the Rapp Road Historical Association's annual fundraiser. Cong...
05/13/2019

Our Executive Director, Christopher Hawver was honored at the Rapp Road Historical Association's annual fundraiser. Congratulations!

Pat Fahy We appreciate your involvement with the Rapp Road legacy.
Beverly Bardequez Stephanie Woodard

Get outside! #exploremore #naturewisdomwellness
05/10/2019

Get outside! #exploremore #naturewisdomwellness

Today we kick off Week 4 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) Venture out to find the answer. 3) Post a geotagged photo to your Facebook or Instagram account between now and Thursday, May 16, tagged with #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. 4) Win fun prizes!
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Hint: You can find the answer at several of our partners’ beautiful preserves, including: Christman Sanctuary, Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Bozen Kill Preserve, Hannacroix Ravine Preserve and Schoharie Creek Preserve, among others.
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For more Scavenger Hunt info, head to this link: http://bethlehemchildrensschool.org/wordpress/exploremore
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#getoutside #childhoodunplugged #upstate #capitaldistrictny #littleschoolbigeducation @ Bethlehem Children's School

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Madison A...
05/08/2019

We will be conducting a prescribed fire on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. We will be located near the intersection of Madison Avenue Extension and Point of Woods Drive in the City of Albany. We will begin at 12pm and will be finished by dark. The Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead #7 will be closed until Thursday morning.

We are in week three! Submit a photo of your answer with #naturewisdomwellness by Thursday for a chance to win a prize.
05/07/2019

We are in week three! Submit a photo of your answer with #naturewisdomwellness by Thursday for a chance to win a prize.

Today we kick off Week 3 of the #exploremore Family Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun in four simple steps: 1) Solve the riddle. 2) Venture out to find the answer. 3) Post a geotagged photo to your Facebook or Instagram account between now and Thursday, May 9, tagged with #exploremore and #naturewisdomwellness. 4) Win fun prizes!
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Hint: Look in places with damp soil—near the edge of wetlands, along riverbanks or in cool, shady woods—for colonies of these plants.
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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 @ Bethlehem Children's School

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
@ Bethlehem Children's School

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.

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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