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April events at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

The Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
The Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
www.albanypinebush.org

Albany Pine Bush Preserve is truly a local treasure in the heart of the Capital Region!  Globally rare, this preserve is one of the largest of only about 20 other inland pine barrens worldwide.   It is home to 20 rare species and 2 rare natural communities. 

The Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve hosts monthly outings and programs related to ecology and natural/cultural history of the pine bush area.  In February 2010, the Center was awarded a LEED Gold rating for the design, construction and operation of a high performance green building. 

In addition to the Discovery Center, the preserve also boasts public programs, preschool programs, school and special interest groups. Discovery Center hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, closed on Monday.

Take a look at the April calendar of events for what's coming up this month:

4/2 - First Friday Hike: Signs of Spring
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
The calendar says it's spring, but what clues does nature give us that reveal the arrival of spring? Come and discover signs of spring along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve.

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4/7 - Habitat Helpers Part 1
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
Grow your own native plant to help our restoration efforts! Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/7 - Movie Day: Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
This 50-minute 'premiere episode serves as a primer for things to come, placing the entire series in proper context and giving a general overview of what to expect from each individual episode of the 11-part series'. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: FREE.

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4/8 - Signs of Spring
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
Sights and sounds of spring return to the natural world. What do you consider a sign of spring? Is it the call of a spring peeper or the sight of a red-winged blackbird? Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/9 - Wild, Wacky Woodcock Watch
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany 
The woodcock is a chunky little bird with a short neck, long bill and big eyes set high in a large head. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/11 -  Discover the Pine Bush
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this one mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and bring drinking water. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/18 - Nature Journaling
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
Special note: This program is suitable for ages 8 and up
Spend part of your weekend with us as we pause to observe life in the Pine Bush and reflect in nature journals. We will combine drawing, scientific observation, poetry and more as we each record a visit to the Pine Bush in our own creative way. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/20 - Nature's Second Chance
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Discovery Center

Renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise." There are few who have taken to heart Leopold's vision more than restoration ecologist Steven I. Apfelbaum.
At this evening program, Mr. Apfelbaum will offer unique insights into the biological world, the processes of ecological recovery, and how humans might play a starring role in healing a planet by implementing Leopold's land ethic, one farm, lot, or brownfield at a time.

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4/23 - Wild, Wacky Woodcock Watch
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany
The woodcock is a chunky little bird with a short neck, long bill and big eyes set high in a large head. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/24 - Terrific Turtles of the Pine Bush
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany

We will start inside with a presentation to learn which turtle species live in the Pine Bush, how to identify them, examine our Discovery Center turtles and if weather permits, will hike to a vernal pond to observe turtle behavior in their own habitat. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

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4/25 - Discover the Pine Bush
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: 195 New Karner Road, Albany

An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this one mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and bring drinking water. Pre-registration is required for all events. Fee: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, Children under 5 free.

For more information, visit www.albanypinebush.org or call (518) 456-0655. 

For directions to the APB Discovery Center, click here.

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