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The Discovery Center at Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Enjoy interactive exhibits, activities, and more at this interpretive center!
195 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205 |
paintings and banners hanging from the ceiling of a museum The Discovery Center is known as the gateway to the Pine Bush where learning comes naturally.
a woman surrounded by a group of people in a museum room Volunteers help visitors learn about the unique characteristics of the Pine Bush.
a sand based interactive exhibit Enjoy interacting with The Discovery Center's exhibits and see them up close.
a man with a black bird on his hand in a classroom You'll find fun and informative programs going on at The Discovery Center year round.
a woman handing a kid a piece of paper Kids will love the hands-on activities as they learn about the environment.
a woman and a child looking at an image on a museum wall The interpretive center is a great resource for educators to teach their students.
an exhibit that looks like a tube Explore this one-of-a-kind interpretive center and learn about the Pine Bush and more.
a woman sitting at a desk near a gift shop Welcome to The Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush!
a mixture of gifts on shelves Browse the gift shop for an item that will remind you of your visit to the Pine Bush.
small gifts on a table Many of the products in The Discovery Center's shop would make a good gift or souvenir.


The Discovery Center at Albany Pine Bush Preserve is the gateway to the Pine Bush! Featuring various interactive exhibits, activities, classrooms, and more, this interpretive center introduces visitors to everything that makes the preserve distinct.

Gateway To The Pine Bush

Located in Albany, NY, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve features both a 3,300-acre nature preserve that is open to the public for non-motorized recreational activities and a one-of-a-kind interpretive center - The Discovery Center.

Managed by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, The Discover Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting indoor adventure for visitors of all ages. Open year round and free of charge, the public is invited to:

  • Explore the Pine Bush's geologic and cultural significance
  • Examine the plants and animals that live in the preserve
  • Study the Pine Bush's management principles
  • And consider the human impacts on this rare landscape

Learn About The Preserve

In addition to the interactive exhibits, the center includes classrooms where learning comes alive for schools and groups. Their expert educators, scientists, stewards, and volunteers host a wide range of natural, historical, and cultural programs throughout the year.

The Discovery Center also offers teacher resources and a gift shop full of educational materials and more.

Visit The Albany Pine Bush Preserve

After you've learned all about this unique preserve, it's time to explore it for yourself. The nature preserve is open year round and offers over 20 miles of recreational trails. More than 1,500 plant and animal species call the landscape home, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.

Find out more by visiting their website!

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