Albany, New York
195 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday Closed

Admission is free.
Museum Type(s)
Michael Venuti, Director
phone: 518-456-0655 x1217
Erin Kinal, Education Program Director
phone: 518-456-0655
Mary Ann Perry, Educational Program Assistant
phone: 518-456-0655

Discover the amazing Albany Pine Bush! This fascinating ecosystem is the best example of just 20 inland pine barren environments in the world. The 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 you to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. You can touch a snake skin, make a sand dune, plan a prescribed fire, learn how to help the environment and much more!


June 2003 An Interpretive Plan is produced, which outlines four key mission based themes and guides the retrofit of the building.

January 2004 The Commission partners with NYSOGS Design and Construction Group and hires a Design Team to produce a schematic design. The Envision Architects team of Albany was chosen as the top applicant out of 22 proposals.

February 2005 The Design Team completes the schematic design, with modifications of the current facility and conceptual exhibits and grounds design, as well as associated expenses for the entire project.

September 2005 Design Team member, Amaze Design, works with Pine Bush staff to develop hands-on interpretive exhibit plans.

March 2006 Pine Bush staff move into renovated office space at the Discovery Center.

July 2006 Building construction documents are completed by Envision Architects.

September 2006 Exhibit construction documents are completed by Amaze Design.

October 2006 Retrofit of the building begins. By the end of the month demolition was 75% complete.

November 2006 Taylor Studios is contracted and begins exhibit fabrication. Staff begin planning the next phase, which includes outdoor landscaping and exhibits.

February 2007 Building retrofit is nearly 85% completed. Whenever possible, existing materials were re-used. Ceiling tiles, doors, windows, furniture, light fixtures and other equipment were reused from the original building. The Discovery Center abounds with recycled products, including the carpet and walls of the gallery. The Commission hopes to receive a Silver LEED rating through the US Green Building Council.

May 2007 Interior exhibits are installed by Taylor Studios.

June 16, 2007 The Discovery Center interior space opens to the public.

Educational Programs

The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center offers many outings and programs about the ecology, natural and cultural history of the Pine Bush area as well as docent programs.


Access: Students, Staff Only

Appointment required: No


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