Lupine Fest 2022

Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve's annual Lupine Fest on May 21, 2022.

ALBANY NY - The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission rejoices in the arrival of spring with their annual Lupine Fest for the local community, held at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road in the City of Albany on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10AM to 4PM.

Wild blue lupine is a beautiful native wildflower that blooms in May and June and is critical to the survival of the state and federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Through interactive programs that showcase the globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush, the festival celebrates the annual blooming of wild blue lupine flowers in the pine barrens.

“This free event offers visitors a chance to connect with us and enjoy many different activities,” said Jackie Citriniti, 2022 Lupine Fest Coordinator. “The day will feature something for all ages, including a fun day of music, games, craft and food vendors, a make your own tie-dye shirt, live local wildlife programs, guided nature walks with our expert staff, and much more!” Citriniti continues, “We’re celebrating spring again this year with a StoryWalk®. Families can walk, jump or skip from page to page as they read the book Over in the Forest along the trail.”

Christopher Hawver, Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission said, “Rain or shine – Lupine Fest 2022 will offer fantastic family fun for everyone. Guests can meet many of the preserve’s friends and partners like representatives from Friends of the Pine Bush Community, L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the Albany Library, Save the Pine Bush and others.”

According to Hawver, “The Albany Pine Bush is a National Natural Landmark and the best remaining example of an inland pitch pine – scrub oak pine barrens in the world. The Preserve’s 3,400 acres are also a unique part of a neighborhood we share with nearly 1 million people in the Capital District. We manage the preserve to restore and protect its plants and animals and provide our neighbors with opportunities to enjoy nature. It’s important to celebrate how it helps to bring people closer to nature and why it’s worthy of protection.”

Like Albany Pine Bush on Facebook or visit for the full program schedule and more details. Parking for Lupine Fest is at 302 Washington Avenue Ext. with shuttle rides to and from the parking area. Follow the PARKING signs. On-site handicap parking available. No pets allowed at this event.

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