Smokey Bear Day

Saturday October 14, 2023, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center

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ALBANY NY - The Albany Pine Bush Preserve will host its annual Smokey Bear Day on Saturday October 14, 2023, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany.

Christopher Hawver, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Executive Director said, “We invite the community to come out and meet Smokey Bear with this free annual event. Smokey Bear Day provides a family-friendly opportunity to learn why fire is an important natural component to this globally-rare ecosystem.”

Since 1944, Smokey Bear has protected America's forests from unwanted, human-caused fire. Smokey – one of the most-beloved issue ambassadors of our time – and his signature phrase, “Only you can prevent wildfires,” are truly iconic. His message of wildfire prevention is the center of the longest-running PSA campaign in our nation's history.

Though Smokey has been essential to the reduction of unwanted, human-caused wildfires over the last 75 years, he still needs help. Even today, nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by people.

Visitors to Smokey Bear Day will learn how the Commission uses prescribed fire to keep the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, listed as a National Natural Landmark, a healthy habitat for the unusual species of plants and animals that thrive there. Smokey Bear and a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger will make appearances throughout the day, and Commission Fire Management and Education staff will be on hand.

Erin Kinal, Education Program Director said, “There will be interactive exhibits on prescribed fire, refreshments and Smokey goody bags for visitors to take home. Visitors will have multiple opportunities throughout the event to meet Smokey Bear.”

All ages are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. This is a free event. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more details visit or call 518-456-0655.

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