Discover the Night

MeetUp with the Friends of the Pine Bush Community

Special activities with Friends!

Your contributions can protect land, aid experiences for interns, expand research capabilities and preserve habitat restoration or support educational programming for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center.

Special programs include: the 20 Mile Challenge (awarded for completion of all 12 trail hikes through the preserve), Pine Bush Perspectives (a traveling photo show), the Land Protection Fund (a designated fund that allows for the purchase of additional preserve acreage as available), and special events throughout the year, including Discover the Night.

The role of the Friends is to support the staff at the Pine Bush in their efforts to improve public awareness, provide public and school programs, do important science, and develop the preserve.

In addition to all the maintenance that is performed on a day-by-day basis, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is still growing and improving. While we are pleased with what has been accomplished, a lot of work still needs to be done, and to succeed, more people need to be aware of how special the Pine Bush is and how its future depends on public and governmental support.

To contribute to the Friends' efforts, click here and choose the Join/Donate icon on the right. Also, please consider joining the Friends and serving as a committee member, click the "Volunteer With Us" link and let us know if you’d like to join us by emailing  Above all, enjoy the Pine Bush and tell your neighbors!


Read with us!

The Friends  of the Pine Bush Community host a quarterly book discussion on Zoom. Titles are selected to be of specific interest to the Pine Bush Community. A Friend moderates each discussion, and all are welcome to attend.

Here is what we are reading for our book club meeting on February 28th:

Bird Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife by Rodney Stotts with Kate Pipkin

Make a reservation to join us!

Join our Book Club! Next meeting is Feb 28th

Join us!

Become part of a Capital Region community of Friends that protects the unique habitat of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We help people enjoy this special place and seize opportunities to participate in local learning, scientific research, and stewardship in the preserve.

Make new Friends at a MeetUp!

We host all kinds of fun events so that Friends can get together and enjoy hiking, biking, birding, snowshoeing, kayaking and other social gatherings to learn more about the Pine Bush. Join our MeetUp group to learn more.


Friends of the Pine Bush Community