CDTA Nature Bus Service

Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 9:00 am

9:00 am - 06:00 PM

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To learn more about the Nature Bus route, including pick-up locations and drop off times, download the CDTA bus schedule

To learn more about programming at Nature Bus stops, visit MHLC’s Nature Bus web page:

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), and local project partners, like the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, have come together again to offer free Saturday CDTA bus service to connect City of Albany residents to eight natural spaces in and around Albany. The service will start Saturday, May 28 and run through Saturday, September 24.

New locations—including the Albany Pine Bush and City of Albany Water Departments’ Six Mile Water Works and MHLC’s David’s Trail at the Bender Melon Farm Preserve—give folks new places to explore and connect with nature. Service will alternate to different locations on a two-week rotating schedule and be geared towards programming offered at all locations. Location partners will offer free programming most Saturdays including guided trail walks, educational programs for families, and self-guided scavenger hunts. All partner locations have easy-to-navigate maps and well-marked trails to make the user experience fun and easy. All locations are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting Five Rivers.

Nature Bus will make four stops at the following locations on a bi-weekly rotating basis:

Starting May 28th and every other Saturday through September 17th

  • Albany Pine Bush and City of Albany Water Department Six Mile Water Works
  • Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm
  • MHLC’s Normans Kill West Preserve
  • Albany County Rail Trail Veterans Memorial Park
  • DEC’s Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Starting June 4th and every other Saturday through September 24th

  • MHLC’s Normans Kill West Preserve
  • Albany County Rail Trail Veterans Memorial Park
  • Albany County Rail Trail Slingerlands Trailhead
  • Hilton Park, MHLC’s David’s Trail, and Albany County Rail Trail
  • Thacher Park Visitor Center


Trailhead #3 Six Mile Waterworks
Directions from Discovery Center to Rensselaer Lake (Six-Mile Waterworks) on Fuller Road (Trailhead 3). At traffic light in front of Discovery Center building, turn left onto Route 155. Proceed 0.5 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Washington Avenue Extension. Proceed on Washington Ave. Extension for 2.3 miles to the Fuller Road exit. Take the ramp. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Fuller Road. Travel approximately 0.1 miles to a second traffic circle. Rensselaer Lake Preserve and Park Entrance (Six-Mile Park) is the 3rd exit off the traffic circle.

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