A group of elementary school students using magnifying glasses to look at the sand in the preserve.
Young students looking at pitch pine cones
Programs & Events

School Programs

Looking for a one-of-a-kind learning experience for your students that also meets NYS Learning Standards? The globally rare Albany Pine bush offers schools a locally unique outdoor classroom where learning comes alive.

Take a look at the available school program list and decide which one is right for your class. Then contact our Lead Educator, Jacqueline Citriniti, to register. 

List of School Programs

All Year 

  • Discover the Pine Bush
  • A Point in Time
  • Forces at Work: Weather and Fire


  • Where Do All the Wild Things Go?


  • Help A Habitat
  • Exploring Life in a Pine Barrens Vernal Pond
  • The Future of the Karner Blue


  • Seeds of Change

Community service opportunities for classes to complete in the preserve include

  • Invasive species removal
  • Seed collection
  • Trash pick-up

Plan Ahead

Programs need to be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance but our schedule often fills in quickly so make plans early.

How much does it cost?
  • Download our Fee Guidelines for an updated fee schedule and guidelines.
  • The Friends of the Pine Bush Community offers qualifying schools reimbursement funds for the bus transportation costs to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Click here to find out more.
  • The Albany Pine Bush Commission offers a "program fee waiver" for qualifying schools. Once you have registered for a program, send a letter written on school letterhead requesting the fee waiver to jcitriniti@albanypinebush.org

Jacqueline Citriniti, Lead Educator

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

195 New Karner Road

Albany, NY 12205