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Volunteers wanted for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Volunteers wanted for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Albany, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is seeking new volunteer docents and volunteer educators. Volunteer docents are friendly receptionists who welcome visitors to the Discovery Center, an information center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. They are informal educators who assist visitors by answering questions and providing orientation. Volunteer educators lead Pine Bush-focused educational programs for a diverse audience, including schools, the public, and special interest groups ages preschool through adulthood. Experience as an educator or in public speaking is helpful but not required. All required training for either position will be provided. To learn more or to schedule an interview, email [email protected].


BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE ALBANY PINE BUSH:


The 3,400-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP) in New York’s Capital District protects one of the world’s finest remaining inland pine and oak forests. This exceptional fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals, including more than 20 percent of New York State’s most critically endangered species, such as the endangered Karner Blue. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, a Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, a National Recreation Trail Site, a New York State Unique Area, a Birding Trail Site, a Bird Conservation Area, and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and over 20 miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities, including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and to provide educational and recreational opportunities to the public. The Management Plan for the APBP governs all aspects of the expansion and management of the preserve. The Commission’s goal is a 5,380-acre preserve.


As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, is a “green” certified interpretive center where visitors can learn why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting journey of discovery where learning happens naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor discovery trail and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (fees apply for some programs). The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.


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