Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Receives Grant

The Nature Conservancy
Monday, 7 June 2004

"The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center has received a grant of $25,000 from the Dorr Foundation to support the development of a science based curriculum" Michael Venuti, Discovery Center Director announced today. The Center, to be built in the State Employees Federal Credit Union (SEFCU) building on New Karner Road in Albany will be home to the Pine Bush's natural history education programs and will include outdoor and indoor classrooms, guided and self-guided walks, interactive and interpretive exhibits, a greenhouse and native plant and butterfly gardens. The Discovery Center, sponsored by TrustCo Bank, the Discovery Center will establish a visible and central location in the Preserve where people of all ages can go to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Albany Pine Bush.

The Pine Bush currently offers educational programs to school age children from the towns of Guilderland, South Colonie, North Colonie, Schenectady, Troy, East Greenbush, Watervliet, Mohonansen and Niskayuna School Districts and plans to greatly expand these programs once the new facility is complete. According to Venuti, "the number of school children traveling to the Albany Pine Bush to attend outreach and educational programs in 2002 was 503, with that number taking an enormous leap to 1,510 in 2003". In addition, Pine Bush staff currently provide outreach programs (in school programs) for approximately 400 students each year and anticipates an increase in these outreach efforts by 20% for 2004. The Pine Bush Preserve also provides programs and research opportunities for area colleges and universities including SUNY Albany, SUNY Oneonta, Williams College, Union College and Bryant and Stratton Business School.

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