Pine Bush Preserve to hold annual Lupine Fest, with recreation opportunities
There are 3,200 acres of gently rolling sand dunes in Albany County providing a thriving home for a globally rare ecosystem. The recreational opportunities are rather extensive, too.
Proposed plan calls for hiring a consultant
Bethlehem officials are hoping to move forward with the creation of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the town.
State and private funds tapped for key step in park’s master plan
John Boyd Thacher State Park nabbed $3.8 million in state funding to build a new visitor center, which was a main element in the park’s recently completed master plan.
State unveils $1.4M in Conservation Partnership Program grants at local farm
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens on Thursday, April 24, announced the annual conservation grant awardees, which included 50 nonprofit land trusts statewide. The announcement was held at Indian Ladder Farms, with the property used as an example for conservation efforts statewide.
Village officials eye state grants for Rail Trail enhancements, railroad museum
Voorheesville officials are looking to enhance its end of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail and possibly build a museum to honor local railroad history, which has fittingly characterized the community.
Public hears about $4.1M plan for Albany-Bethlehem pathway portion
The Albany County Department of Public works held an open house Thursday, Feb. 20, on the third phase of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail at Bethlehem Town Hall. The project as proposed is estimated to cost $4.18 million, with county officials needing to cut around $40,000 to stay within budget.
Thacher Nature Center to host annual environment-inspired art exhibit, offering art classes
Artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but one local art show is rooted in Mother Nature’s visual appeal.
An uptick in snowy owl sightings thrills local bird enthusiasts
Snowy owls have landed at the airport and according to local bird club members, the creatures have been seen there for more than a month.
Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center event highlights birds that don’t fly south when the weather gets cold
While many people think most, if not all birds fly south for the winter, all you have to do is take a look out the window and see that quite a few feathered friends have hung around the Capital District through the snow and bitter cold.
Rail Trail comes closer to being completed; arts venues receive grants
Nearly $83 million will flow to the Capital Region through the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards, and nearly 30 projects in Albany County nabbed funding. Most of them focused on highlighted projects, but several local priorities were also granted funding.
Party set to celebrate Rail Trail portion opening; further improvements eyed for bicyclists
Friends of the Rail Trail will celebrate the official opening of a new three-mile section running through New Scotland as efforts continue toward expanding the trail’s size and usage.
Rock climbing, caving, mountain biking and more trails pitched for park
A series of improvements are being planned for John Boyd Thacher State Park and Thompson’s Lake Park. Capital improvements and operational enhancements will occur during the next 10 to 15 years.
Thacher Nature Center holds annual celebration connecting families to natural gifts
Fast approaching is the mad dash to retail stores for once-a-year deals on the hottest merchandise, but there’s one event coming up that allows people to slow down and connect with nature before the big feast that kicks off the holiday season.
Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015
Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.
Smokey Bear stopped by the Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to educate children on forest fire prevention, but due to the government shutdown, he needed some help.