COLONIE — The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission hosts its 10th annual Lupine Fest Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road.
This year, the festival honors not only the wild blue lupine and its importance to the conservation of several endangered butterflies, but the entire pine barrens ecosystem.
“The Albany Pine Bush is a National Natural Landmark and the best remaining example of an inland pitch pine–scrub oak pine barrens in the world,” said Christopher Hawver, executive director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. “The preserve’s 3,200 acres are also a unique part of a neighborhood we share with nearly 1 million people in the Capital District. We manage the preserve to restore and protect its plants and animals and provide our neighbors with opportunities to enjoy nature. It’s important to celebrate how it helps to bring people closer to nature and why it’s worthy of protection.”
There will be a block party featuring music by The Refrigerators, a kids’ sing-a-long and parade, face painting, games, crafts, vendors, wildlife programs, nature walks, food and more. The “Karner Kontraption” will also be on display.
“Come watch our Pine Bush Rube Goldberg-inspired machine, designed by volunteer Jane Tatlock, as it demonstrates the process of restoring the Pine Bush,” said Erin Kinal, education program director.” With multiple moving parts, our machine will demonstrate the various strategies we use to restore and manage this globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct ecosystem.”
The festival will be held rain or shine. Parking for Lupine Fest is at 302 Washington Ave. Extension, with shuttle rides to and from the parking area. On-site handicap parking available.
For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.
— Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission