With most things closed because of the coronavirus, one of your only options is to spend time in nature and the perfect place for that is right here in Albany.

If you're looking for a way to spend time with your kids, especially with them out of school and asking what they can do all day, take a look at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

With the coronavirus, a lot of parents are turning to homeschool to make sure their kids stay up-to-date with their schoolwork. Take your children on a local nature field trip and visit the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. You can explore over 20 miles of recreational trails in the middle of the Capital Region.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Use this time as a way to get the kids away from screens and games and spend some time together learning about this jewel right here in the area. See if you can spot some wild blue lupine, the favorite food of the famous endangered Karner blue butterfly. You can visit their website for lots of resources and fun activities during this time of social distancing and remote learning.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve became a Natural Nature Landmark in 2014, which, according to the National Park Service, was "for their condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education."

While all events are canceled in March, when the Discovery Center reopens it will be full of experiences for you and the family. You can join the Pine Bush Explorers and experience a closer look at some of the trails. They offer science lectures to learn about everything from the Breeding Bird Atlas to using drones to collect scientific data in the preserve. Take some time for yourself and participate in some nature journaling while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. This is such an extraordinary part of the country and we're so lucky to have a space like this here in the Capital Region. Experience it for yourself!