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Pine Bush sees record use

Discovery Center now open seven days a week in response to demand

The Pine Bush Discovery Center is now open seven days a week due to popular demand.

The Pine Bush Discovery Center is now open seven days a week due to popular demand. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— The thousands of acres of pine bush also have 45 different species of “greatest conservation need,” Folmer said. This includes the endangered Karner Blue butterfly, whose caterpillar’s only food source is the wild blue lupine, which grows in the preserve.

The LEED Gold-certified Discovery Center has interactive, hands-on equipment and features. In the main room, stepping on certain floor tiles plays the sound of a specific species that live in the preserve. Other rooms include information on the prescribed burns as well as an outdoor facility representing the metamorphosis of a butterfly. There are also 18 miles of trails outside of the center for hiking, running and other recreational use.

Special programs vary each month. There will be a Halloween Howl Prowl, with hands-on exploration of skulls, spiders, bats and an evening hike of the Pine Bush, on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Discovery Center is open daily, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is free and open to the public. Special programs are $3 per person or $5 per family and pre-registration is required.

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