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Out of school leads to out of doors

Pine Bush’s after-school explorations fuel for minds, good for bodies

The Albany Pine Bush’s 3,200 acres make for an ideal nature lab for students on an after-school hike. The preserve offers the program into December.

The Albany Pine Bush’s 3,200 acres make for an ideal nature lab for students on an after-school hike. The preserve offers the program into December.

— As the weather changes, the hikes will still continue outside, unless there’s thunder and lighting, Citriniti said. If it snows, the Pine Bush provides snowshoes.

“As it gets colder, (I talk about) where things go in the winter and how do they change, adapt. Do they migrate?” Citriniti said. “I’m bringing awareness to their surroundings and how other things in the world survive as well.”

The program takes place at 3:30 p.m., right after school, which Citriniti said was part of her focus to get kids to go outside after sitting in school all day. Citriniti said sometimes the groups include home-schooled families, as well.

“Everyone’s been very appreciative, excited, enthusiastic,” Citriniti said. “They really enjoy it and get a lot of energy out.”

Registration is required through www.albanypinebush.org but families can come to the Afterschool Adventurer program as many times as they want.

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