Connecting people to nature one stop at a time!
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and CDTA are partnering once again to connect Albany City residents to nature. This free bus service brings you to popular outdoor locations where you can enjoy free programming on most weekends. Take a guided walk, try out bird identification, or simply get to know nature... there’s so much to do!
Services runs on Saturdays from May 28 through September 24, 2022.
What to know before you go... click here for FAQs.
To reduce ride times, Nature Bus will make four stops at the following locations on a bi-weekly rotating basis.
Visit these 2022 Nature Bus destinations starting May 28th and every other Saturday through September 17th:
Visit these 2022 Nature Bus destinations starting June 4th and every other Saturday through September 24th:
This year program partners are planning special events and programs specifically timed to Nature Bus drop off times.
MHLC has partnered with Flying Deer Nature Center to offer guided hikes at Normans Kill West Preserve from 9 AM – 2 PM on June 25, July 16, and August 13.
Join Flying Deer instructors for an engaging, nature based hike at Norman's Kill West Preserve. Hikes are sure to inspire curiosity, excitement, and joy while awakening awareness of the natural world. A group game, songs, and snack will round out an unforgettable experience that we hope will sow the seeds for a stronger lifelong understanding for the natural world.
MHLC has partnered with Ebony LaBrew-Kone of Sacred Space to bring Forest Bathing to Normans Kill West on July 23 and Bender Melon Farm Preserve on Sept. 24.
Walks are from 10 AM - Noon. Click here to register.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature during a Forest Bathing walk, led by certified practitioner, Ebony LaBrew-Kone. Forest Bathing is rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which means to take in the forest atmosphere. This quiet, slow-paced walk will offer a reprieve from the busyness of everyday life, as you are guided through a series of invitations that welcome you explore the natural environment through your senses. Forest Bathing has been shown to promote wellbeing--including strengthening the immune system, improving sleep, and lowering stress.
Our volunteer ambassadors will also be at both preserves to greet Nature Bus riders on most Saturdays. Looking for other activities, visit our events page to plan your day.
For program questions, contact MHLC at 518-436-6346 or connect @mohawkhudson.org.
There are many exciting events at each destination. Visit our partners' websites (links are in the destination list above) for more information about their programs.
Funding for this project was provided from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Office of Environmental Justice. Nature Bus 2022 would not be possible without the generous support from the Friends of Thacher State Park, the Natural Heritage Trust, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, Adirondack Mountain Club, Albany Chapter, and private donors.