Nature Bus

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:

Bus Routes & Schedules

Plan your trip today! Visit the CDTA website to find a bus stop near you.
VIEW Bus Schedule

Free Programs

This year program partners are planning special events and programs specifically timed to Nature Bus drop off times.


Let's Explore with Flying Deer Nature Center
Normans Kill West Preserve
August 13 from 9:40 - Noon

Click here to register.
Instructors will be onsite until 2PM for drop-in sessions!

Join Flying Deer instructors for an engaging, nature based hike that is 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.  

Forest Bathing
Bender Melon Farm Preserve
Sept. 24 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.

Story Walk at Normans Kill West Preserve!
Walk and read a great children's story from Bethlehem Public Library while also enjoying nature! Story walk will be up for the rest of the summer, so be sure to visit by taking the 872 Nature Bus to the Normans Kill West stop!

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

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.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve at 6 Mile Waterworks
Staff and volunteers will be present to provide visitors with everything from trail maps and tick removal guides, to stickers and coloring sheets for kids. 

Meet & Greet Times:
09/03/22 11 am-2 pm
09/17/22 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

Five Rivers Scavenger Hunt!
Saturday, September 3, 10:00 AM

Drop in and pick up a scavenger hunt list at the visitor center, then head outdoors!
Our scavenger hunt suggests fun activities to complete alone or with friends and family. Check the activities off your list as each is completed. Complete at least 12 of the activities and receive a free poster at the visitor center.

Sponsors & Donors

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.