Playful graphic art of blue bus driving away from Albany skyline towards nature scene, cute yellow and purple butterflies, multi shaded green grasses, and a teal colored stream.

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!

The Albany Nature Bus 2024 begins on May 25! Click below for the PDF schedules from CDTA.

Green Beaver Route to Five Rivers (Dates: 5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28)

Yellow Warbler Route to Thacher Park (Dates: 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/14, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5)

Schenectady Nature Bus

ECOS: the Environmental Clearinghouse and MHLC have teamed up with the CDTA to bring a limited Nature Bus trolley service to Schenectady! During three weekends this summer, enjoy free bus service and free programming at natural spaces within Schenectady County.

Schenectady Nature Bus 2024 service starts on Saturday, July 6 and runs every Saturday through September 7.


Partner Programs

Saturday, July 13
Thacher Park
Fossil Hunting, 1 - 2 p.m.
Search for real fossils while enjoying amazing views from the Escarpment Trail! This family-friendly program travels 0.5 miles over easy terrain. Note: Fossils maynot be removed from the park.
Registration is required. Call 518-872-0800.

Archery for Beginners, drop in from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Meet at the Thacher Visitor Center. Ages 8+. Try your hand at archery! Bow instructors from the DEC will teach you how to safely handle a bowand arrow, and how to aim to hit your target. No registration required.

July 1 - 31
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
MHLC's Art on the Rail Trail Sculpture Hunt
Search for the nine hidden reptile and amphibian-themed sculptures on the Rail Trail! Send us a selfie with one of the critters you find to earn a Stewart's ice cream cone. Learn more and sign up at

Albany Nature Bus Sponsors & Donors

Special thanks to the organizations who provide funding in 2024 to ensure this service is free including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Communication, Education and Engagement, Saratoga Capital District Regional State Parks Commission – The Centennial Access for All Campaign, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, and the Albany Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.