Lupine Fest, free outdoor celebration, welcomes spring to the Pine Bush Preserve

— Photo from albanypinebush.org

Wild blue lupine, a native wildflower that blooms in May and June, is critical to the survival of the state and federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.

The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road is hosting the annual Lupine Fest on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Wild blue lupine, a native wildflower that blooms in May and June, is critical to the survival of the state and federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Through interactive programs that showcase the globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush, the festival celebrates the annual blooming of wild blue lupine flowers in the pine barrens.

“Lupine Fest is an amazing free outdoor festival dedicated to discovering the Albany Pine Bush and welcoming spring to the preserve,” said Beth MacCallum, Lupine Fest coordinator, in a release from the preserve. “This is truly an event for all ages, with something for everyone.

“There is live music, food trucks, shopping, crafts, games, and activities for kids and an old-timey photo booth. Visitors have the opportunity to take guided hikes through the pine barrens with preserve experts. Preserve staff and volunteers look forward to celebrating Lupine Fest with our entire community.”

“Rain or shine, Lupine Fest 2023 will offer fantastic family fun for everyone,” said Christopher Hawver, executive director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, in the release. “Guests can meet many of the preserve’s friends and partners like representatives from Friends of the Pine Bush Community, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the Guilderland Library, Save the Pine Bush, and others.”

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