Nature Bus

Jump on board in the morning and spend your Saturday walking trails in the woods at Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserves, exploring trees of the world at Pine Hollow Arboretum, or visiting Five Rivers for outdoor education opportunities. You can also take the bus to Thacher Park for a spectacular view from the top of the Helderberg Escarpment!

Nature Bus will run every Saturday, with service starting on June 12, 2021, and running through September 25, 2021. Through generous support of state, local and private funds Nature Bus is FREE! This bus serving Albany’s communities is brought to you by Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in partnership with CDTA. 

Plan Your Day

You can use the Nature Bus to visit MHLC’s Bennett Hill and Norman’s Kill West preserves. (Click on the preserve names to learn more about the preserve!)

Thanks to our partners, here is a list of other exciting Nature Bus destinations:

Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm, Albany
Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Slingerlands
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar
Hilton Barn Park & Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Voorheesville
John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville
Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Bennett Hill Preserve, Clarksville
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Norman’s Kill West Preserve, Delmar


Where can I get on the bus?

• Livingston & Lark
• North Pearl & State
• South Pearl & State
• Second & South Pearl
• Second/Whitehall & Delaware
• Whitehall & New Scotland

To find the Nature Bus schedule, please visit the CDTA website.


Good to know before you go!

How do I make sure I don’t get lost?
All trails have maps and are marked, so navigation is easy! We also have a list of resources so you can plan your trip in advance. Trail maps can be found on all kiosks of the destinations served by the bus. Many of our program partners also have mobile apps for phones that make navigating trails even easier. Download MHLC’s Map App here.

Am I stuck at locations all day?
No. Nature Bus picks up and drops off 4 times per day, working to fit your schedule for a short day out or a long day with many stops. Morning, afternoon, we have you covered!

What should I wear or bring?
Sturdy shoes are a must at all locations. Bring an extra layer of clothing and a bottle of water. A hat and sunscreen are suggested as well as bug spray to repel ticks. Pre-load apps on your phone for the bus schedule and maps, as needed, and you are ready to go!









This project would not be possible without partnerships from CDTA, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, Friends of the Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm, Pine Hollow Arboretum, and Albany County. Funding to make this service free is courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, MVP Health, Friends of Thacher Park, and private funders.

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