Summer Camp 2016

There is a wonderful summertime experience awaiting children in our great outdoors! The Greenbelt Summer Day Camp is an exciting and educational experience for children who love nature. The program takes place weekday mornings. Our camp serves three separate age groups and is supervised by the Greenbelt’s environmental education department. Register early!

New Interpretive and Trail Navigation Signage made possible by Con Edison

On Saturday, June 4, in celebration of National Trails Day, the Greenbelt Conservancy unveiled new trail-side interpretive signs that explain the flora and fauna of our natural areas park. “Way finding” signs are also new throughout the trail system; they will better help hikers navigate the Greenbelt’s extensive trails system.

“Into our Woods:” Friday, September 16 – Celebrate the Greenbelt Conservancy

Come Into Our Woods for a memorable evening celebrating the Greenbelt Conservancy on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7 – 10:00 pm. Hosted at the beautiful Nature Center nestled in the heart of the Greenbelt, our annual Fall Benefit will feature live entertainment, delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts, open bar, and an exclusive silent auction. […]

The Carousel for All Children: Open for season and available to privately rent

The Carousel For All Children is the splendid result of a collaboration between the Greenbelt Conservancy and NYC Parks. The office of the Staten Island Borough President provided capital funding for the carousel. The carousel was designed and built between 1997 and 1999 in Mansfield, Ohio by Carousel Works. According to the artisans, the carousel in Willowbrook Park is the largest and fanciest one they’ve created.

Volunteer Opportunities This Summer

We rely on volunteers to help keep the Greenbelt beautiful and forever green. Volunteering here is not only a great way to get involved in your community, it’s a great way to get to know one of New York City’s largest and most beautiful parks.   As you might expect, many of our volunteer projects take place outdoors along our trails system and in natural areas.  Volunteers are also a key component at special events such as our seasonal trail races and forest restoration clinics.

Summer for the Wee Ones: Nature-inspired programs for toddlers and their caregivers

One is never too young to fall in love with the Greenbelt. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, toddlers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The programs will take place indoors and outdoors (weather-permitting) for two- year olds and their caregiver.

Living with deer in Staten Island

Deer populations are increasing across the United States. In fact, there are more deer in North America today than any time in history. Within New York City, populations of white-tailed deer are growing and expanding in the north Bronx and Staten Island. Deer benefit from abundant food and shelter available in those boroughs’ parks and green spaces.

Greenbelt cited as New York City’s Remotest Spot

Inspired by ecologists, Rebecca and Ryan Means, Eben Pindychk of the “New Yorker” magazine, set out to find the remotest region in New York City. Guess what he discovered? The ecologists run “Project Remote,” an endeavor to locate and visit the point farthest from a road in all fifty states. Click the heading to read the full article.

Visit the Nature Center & Host a Celebration Here!

The centrally-located Greenbelt Nature Center – 700 Rockland Avenue near Brielle Avenue – is a hub for a wide range of Greenbelt activities and programs. Here you may view the Richmond County Savings Foundation exhibits to learn about Greenbelt history, geography, flora and fauna, and current happenings.  Please enjoy our newly installed “Flexi-pave” walkways made […]

Buck’s Hollow Natural Areas Restoration

The NYC Parks Natural Resources Group (NRG) is conducting restoration work in Buck’s Hollow in the Greenbelt, as a part of the PlaNYC MillionTrees forest restoration initiative. The objective is to restore and enhance native swamp forest (wetland) habitat and remove the threat of a deteriorating tree canopy. The 6.8 acre site is located near the Greenbelt Nature Center, southwest of the curve in Rockland Avenue. Soon you will also see a restored forest.


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Here is a sampling of what takes place in the Greenbelt throughout the year. Come for a visit to be part of these wondrous activities. Each month offers distinctive and special happenings. And when the full moon hangs over the Greenbelt, all’s right with the world. East coast Native Indians gave names to each full moon, which we have listed. Learn more...

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