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Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species.  They are accessible through our extensive trail system located in an urban setting. Read more about how this precious resource is managed and cared for.


Greenbelt Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Become a member; support and donate. We thank you.

Read a good book this year!

"High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park," Go here to learn more and to purchase a copy.

Visit the Nature Center

The centrally-located Greenbelt Nature Center 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.

“Into the Outdoors” public programs includes a range of programs including art workshops, author lectures, performances, and hikes throughout the year. Mini Camp, Peepers, and Tree Tots are programs for our youngest naturalists; “Nature of Art” workshops are offered for teens, adults, and seniors. Environmental education classes take place at the Nature Center as well. The Center is ADA compliant and presents many accessible programs. Click here for a complete calendar of events. Please feel free to contact our staff at (718) 351-3450 or e-mail for inquiries.

The Nature Center with its Richmond County Savings Foundation exhibits opened in 2004 and has since introduced more than a hundred thousand visitors to the Greenbelt. The building sits in harmony with its natural surroundings and offers views of Greenbelt woodlands from every vantage point. Enter through an decorative iron gate with a tree motif to discover the Greenbelt and all that it offers.

Hiking trails such as the Nature Center loop trail, and the Blue and White trails are easily accessible from the Center’s grounds. The “E trail,” a short extension to the Nature Center trail, is a destination for Greenbelt educators and their students.

The building’s “green” features include wide overhangs to keep the building cool in summer, a compost bin (we are a NYC Compost Demonstration site), a rain barrel for harvesting rainwater for flowering annuals and native species landscaping, which requires little or no additional watering.

The Nature Center is available to rent for a family celebration or corporate gathering. Click here for details on hosting your own event at this lovely location. Please contact Darren Corona, who may be reached at (718) 667-2165, ext. 306 or by email at to make arrangements or visit the Nature Center to discuss rental options.

The Nature Center is open all year; weekend and evening programs are offered:

April – November:      Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
November to March:   Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Extended hours during special programs.

Greenbelt Nature Center
700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 351-3450

Directions – link to google map and trail maps

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