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Calendar of Events

MARCH 2015

Sunday, March 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Reed’s Basket Willow Park Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Discover this hidden natural park in Dongan Hills. We’ll visit the three bodies of water in the park and stroll through the woodlands. Although none of Reed’s basket willow still grow near the swamp from which the park gets its name, the woodlands and stream are still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Meet at the Spring Street entrance in Dongan Hills at the corner of Spring Street and Medford Road. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm

Build Your Own Backyard Wildlife Habitats

Learn about the steps to take to make your yard, school, or garden space an inviting haven for wildlife. Many lawns and commercial landscaping elements look great, but lack essential components needed by insects, birds, and other animals who call backyards their homes. Enjoy some examples of wildlife-friendly backyard habitats, and consider creating a National Wildlife Foundation Certified Wildlife Habitat® for the outdoor residents that share your yard space.  Additionally, we will create a butterfly stone accent for your garden or to give to someone who loves the outdoors. This program is perfect for families, teachers and nature lovers and children 7 and up. Fee per participant: $6 non-members/$4 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 2 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Wednesdays, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 4: Most Wednesdays – Check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Greenbelt staff and Staten Island Athletic Club members lead a hike beginning at 6 pm and a trail run beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. The hike and trail run usually cover approximately five miles. Headlamps are required in every season. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Bring water and a snack if you think you’ll need it. No reservation is required. We go in all weather unless conditions are dangerous. Always check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates on changes or cancellations. Start/finish and parking: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue.

Thursday, March 5, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 3 to 4 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 3-4 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Thursdays, March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Film Screening: ARISE

Unitarian Church

312 Fillmore St, Staten Island, NY

Join us for a local Staten Island screening of the award-winning film, ARISE. Learn the stories of extraordinary women around the world who are working to heal the injustices against the earth. This event is part of the Greenbelt’s Greening the Globe Series, which includes a series of free events that celebrate women’s inspiring efforts towards creating sustainable communities. Free registration is here.

Sunday, March 8, 10:00 am – noon

Black Horse Ravine/Buck’s Hollow Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore a unique, natural ravine with mature woods and streams. One of the few places Sugar Maples are found on Staten Island. Easy, level terrain. Meet at the top of Roanoke Street at Brielle Avenue. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 pm

FrogWatch USA training

Become a citizen scientist and discover how you can help frogs and toads in our environment by identifying and monitoring their unique vocal calls. Frog Watch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you! We will begin with a presentation where you will learn about the species that live here and how to identify them. This training will kick off the Greenbelt’s FrogWatch USA. This program is part of the Con Edison Citizen Science workshop series. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot of High Rock Park. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Old Mill Road Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Participants will gather at the end of Old Mill Road behind the Church of St. Andrew located at 40 Old Mill Road. We’ll stroll along the multi-use trail next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of LaTourette Golf Course and return along the Blue Trail. From the remains of colonial structures to the Hessian Spring and the remains of Ketchum’s Mill we will take a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 2 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Wednesdays, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm

Manhattan Film Screening: ARISE

Impact Hub

394 Broadway, New York, NY

Join us for a Manhattan screening of the award-winning film, ARISE.  Learn the stories of extraordinary women around the world who are working to heal the injustices against the earth. This event is part of the Greenbelt’s Greening the Globe Series, which includes a series of free events that celebrate women’s inspiring efforts towards creating sustainable communities. Free registration is here. Directions to Impact Hub are here.

Wednesday, March 11: Most Wednesdays – Check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Greenbelt staff and Staten Island Athletic Club members lead a hike beginning at 6 pm and a trail run beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. The hike and trail run usually cover approximately five miles. Headlamps are required in every season. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Bring water and a snack if you think you’ll need it. No reservation is required. We go in all weather unless conditions are dangerous. Always check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates on changes or cancellations. Start/finish and parking: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue.

Thursday, March 12, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 3 to 4 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 3-4 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Thursdays, March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers:  Magical March Mini-series (1 of 3)

Celebrate the start of the spring season by joining the Greenbelt staff for some fun filled activities, crafts, stories and hikes (weather permitting). This mini-series will consist of three Saturday morning sessions on March 14, 21 and 28 and is suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old, accompanied by a chaperone.  Join us for one week or all three.  Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, March 15, 10:00 am – noon

William H. Pouch Camp (1975 – 2015) Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

When initial discussions to preserve Pouch Camp began, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods was there to share our successful experience shaping strategy for preservation. Protectors was well represented on the Committee to Save Pouch Camp, was the financial sponsor of the committee, published “The Greenbelt in Peril: Save Pouch Camp” and raised $12,000 for the direct support of the Trust for Public Land and the effort to purchase a conservation easement of the properties, thus ensuring preservation. Join with Dominick Durso to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, the preservation of Pouch Camp and the continuance of scouting programs. Participants will gather at 1465 Manor Road to explore the property and discuss the importance of scouting for our Staten Island community. For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, March 15, 1:00 pm

Leprechaun Hike

Join the Greenbelt educators as we search for elusive leprechauns and their pots of gold in this St. Patrick’s Day hike. Dress appropriately for hiking. This hike is approximately one mile and is suitable for children ages 7 and up. Free program. Registration required.  Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 2 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Wednesdays, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 18: Most Wednesdays – Check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Greenbelt staff and Staten Island Athletic Club members lead a hike beginning at 6 pm and a trail run beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. The hike and trail run usually cover approximately five miles. Headlamps are required in every season. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Bring water and a snack if you think you’ll need it. No reservation is required. We go in all weather unless conditions are dangerous. Always check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates on changes or cancellations. Start/finish and parking for this week only is at High Rock Park main gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306 (next week we will return to the Greenbelt Nature Center).

Thursday, March 19, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 3 to 4 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 3-4 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Thursdays, March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, March 20, 2015, 6:00 pm

Film Screening: ARISE

College of Staten Island (CUNY), Performing Arts Center-Recital Hall

2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1P, SI, NY

Join us for a local Staten Island screening of the award-winning film, ARISE.  Learn the stories of extraordinary women around the world who are working to heal the injustices against the earth. This event is part of the Greenbelt’s Greening the Globe Series, which includes a series of free events that celebrate women’s inspiring efforts towards creating sustainable communities.  Free registration is here. There will be a free shuttle bus from the Staten Island ferry terminal to take you to the CSI campus; stay tuned for details.

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training Sessions with Next Level Performance

Sessions held every Saturday from March 21 to April 18

Join certified trainers and veteran High Rock Challenge runners from Next Level Performance for these free outdoor sessions that will get you in the best High Rock Challenge shape ever! These workouts will include: Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling, Calisthenics and more. You may get muddy and wet at times so come prepared. Each workout will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes depending on your fitness level. No reservations are required, just wake up and show up! These sessions will get you familiar with race day course terrain as well. The sessions start on March 21 and will be held every Saturday to April 18. Meet at High Rock Park in the Greenbelt, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306. Share a ride and thank you for driving cautiously on residential roads leading into the park.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers:  Magical March Mini-series (2 of 3)

Celebrate the start of the spring season by joining the Greenbelt staff for some fun filled activities, crafts, stories and hikes (weather permitting). This mini-series will consist of three Saturday morning sessions on March 14, 21 and 28 and is suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old, accompanied by a chaperone.  Join us for one week or all three.  Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop at Hourglass Pond at High Rock with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet in the High Rock Park parking lot, 200 Nevada Avenue. We will follow the trail along the Cemetery’s edge to Hourglass Pond cutting vines and pulling Multi-flora Rose along the way; at the Pond we will remove invasive shrubs and vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 223rd monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 pm

Film Screening: ARISE

Conference House Park Visitor Center

298 Satterlee Street, SI, NY

Join us for a local Staten Island screening of the award-winning film, ARISE.  Learn the stories of extraordinary women around the world who are working to heal the injustices against the earth. This event is part of the Greenbelt’s Greening the Globe Series, which includes a series of free events that celebrate women’s inspiring efforts towards creating sustainable communities. Free registration is here.

Saturday, March 21, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Located in the Greenbelt, Heyerdahl Hill is nestled in an impressive stretch of woodland, holding ruins of a stone home built in the 1800s and plants and trees rarely seen in urban woodlands. Participants will meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue (http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI). For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm

Under the Microscope:  Fur, Feathers, and Fingernails

Looking up close, we discover that there is so much more to nature than first meets the eye. We will take a closer look at specimens of birds, reptiles, and mammals to compare how they are different and yet surprisingly the same. Weather permitting, we will take a short walk through the early spring forest to collect samples of things that strike our fancy and warrant further investigation up close. Program suitable for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot of High Rock Park. Free. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 2 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Wednesdays, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, March 25: Most Wednesdays – Check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Greenbelt staff and Staten Island Athletic Club members lead a hike beginning at 6 pm and a trail run beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. The hike and trail run usually cover approximately five miles. Headlamps are required in every season. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Bring water and a snack if you think you’ll need it. No reservation is required. We go in all weather unless conditions are dangerous. Always check the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Facebook page for updates on changes or cancellations. Start/finish and parking: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue.

Thursday, March 26, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Sit with your 3 to 4 year old child and enjoy hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, through which children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 3-4 year olds and their caregiver, as follows:

Thursdays, March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26

Fee per session: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Pre-pay and save for all 4 sessions:  $28 non-members/$20 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Save the Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 – All Day

WOMEN GREENING THE GLOBE: Symposium on Women and the Environment

GO HERE FOR REGISTRATION

We are pleased to announce that we will present a special conference focusing on women’s roles in environmental issues around the globe to take place during March 2015 – Women’s History month. Our staff, headed by Flynn Ferguson and Marisa Monte, is currently planning a weekend of presentations and outdoor activities to inspire, inform and empower. Stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for updates on conference details.  Sponsors and speakers may contact Flynn Ferguson at Flynn.Ferguson@parks.nyc.gov. The conference is inspired by the award winning film, ARISE, by Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando. Funding for the conference is provided by the Greener NYC Initiative Grant made possible by Staten Island’s New York City Council Delegation, which includes council members Vincent Ignizio, Debi Rose and Steven Matteo.

Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training Sessions with Next Level Performance

Sessions held every Saturday to April 18

Join certified trainers and veteran High Rock Challenge runners from Next Level Performance for these free outdoor sessions that will get you in the best High Rock Challenge shape ever! These workouts will include: Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling, Calisthenics and more. You may get muddy and wet at times so come prepared. Each workout will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes depending on your fitness level. No reservations are required, just wake up and show up! These sessions will get you familiar with race day course terrain as well. The sessions start on March 21 and will be held every Saturday to April 18. Meet at High Rock Park in the Greenbelt, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306. Share a ride and thank you for driving cautiously on residential roads leading into the park.

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers:  Magical March Mini-series (3 of 3)

Celebrate the start of the spring season by joining the Greenbelt staff for some fun filled activities, crafts, stories and hikes (weather permitting). This mini-series will consist of three Saturday morning sessions on March 14, 21 and 28 and is suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old, accompanied by a chaperone.  Join us for one week or all three.  Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Greenbelt Nature Center Open House: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ecosystem Exploration Hike: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Buck’s Hollow Hike: 12 noon & 2:00 pm

This event is part of the Greenbelt’s Greening the Globe Series, which includes a series of free events that celebrate women’s inspiring efforts towards creating sustainable communities. All events at, or originate at, the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue.

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Greenbelt Red Trail Restoration Project with Friends of Island Trails and NYC Parks

Wear your old clothes and be prepared to work hard as we re-route a portion of our Red Trail that suffers from erosion and overuse.  Our team will work together to improve this trail section that will benefit many who hike and run here.  Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue, SI, NY 10314. To volunteer for any of our events you must be age 14 and up/under 14 with an adult. Gloves and tools are provided. Please bring water and a light snack with you. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling 718-667-2165 ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Group Hikes: Choose One!

I. 11:00 am: Multi-purpose Trail Hike

Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. Join us on our extended, fast-paced hike along our relatively flat and smooth multi-purpose trail to Richmond Town and Richmond Avenue, then return to the Nature Center.  RSVP: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or 718-351-3450, ext. 1

II. 2:00 pm: Celebrating Women of the Greenbelt and Gretta Moulton (Green Trail)

Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Enjoy our leisurely, interpretive hike around the Gretta Moulton/Green Trail. Gretta Moulton was the woman credited with leading the charge to save High Rock Park from residential development in the 1960’s and 70’s. She was a girl scout leader and environmentalist with extraordinary vision. All who visit High Rock Park owe her a debt of gratitude. RSVP: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or 718-351-3450, ext. 1

This event is part of the Greenbelt’s Greening the Globe Series, which includes a series of free events that celebrate women’s inspiring efforts towards creating sustainable communities. If you have any questions, or would like to be involved in the symposium on Friday, March 27, please contact Flynn Ferguson, Event Coordinator via email: Flynn.Ferguson@parks.nyc.gov, phone: (718) 667-2165, ext. 304, or mobile: (347) 972-3523. Thank you for sharing your time, skills and enthusiasm with us.

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

TRAIL of the Month: Multipurpose trail (Southwest LaTourette)

Join the Greenbelt Educators for our first fast-paced, extended hike in the trail of the month series.  We will hike the entire multipurpose trail through Southwest LaTourette to Richmondtown, then back track to Richmond Avenue and return to the Nature Center. This hike will begin at the Greenbelt Nature Center and last approximately 2-3 hours depending on pace. Bring a snack, water, and wear insect repellent.  Wear a pedometer if you would like to record your results. Suitable for intermediate level hikers ages 12 and up. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

APRIL 2015

Saturday, April 4, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training Sessions with Next Level Performance

Sessions held every Saturday to April 18

Join certified trainers and veteran High Rock Challenge runners from Next Level Performance for these free outdoor sessions that will get you in the best High Rock Challenge shape ever! These workouts will include: Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling, Calisthenics and more. You may get muddy and wet at times so come prepared. Each workout will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes depending on your fitness level. No reservations are required, just wake up and show up! These sessions will get you familiar with race day course terrain as well. The sessions start on March 21 and will be held every Saturday to April 18. Meet at High Rock Park in the Greenbelt, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306. Share a ride and thank you for driving cautiously on residential roads leading into the park.

Saturday, April 11, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training Sessions with Next Level Performance

Sessions held every Saturday to April 18

Join certified trainers and veteran High Rock Challenge runners from Next Level Performance for these free outdoor sessions that will get you in the best High Rock Challenge shape ever! These workouts will include: Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling, Calisthenics and more. You may get muddy and wet at times so come prepared. Each workout will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes depending on your fitness level. No reservations are required, just wake up and show up! These sessions will get you familiar with race day course terrain as well. The sessions start on March 21 and will be held every Saturday to April 18. Meet at High Rock Park in the Greenbelt, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306. Share a ride and thank you for driving cautiously on residential roads leading into the park.

Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop at High Rock Park with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet in the parking lot of High Rock Park located at 200 Nevada Avenue. We will uproot the Oriental Wisteria that has gotten a foothold on the slope of Loosestrife Swamp close to the park entrance. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two-hour work session (our 224th monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, April 12, 10:30 am – noon

Nature Center Loop and Meisner Pond Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue, for a delightful stroll through the early spring woods of the Greenbelt. Watch for early spring flowering and listen for spring warblers. We will add a walk to the Meisner Pond, a restful natural oasis, doubling as a Bluebelt. Easy to moderate trail. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Saturday, April 18, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training Sessions with Next Level Performance

Sessions held every Saturday to April 18

Join certified trainers and veteran High Rock Challenge runners from Next Level Performance for these free outdoor sessions that will get you in the best High Rock Challenge shape ever! These workouts will include: Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling, Calisthenics and more. You may get muddy and wet at times so come prepared. Each workout will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes depending on your fitness level. No reservations are required, just wake up and show up! These sessions will get you familiar with race day course terrain as well. The sessions start on March 21 and will be held every Saturday to April 18. Meet at High Rock Park in the Greenbelt, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306. Share a ride and thank you for driving cautiously on residential roads leading into the park.

Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration in High Rock Park

Join the Greenbelt Natural Resource Team removing invasive plants and restoring trails. Meet at the Administration building in High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, SI, NY 10306. To volunteer for any of our events you must be age 14 and up/under 14 with an adult. Gloves and tools are provided. Please bring water and a light snack with you. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling 718-667-2165 ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Saturday, April 25

HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE ADVENTURE RACE

Registration is now open: Go here for all the details and to register.

Sunday, April 26, HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE SOLO 5-K

GO HERE TO REGISTER

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments and directing runners with challenges on both Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Multiple locations and start times. To volunteer for any of our events you must be age 14 and up/under 14 with an adult.  If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling: 718-667-2165, ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

MAY 2015

Saturday, May 2, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Carousel Opening Day  Celebration – our Sweet Sixteen!

Thank you to our opening day sponsor: TD BANK

Million Trees Tree Giveaway will take place in the morning. Details to come.
Celebrate the Carousel for all Children’s Sweet Sixteen with fun and games all afternoon outdoors in Willowbrook Park.  Puppets in the Parks will perform at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.  Greenbelt Conservancy members enjoy free rides on opening day; rides are still just $1.50 per spin!  Our refreshment stand will be open.

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

It’s My Park Day: High Rock Park

Join staff planting trees in the High Rock Park. Meet at the Administration building in High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, SI, NY 10306. To volunteer for any of our events you must be age 14 and up/under 14 with an adult. Gloves and tools are provided. Please bring water and a light snack with you. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling 718-667-2165 ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Thursday, May 21 – Save the Date for our annual Blue Jean Ball!

Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park

JULY 2015

Save the Dates: Saturday, July 18, Sunday, July 19, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26

William Shakespeare’s “MacBeth” performed by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre in High Rock Park

Stay tuned for performance times and details.

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