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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.

Our website is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Staten Island Foundation.

Calendar of Events

APRIL 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Chair Yoga for the Young at Heart

The gentle movements of chair yoga, along with the view of spring awakening from our tranquil terrace, will lift your spirits, calm your mind, and promote greater flexibility.  Join Yoga Instructor/Healing Arts Practitioner Terry Seaman for a journey through gentle mindful movements.  Free program.  Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, April 2, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Sensational Spring: 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, on Wednesdays, March 26, April 2 and April 9. Fees per session: $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 for non-members. Sign up and pay for all three sessions at once: $12 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $15 for non-members. Registration highly recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, April 3, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, April 5

Audubon spring bird tour of the Central Greenbelt

For registration and information, visit www.nycaudubon.org.

Saturday, April 5, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training in the Greenbelt

Strength & Conditioning Training

with NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE – nxtlevelnow.com

Sessions are fast paced and designed to build your strength and endurance for whatever the High Rock Challenge (details here) holds in store. Expect something different every week, the ROD is anything but routine. Certified instructors will guide you through a total body workout designed to engage the core and recruit numerous muscle groups, creating a high intensity cardiovascular based resistance routine. Sessions take place on Saturdays from March 15 – April 19, outdoors in High Rock Park, which will help you get acquainted with the terrain for race day. The degree of difficulty and the duration of the sessions will increase as the weeks go on and race time nears. Dress for the weather, bring water and be prepared to get dirty. Meet at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

Sunday, April 6, 8:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs open to all

Trail Running with Staten Island Athletic Club

Note: New Starting Location!

Run with the Staten Island Athletic Club as it leads a trail run through the Greenbelt. The run is for all levels; pace and distance will be modified to accommodate everyone. Meet at the entrance to Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314. Street parking only; do not drive into the Kaufmann Camp parking lot. No RSVP is required. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, April 6, 8:45 am

Train for the High Rock Challenge: Non-competitive Group Trail Run with NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE – nxtlevelnow.com

Join trainers and runners from Next Level Performance for shorter (four miles) training runs to help you get in trail running shape for the High Rock Challenge (details here) to be held on Saturday, April 26. Run leaders know the trail system and will guide you through proper trail running technique. You become familiar with the trails that will be part of the course on race day! This is not a competitive run, and it is open to runners of all abilities. The runs will be held every Sunday through April 20. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Please drive slowly and carefully through the residential neighborhood and try to share a ride. 

Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm

Spring in Focus: Microscope Investigations at High Rock Park

Let’s zoom in and take a closer look at the wonders of the spring season. From buds and flowers to feathers and wings, spring is even more sensational when we take the time to examine parts more closely. This program is geared for ages 8-13 and is sponsored by City Council member Debi Rose. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Sensational Spring: 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, on Wednesdays, March 26, April 2 and April 9. Fees per session: $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 for non-members. Sign up and pay for all three sessions at once: $12 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $15 for non-members. Registration highly recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, April 10, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, April 12, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training in the Greenbelt

Strength & Conditioning Training

with NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE – nxtlevelnow.com

Sessions are fast paced and designed to build your strength and endurance for whatever the High Rock Challenge (details here) holds in store. Expect something different every week, the ROD is anything but routine. Certified instructors will guide you through a total body workout designed to engage the core and recruit numerous muscle groups, creating a high intensity cardiovascular based resistance routine. Sessions take place on Saturdays from March 15 – April 19, outdoors in High Rock Park, which will help you get acquainted with the terrain for race day. The degree of difficulty and the duration of the sessions will increase as the weeks go on and race time nears. Dress for the weather, bring water and be prepared to get dirty. Meet at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

Saturday, April 12, 11:00 am

Nature Exploration Hike (vigorous)

Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest on this vigorous nature exploration hike. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Meet the Urban Park Rangers at High Rock Park main gate, 200 Nevada Avenue.

Saturday, April 12, 11:00 am

Bunnies in the Greenbelt

Spring is here, and Peter Cottontail is on his way. Did you know that Mr. Cottontail’s relatives live right here in the Greenbelt? Learn about the Easter Cottontail rabbit, hear a story about animals in springtime, and make a fun mask to take home. Suitable for ages 2-4 with caregiver. Fee: $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 for non-members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm

Greenbelt Docent Training

Would you like to learn more about the Greenbelt, meet people interested in the local environment, and serve the community? If your answer is “yes”, the Greenbelt Docent Corps is a great opportunity for you. Learn additional background information about the Greenbelt, from facilities and trails to flora and fauna. Participants will receive a docent manual, filled with great information about the Greenbelt. This training is free and geared for adults over 18 years of age. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, April 13, 8:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs open to all

Trail Running with Staten Island Athletic Club

Note: New Starting Location!

Run with the Staten Island Athletic Club as it leads a trail run through the Greenbelt. The run is for all levels; pace and distance will be modified to accommodate everyone. Meet at the entrance to Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314. Street parking only; do not drive into the Kaufmann Camp parking lot. No RSVP is required. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, April 13, 8:45 am

Train for the High Rock Challenge: Non-competitive Group Trail Run with NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE – nxtlevelnow.com

Join trainers and runners from Next Level Performance for shorter (four miles) training runs to help you get in trail running shape for the High Rock Challenge (details here) to be held on Saturday, April 26. Run leaders know the trail system and will guide you through proper trail running technique. You become familiar with the trails that will be part of the course on race day! This is not a competitive run, and it is open to runners of all abilities. The runs will be held every Sunday through April 20. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Please drive slowly and carefully through the residential neighborhood and try to share a ride. 

Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 am

Flowers and Showers

Let’s create tissue paper flowers to decorate a plastic watering can to take home. Give the decorative bouquet as a gift, or use the can to “shower” the flowers that grow outside. This program is suitable for ages 6 and up. Fee per participant: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, April 16, 1:30 pm

Second Hand Cool: Paper Bead Bracelets

Join us for a fun-filled workshop where everyday materials are transformed into an eco-chic accessory for your spring wardrobe. No experience necessary: we’ll show you what to do. This program is designed for ages 8-13 and their adult chaperones and is part of the Awesome Afternoons series, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, April 17, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, April 17, 7:00 pm

Nature at Night: High Rock Park

When the sun goes down, many animals make their presence known. From fluttering bats and moths to calling frogs and more, hike along the edge of the wetlands in search of wildlife. Hike is suitable for ages 8 and up with adult chaperone. Bring a flashlight or headlamp and wear insect repellent, and meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot of High Rock Park. This program is sponsored by the Luff Fund Wildlife Series. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, April 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, April 19, 9:00 am

High Rock Challenge Training in the Greenbelt

Strength & Conditioning Training

with NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE – nxtlevelnow.com

Sessions are fast paced and designed to build your strength and endurance for whatever the High Rock Challenge (details here) holds in store. Expect something different every week, the ROD is anything but routine. Certified instructors will guide you through a total body workout designed to engage the core and recruit numerous muscle groups, creating a high intensity cardiovascular based resistance routine. Sessions take place on Saturdays from March 15 – April 19, outdoors in High Rock Park, which will help you get acquainted with the terrain for race day. The degree of difficulty and the duration of the sessions will increase as the weeks go on and race time nears. Dress for the weather, bring water and be prepared to get dirty. Meet at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet at the side of Meisner Road (toward Eger Nursing Home) close to the intersection of Meisner and Rockland Avenue. We will follow the stream along Rockland Avenue and clean up trash from the stream edges and the banks of the bluebelt pond and fish what floatables we can from deeper waters.  This is a long, work session but join us for whatever time you can contribute. If you have waterproof gloves and boots, bring them. Protectors will provide bags and tools. In case of rain, this event will be postponed until April 26th. 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 20, 8:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs open to all

Trail Running with Staten Island Athletic Club

Note: New Starting Location!

Run with the Staten Island Athletic Club as it leads a trail run through the Greenbelt. The run is for all levels; pace and distance will be modified to accommodate everyone. Meet at the entrance to Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314. Street parking only; do not drive into the Kaufmann Camp parking lot. No RSVP is required. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, April 20, 8:45 am

Train for the High Rock Challenge: Non-competitive Group Trail Run with NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE – nxtlevelnow.com

Join trainers and runners from Next Level Performance for shorter (four miles) training runs to help you get in trail running shape for the High Rock Challenge (details here) to be held on Saturday, April 26. Run leaders know the trail system and will guide you through proper trail running technique. You become familiar with the trails that will be part of the course on race day! This is not a competitive run, and it is open to runners of all abilities. The runs will be held every Sunday through April 20. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Please drive slowly and carefully through the residential neighborhood and try to share a ride. 

Monday, April 21, 1:30 pm

Magnificent Monday: Earth under the Spotlight

As Earth Day approaches, let’s learn more about the Earth’s natural features, such as soil, pond water, rocks, and more. We will collect interesting samples to examine, then return to the Education Building to view these features (and more) through microscopes, a flex cam, and other lab equipment sponsored by the Northfield Foundation. This program is designed for ages 8-13 and their adult chaperones and is part of the Awesome Afternoons series, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Meet at the Nevada Avenue entrance to High Rock Park. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Tuesday, April 22, 10:30 am

Earth Day Hike

Listen for the sounds of spring and look for wildlife as we walk along the ponds of High Rock. Learn about the history of the environmental conservation movement on Staten Island and how it has and continues to protect the “heart and lungs” of the Greenbelt. This is a moderately-paced interpretative walk approximately 3 miles in length and suitable for ages 7 and up.  The hike begins at the Nevada Ave parking lot of High Rock Park.  Registration highly recommended.  Free program.  Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Tuesday, April 22, 1:30 pm

Grow Your Own Craft: Grass Head Guys and Gals

Feel the need for seed? Then create and design your own Grass Head with seed and soil inside a nylon stocking. Just add water and sunlight (and the occasional “trim”) and your grass head will continue to grow. This program is suitable for ages 6 and up. Fee per participant: $4 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 non-members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, April 23, 4:00 pm

Greenbelt Docent Training

Would you like to learn more about the Greenbelt, meet people interested in the local environment, and serve the community? If your answer is “yes”, the Greenbelt Docent Corps is a great opportunity for you. Learn additional background information about the Greenbelt, from facilities and trails to flora and fauna. Participants will receive a docent manual, filled with great information about the Greenbelt. This training is free and geared for adults over 18 years of age. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, April 24, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, April 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, April 26

HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE ADVENTURE RACE

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

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments and directing runners with challenges. 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 2014

Thursday, May 1, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, May 2, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, May 3 for CAROUSEL OPENING DAY and Morning Tree Give Away from the New York Restoration Project!

Celebrate spring with a tree give away from 10 am – 12 noon with our friends at the New York Restoration Project and a magical “Mobile Forest” that you can climb aboard all day long- here’s the flyer about the tree give away – and the beginning of “carousel season” and the “year of the horse!” We will have many treats in store including puppet shows by Puppets in Parks at 1 and 3 pm. Also on Carousel opening day, Saturady, May 3, folk singer, Caroline Cutroneo will lead a song circle from 12 – 3. Bring your own instrument and join in to learn and sing some of the classics. This event is generously funded by TD Bank.

Sunday, May 4, 11:00 am

Happy Hounds Hike

Bring your canine companion for a hike through the central Greenbelt. Learn the trails and make new friends. Hikers meet in front of the Greenbelt Nature Center. Remember to bring water and bags to pick up after your dog. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, May 8, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, May 9, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, May 10, 11:00 am

Spread the Love: Wildflower Seed Balls

Compost, clay, water, and sun: mix them up and have lots of fun! Let’s stir up a batch of wildflower seed balls, learn about local wildflowers and the benefits of adding wildflowers and herbs to your garden, yard, or other open space. Bring home a wildflower seed ball for yourself, or to give as a unique gift. This program is part of the 7th annual NYC Wildflower week, sponsored by Con Edison. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, May 15, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, May 16, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, May 17, 11:00 am

Adult Art: Botanical Watercolors

Using the inspiration of the Greenbelt during the growing season, participants will learn how to use the watercolor medium to create an accurate, life-like illustration of woodland wildflowers. Pre-payment and registration required. $17 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $20 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, May 18, 1:00 pm

Walking Among Wildflowers

Join us as we explore the bright green forest of early May on a moderate length hike. In honor of Wildflower Week, we will search for trillium, bloodroot, mayapples, and others. Hike meets at the Nevada Aveneue parking lot of High Rock Park. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, May 22, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, May 22, 7 pm for our Annual Blue Jean Ball at the Carousel in Willowbrook Park!

Friday, May 23, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Sunday, May 25, 9:00 am

Birding: Hawk Watch

Urban Park Rangers will guide the way to the best bird viewing area in High Rock Park. Bring binoculars, water, and wear comfortable shoes. Meet the Urban Park Rangers at High Rock Park main gate, 200 Nevada Avenue.

Thursday, May 29, 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, May 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, May 31, 11:00 am

Backyard Friends

Let’s enjoy what’s right outside in our backyard by joining the Greenbelt staff for a magical adventure into the forest. We will look for and talk about many forest friends. Weather permitting, we will hike for at least one hour. If it rains, we will bring the journey indoors. This program is recommended for families with children ages 3-7. Registration required. Free program. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

JUNE 2014

Wednesdays, June 4, June 11 and June 18, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Gearing up for Summer: 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, on Wednesdays, June 4, June 11 and June 18. Fees per session: $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 for non-members. Sign up and pay for all three sessions at once: $12 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $15 for non-members. Registration highly recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, June 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, June 6, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturdays, June 7, June 14 and June 21, 11:00 am

Adult Art Series: Get the Point! Oil Pastels

Study the works of George Seurat, founder of the Pointillism movement, and discover the effectiveness of his Post-Impressionistic painting technique using tiny dots of color. Color separation and application will be discussed. Learn and practice the technique of optical mixing with oil pastels. Pre-payment and registration required. Fee for 3-part series: $51 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $60 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, June 8, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Nature FunFind

Celebrate the 10th birthday of the Greenbelt Nature Center by embarking upon a quest in search of knowledge and fun. Along the way, complete various stations and activities related to the Greenbelt, and earn stamps and other prizes. From games and crafts to trivia and demonstrations, there is sure to be something for everyone. This quest is best completed in groups of two or more. Families, friends, and scout groups welcome. Upon completion of your quest, return to the Greenbelt Nature Center for a birthday celebration, complete with cake, surprise guests, and a special present for each of YOU. This celebration is sponsored, in part, by Time Warner Cable. Fee per participant: $8 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $10 non-members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Monday June 9, 2:00 pm

Pond Exploration!

Join us for a pond-tastic exploration of High Rock Park. Learn about water quality and how factors such as pH affect pond life. Also, search for water boatmen, diving beetles, and other aquatic life at or below the surface. Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot. This free program is part of the Con Edison Citizen Science series and is suitable for ages 7 and up with adult chaperone. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday June 11, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Gearing up for Summer: 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, on Wednesdays, June 4, June 11 and June 18. Fees per session: $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 for non-members. Sign up and pay for all three sessions at once: $12 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $15 for non-members. Registration highly recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, June 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 at our Spring session of Greenbelt Tree Tots. 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 every Thursday starting April 3 through June 12. Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, June 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, June 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

NatureFest at Willowbrook Park

For more information, visit www.statenislandmuseum.org.

Wednesday June 18, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Gearing up for Summer: 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, on Wednesdays, June 4, June 11 and June 18. Fees per session: $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6 for non-members. Sign up and pay for all three sessions at once: $12 for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $15 for non-members. Registration highly recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, June 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Rain date: Friday, June 27)

Solstice Eve Yoga with Wise Spirit Yoga – a fundraising event for the Greenbelt Conservancy

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Join us to celebrate the Solstice weekend with an outdoor group Yoga class for people of all ages. We’ll practice Yoga postures and breathing techniques outdoors with certified instructors from Wise Spirit Yoga. Come early at 5 pm for a leisurely group hike around Willowbrook lake – a great warm up before we begin. Bring your own mat, water and sunscreen, and dress for the weather (an extra layer in case it gets chilly). Suggested donation is $20.00 and $10.00 for students under 18 and seniors. All proceeds go to the Greenbelt Conservancy, which helps maintain the Greenbelt parkland and natural areas. Solstice eve Yoga will take place outdoors in Willowbrook park, Eton Place/Carousel entrance, off Richmond Avenue. Bring your friends!

Friday, June 20, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 am

Advanced Orienteering

Learn how to navigate using a map and compass. Materials are provided. Meet the Urban Park Rangers at High Rock Park main gate, 200 Nevada Avenue.

Friday, June 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

New! Group Hike/Walk presented by SHAPE UP at High Rock Park

Start your weekend off with a relaxing hike in the beautiful Greenbelt.   Enjoy spring’s arrival and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers. Our group leader is the Greenbelt’s own Darren Corona. This hike is suitable for all ages. Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended (no sandals) and please dress appropriately for the outdoors. This event is free and you do not need to pre-register – just show up and enjoy the experience – every Friday from April 18 to June 27! Meet at the High Rock entrance gate, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

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