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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.

 

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Calendar of Events

SEPTEMBER 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6 PM

Greenbelt Conservancy Annual Gala

at the Richmond County Country Club

Celebrating our Silver Anniversary

All the details are here

Sunday, September 7, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Greenbelt Loop and Lunch with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

We’ll walk 6 moderate miles starting and ending at the Greenbelt Nature Center, with lunch at High Rock. This walk includes a gradual climb up Moses’ Mountain. Bring ample water and lunch. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, comfortable pants and a hat. Shorts are not recommended. Meet at 10:30 am sharp at the Greenbelt Nature Center at the intersection of Rockland and Brielle Avenues. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, September 14. E-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545 for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, September 7, 1:00 pm

Life on the Forest Floor

Take a closer look at the fun beneath our feet! There are so many more creatures crawling and slithering at or beneath the surface than meets the eye. Earthworms, millipedes, sowbugs, and other decomposers play a vital role in healthy forest ecosystems. We will take a short walk in search of invertebrates and use magnifying glasses, bug boxes, and our observational skills to examine them more closely. You may wish to bring a digital camera. Suitable for children age 6 and up. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. Registration required. This program is part of the Time Warner Cable Awesome Afternoons series. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, September 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Old Mill Road with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet behind St Andrew’s Church, at the end of Old Mill Road. We will experience ecological succession in action while hiking a landscape once deforested by British troops during the American Revolution. For more information, e-mail Will Lenihan at   wleni5584@gmail.com or call 518-645-0220. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Wednesday, September 10, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, September 11, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, September 12, 7:00 pm

Bat Bonanza Night Hike

Back by popular demand! Enjoy a leisurely end-of-summer stroll around Willowbrook Park pond in search of our nocturnal mosquito-eater – the bat! Observe the aerial acrobatics of bats and learn a roundup of fascinating facts. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This program is sponsored by Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – A Volunteer Opportunity

Trail Restoration

Join Greenbelt staff removing invasive plants and restoring trails in High Rock Park. Meet at the Visitor’s Studio, 200 Nevada Avenue. 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. Dress for the weather. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling: 718-667-2165, ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Saturday, September 13, 11:00 am

Decorate a Birdhouse!

Birds of a feather will flock to your brilliantly colored birdhouse. Learn more about the birds that visit the Greenbelt (and your yard), then decorate a birdhouse that feathered friends would love to visit. It also makes a great gift for the bird lover In your life. Program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Fee per craft participant: $6 for non-members; $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration is required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, September 14, 1:00 pm

Ponds Under the Spotlight

There is much more to our ponds than what you see on the surface. Explore the wetlands and learn about the life cycles of the pond along a short hike. Observe many of the ponds’ residents in action: swimming, basking, diving, or even walking on water. Then we will return to the Education Building to examine pond life, water, and more under microscopes, a flex cam, and other lab equipment sponsored by the Northfield Foundation. This program is designed for ages 8 and up and their adult chaperones and is sponsored by Councilwoman Debi Rose. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6 PM

Greenbelt Conservancy Annual Gala

at the Richmond County Country Club

Celebrating our Silver Anniversary

Thursday, September 18, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, September 20, 6:30 pm

“Bad Woods”

The Lenape called this the place of the bad woods. 

There is an impulse to go wandering down to the marsh.

The wildness of the dark woods haunts me.

“Bad Woods” is an hour-long dance performance and music installation, inspired by the native Lenape and the forests that exist in present day. Explore the wildness as it manifests within shadows, light, and the silhouetted movement during the sunset. This performance is choreographed by Melissa West and is part of the “Arts in the Greenbelt” program series. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, September 21, 11:00 am

Fantastic Forest Fitness Trek

Join the Greenbelt Educators for a brisk walk to the edge of the Greenbelt through forest , streams, and to the tidal wetlands of southwest LaTourette along the multi-purpose trail. This hike will begin at the Greenbelt Nature Center and last over two hours. Bring a snack, water, and wear insect repellent. Wear a pedometer if you would like to record your results. Suitable for ages 14 and up. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, September 21, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Willowbrook Park Field Study with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

This walk provides an opportunity to study nature closely in the field. Our route takes the small loop of the White Trail from the Carousel to the archery range and then to the chimney ruin. One goal of the walk is to count how many tulip trees you can spot. Bring flower and tree guides, loops or magnifying lenses, and lots and lots of questions. Share your knowledge of plant, fern and tree species with us. Meet at the Carousel; enter at Eton Place off Richmond Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, September 28. E-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545 for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill 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. We’ll meet at the stone wall on Meisner Ave, located by the intersection of Rockland and Meisner Avenues ( http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI ). Call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.com for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

A Vision for High Rock Park: Community Meeting Open to the Public

Please join NYC Parks and the Greenbelt Conservancy for a public presentation and discussion as part of the Conceptual Planning process for High Rock Park. We will present a draft-in-progress of our plan to make much-needed improvements to park facilities and visitor amenities, while maintaining the celebrated natural beauty of High Rock. We invite you to discuss with us and share your feedback so we can better shape this plan. The meeting will be held at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island. Please RSVP to Darren Corona via email at: corona@sigreenbelt.org or call 718-667-2165 ext. 306.

Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, September 24, 3:30 pm

The Forest Beneath our Feet

Take a closer look at the fun beneath our feet! There are so many more creatures crawling and slithering at or beneath the surface than meets the eye. Earthworms, millipedes, sowbugs, and other decomposers play a vital role in healthy forest ecosystems. We will take a short walk on the trail near the nature center in search of invertebrates and use magnifying glasses, bug boxes, and our observational skills to examine them more closely. You may wish to bring a digital camera. This free program is geared towards ages 8-12 and is part of the Time Warner Cable Awesome Afternoon series. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, September 25, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Trail Maintainer Workshop Orientation

Are you interested in the outdoors? Would you like to learn how to restore and maintain trails, but don’t know where to start?  Staten Island Parks and NY/NJ Trail Conference have volunteer opportunities available. Join us for an orientation session to discover the many ways in which you can give back to the open space you enjoy so much! No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. Volunteers will spend the morning on the trails for hands-on instruction. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue.

Saturday, September 27 and Saturday, October 4 at 11:00 am

Adult Art Workshop Series: What the Hex?

The start of the fall harvest season conjures up images of weekends visiting farms and orchards. In this workshop, we will examine and create images based on the hexagonal signs found throughout Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Group and individual attention given to all participants. No additional supplies needed! Fee for 2-part series: $40 non-members, $34 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Class size is limited, and prepaid registration is required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, September 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Reed’s Basket Willow Park 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 park entrance atop Spring Street in Dongan Hills. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Trail Maintainer Workshop – Orientation Session

Are you interested in the outdoors? Would you like to learn how to restore and maintain trails, but don’t know where to start?  Staten Island Parks and NY/NJ Trail Conference have volunteer opportunities available. Join us for an orientation session to discover the many ways in which you can give back to the open space you enjoy so much! No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome.  Volunteers will spend the evening in a classroom environment. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue.

OCTOBER 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, October 2, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Old Mill Road with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrew’s Church. 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, phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, October 5, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Greenbelt to Great Kills: White Trail Trek

Join the Greenbelt Educators and a National Park Service Ranger for a hike from forest to field to coastal habitat on the White Trail of the Greenbelt. This hike is more than 3 hours in length. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions, and make arrangements for a pickup from the Great Kills Park parking lot at Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo Street. Bring extra water, snacks, and/or a light picnic lunch. Meet at Willowbrook Park in front of the Carousel for All Children. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, October 11, 12 noon – 4 pm

Our Annual Pumpkin Festival in Willowbrook Park!

The prettiest pumpkins prevail at our old-fashioned fall festival that takes place around the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park. Puppets will visit at 1 and 3 pm; and Music with Patrick will be on hand for the little ones. Our environmental educators will have a fall-inspired activity for the family and the Carousel will spin throughout the day (rides are still just $1.50). Pumpkins will be for sale in our patch until we run out so arrive early for the best selection! Our rain date is the following day although not all attractions will be available.

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist Greenbelt staff from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm with setting up the pumpkin patch, face painting and arts and crafts activities and breaking down the event. Meet at the Carousel for All Children, 2 Eton Pl. 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.

Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am

Fantastic Fall

Experience the magical transformation of the autumn forest through a hike. We will then return to the Greenbelt Nature Center to create a fall photo frame to bring home. This program is geared for children from ages 4 to 8 years. Registration and pre-payment required. Fee per participant: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – A Volunteer Opportunity

It’s My Park Day: High Rock Park

Join Greenbelt staff planting trees in High Rock Park. Meet at the Visitor’s Studio, 200 Nevada Avenue. 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. Dress for the weather. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling: 718-667-2165 ext. 311 or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Saturday, October 18, 10 am – 2:00 pm

Walker Pond Clean up with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

To celebrate It’s My Park Day, Protectors’ 218th Forest Restoration Workshop will be a cleanup at Walker Pond. Meet in the parking lot on Summit Avenue adjacent to the pond. We will remove submerged bottles and cans and generally police the area. Protectors will provide gloves, rakes, bags and refreshments thanks to a Green Challenge grant provided by the Richmond County Savings Foundation. Our thanks to them for making this clean-up possible. This will be a long work session, but join us for what time you can contribute. If you have waterproof gloves and boots, bring them. In case of rain this event will be postponed until the Saturday, October 25. 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, October 25, 11:00 am

Spooky Silhouettes

Create a Spooky Silhouette wall or window decoration for your own “haunted house” using colored chalk on black paper. From twisting tree canopies to howling wind and rustling leaves, you can use inspirations from nature and your own imagination to depict a Halloween scene. This workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up. Fee per participant: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm

Under the Microscope: Autumn Leaves and Fascinating Fungi

Come see the Greenbelt’s fabulous fall colors, as well as what is decomposing and changing around us. Take a short walk to collect samples of fine foliage and search for magnificent mushrooms. We then look at the structure, function, and color of leaves under a microscope, and we will examine fungi specimens. We will use chromatography paper to separate out leaf colors. Program suitable for ages 8 and up. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Free program. This program is sponsored by Councilman Vincent Ignizio. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday, November 1, 11:00 am

Spirits of the Greenbelt Celebration

Let’s keep celebrating the spirit of Halloween in the natural environment of the Greenbelt Nature Center. Fall foliage, a beaded ghost craft, and treats are all part of the fun. This program is geared for children from ages 5 – 8 years. Wearing a costume is encouraged, both for children and their adult chaperones. Registration and pre-payment required. Fee per participant: $10 non-members/$8 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, November 2, 11:00 am

High Rock History Hike

Go back in time with Greenbelt educators to learn about some of the natural and cultural history of High Rock and the surrounding area during this moderate hour-long hike. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, and bring water. Appropriate for visitors ages 8 and up. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Monday, November 3, 5:00 pm

Nature at Night Hike

Get out and about in the Greenbelt to see which forest flora and fauna go bump in the night on this hour-long hike. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, water, and weather appropriate apparel and footwear, and don’t forget your sense of adventure! Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Program suitable for ages 6 and up. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm

Considering Robert Moses

Join us for a trip back in time, as Joseph Smith assumes the role of the polarizing urban planner and master builder Robert Moses. After hearing from Robert Moses himself, we will hear from a distinguished panel of experts as they discuss the legacy and impact of Robert Moses on the Greenbelt and the Borough of Parks as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Light refreshments will be served. This program is part of the Arts in the Greenbelt series, sponsored by NY Community Trust. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, November 8, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers for five to seven year-old children

Celebrate the season by joining Greenbelt staff for some fun-filled activities, crafts, stories and hikes (weather permitting). This mini-series consists of three Saturday morning sessions, 10:00 – 10:45 am, and is suitable for children ages 5 to 7 years, accompanied by a chaperone. Join us for one week or all three as follows:  
Fall Harvest Fun session: November 8, November 15, November 22
Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt members. Register and pre-pay for all 3 weeks and save:  $21 for non-members/$15 for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

November 8, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – A Volunteer Opportunity

Trail Restoration: High Rock Park

Volunteers are needed to assist with invasive plant removal in High Rock Park. Meet at the Visitor’s Studio, 200 Nevada Avenue. 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. Dress for the weather. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling: 718-667-2165 ext. 311 or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm

SIOutLOUD: NEA Big Read: To Kill a Mockingbird

Staten Island OutLOUD invites you to explore with us “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Harper Lee’s beloved novel. We’ll share ideas about this timeless story of Scout & Jem, their father Atticus Finch, their neighbor Boo Radley and all the residents of the little town of Maycomb. Weather permitting, we’ll also enjoy a short forest walk. We may spot a mockingbird, and kids may find a treasure or two hidden in the trees, just as Boo hid treasures for Scout & Jem. Good for all ages. More details available at www.statenislandoutloud.org. Registration recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers for five to seven year-old children

Celebrate the season by joining Greenbelt staff for some fun-filled activities, crafts, stories and hikes (weather permitting). This mini-series consists of three Saturday morning sessions, 10:00 – 10:45 am, and is suitable for children ages 5 to 7 years, accompanied by a chaperone. Join us for one week or all three as follows:  
Fall Harvest Fun session: November 8, November 15, November 22
Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt members. Register and pre-pay for all 3 weeks and save:  $21 for non-members/$15 for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, November 16, 1:00 pm

The Wolf Returns!

Back by popular demand! Join us as we welcome back staff of the New York Wolf Conservation for their presentation of Wolfology. Meet Atka, an arctic gray wolf, and learn about the important role wolves play in nature. Fee: Greenbelt Conservancy members – $12 per person, $45 for a family of four; non-members – $15 per person, $50 for a family of four. Suitable for participants ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, November 20, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 am

Fall Flat 5-K Trail Race – Registration is now open

Fall Flat takes place just before Thanksgiving and is the Greenbelt’s original 5K trail run. The course travels along Willowbrook’s White Trail and around the lake; it is mostly flat and well suited for novice runners and walkers as well as more competitive athletes. This race will be professionally timed culminating in an awards ceremony. Refreshments and race appropriate apparel are provided for registered runners. Go here to check out past race results and photos.

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist Greenbelt staff with set-up and break-down of the event, and food distribution starting at 9:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm. Meet at the Carousel for All Children, 2 Eton Pl. 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.

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers for five to seven year-old children

Celebrate the season by joining Greenbelt staff for some fun-filled activities, crafts, stories and hikes (weather permitting). This mini-series consists of three Saturday morning sessions, 10:00 – 10:45 am, and is suitable for children ages 5 to 7 years, accompanied by a chaperone. Join us for one week or all three as follows:  
Fall Harvest Fun session: November 8, November 15, November 22
Fee per week:  $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt members. Register and pre-pay for all 3 weeks and save:  $21 for non-members/$15 for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, November 23, 2:00 pm

Healthful Harvest

Learn about harvest traditions around the world, including discussion of sustainable agriculture, and prepare for next year’s garden (gardening tips and ideas, when to plant, what to plant etc.). Sample some of the seasonal bounty, including herbs and teas. This program is suitable for adults ages 16 and up. Fee: $9 non-members/$7 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, November 26, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, November 28, 10:00 am

11th annual Day after Thanksgiving Hike

Join the Greenbelt educators for our annual day after Thanksgiving hike in the Greenbelt. Walk off all that turkey and stuffing on this two-hour hike and enjoy the serenity of the woods, including a brief visit to the LaTourette house. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Dress appropriately for hiking and for the weather conditions. This program is sponsored by Councilman Vincent Ignizio. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, November 28, 1:30 pm

Sing Along with Patrick

Sing and shake the turkey away during a fun-filled, family-friendly sing along with Patrick Raftery. Plenty of fun in the forest as we sing about animals, the outdoors, and the coming of the winter holiday season. Visit www.musicwithpatrick.com for information. Registration recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

DECEMBER 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, December 4, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, December 6, 1:00 pm

11th Annual Family Holiday Craft Workshop

Join resident artist Kathy Trimarco as she leads a family craft workshop in which participants create pieces inspired from natural objects. Fee per craft participant: $10 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $12 non-members. Program suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, December 7, 2:00 pm

Space Travel: The Next Frontiers

The future of mankind lies in exploring Mars and other worlds, as well as tourism beyond the earth’s gravitational field. How can people prepare for such a flight? How will astronauts prepare for a flight to Mars? Why will all our descendants in the future have to make such a journey? Wagner College astronomy professor and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Harold Kozak, will explore the ways in which humans will not only travel in outer space, but will illustrate how humans will eventually terraform Mars, as well as other worlds. In addition, he will explain why it will be imperative for our descendants to find other habitable planets in the future. This presentation is geared to ages 7 and up. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, December 11, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am

Signs of the Season Saunter

December isn’t as deep and dark as some may say. Search for animal tracks, calling birds, evergreen trees and shrubs, and more as the trails near the Greenbelt Nature Center reveal how merry and bright they can be this holiday season. This trail walk is at least an hour in length and geared towards ages 6 and up. Carolers and ugly sweaters welcome! Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, December 17, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest at our two Fall sessions of Greenbelt  Peepers. 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, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 10, September 17, September 24 and October 1
Fall Session II – November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Please call us for pre-pay and multi-program discounts. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, December 18, 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 two Fall sessions 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:
Fall Session I – September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2
Fall Session II – November 20, December 4, December 11 and December 18
Fee: $8 per week for non-members; $6 per week for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Prepay and save for four week session:  $28 non-members/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Super saver prepay discount for eight week double session: $48 non-members/$40 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, December 20, 11:00 am

Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter

Celebrate the end of fall and look forward to the cozy winter days ahead. Weather permitting, we will take a short walk and see how the forest has been preparing for winter. Then we will create a special craft that will add light to the season’s shorter, darker days as we cozy up near the fireplace and enjoy a warm cup of tea or hot cocoa. This program is recommended for children from ages 4 – 8 years, with an adult chaperone. Fee per participant: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, December 21, 2:00 pm

The Science behind the Solstice

Learn myths and legends surrounding the season’s shortest day, as well as the science behind the shorter days and the snow to come. Join us for a short hike along the Nature Center Trail in search of seasonal changes, then cozy up by the fireplace to a cup of hot cocoa or tea. This program is geared for ages 10 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.

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