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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

NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday, November 1, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, November 1, 9:15 am – 3:45 pm

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods’ Annual Fall 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk

Colors should be at peak with some contrasting greens. Wear comfortable boots and long pants. Ten moderate miles in all weather. Park and meet at the end of Staten Island Boulevard, a block off Ocean Terrace, just above the Petrides Campus. Bring lunch and adequate beverage. For more information, call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

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, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@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.

Saturday, 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.

Fall into Service: Greenbelt Docent Training Sessions

Saturday, November 8, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Would you like to learn more about the Greenbelt, meet people interested in the local environment, and serve your community?  If your answer is “yes,” then the Greenbelt Docent Corps is a great opportunity for you. Learn all about the Greenbelt, from facilities and trails to flora and fauna.  Participants will receive a docent manual, filled with great information about this green oasis of parks, open space, trails, facilities and activities.  This training is free and geared towards adults over 18 years of age.  Registration is required.  Call 718-351-3450 or email flynn.ferguson@parks.nyc.gov.

Sunday, November 9, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Greenbelt Loop and Lunch with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Walk 4.3 moderate miles with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, starting and ending at the Greenbelt Nature Center with a stop for 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. Meet at 10:30 am sharp at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, November 16. 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, 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.

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

Meet at the White Trail crossing of Eleanor Street (close to Rockland Avenue). We will follow the White Trail north toward Nevada Avenue and uproot Multiflora Rose and uproot or prune the invasive vines that strangle trees and shade out our native plants. We will concentrate on Oriental Bittersweet vines that have grown into the tops of the trees. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, loppers and pruners (and refreshments). After a two-hour work session, we will take a short walk over nearby trails. Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, November 16, 1:00 pm

SOLD OUT!

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 second Fall 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:

Fall Session I – Completed

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. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, November 22, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@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: WE HAVE ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT – Thank you – There are other events for which we need your assistance, namely the December 6 Trails Festival Race. 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, 12 noon – 2:00 pm

Discover Francis Woodlands with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Walk 1.3 miles through towering trees and deep hollows. We will also stop at the overlook to take in the 14-mile panoramic view. This is a special place preserved forever. Meet at 12 noon at the end of Morse Avenue at Essex. Morse Avenue is 4 short blocks down Peru Street, which is a right turn off Ocean Avenue, 1 block past Manor Road going towards Richmond Road. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, November 30. For more information, call Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.

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 second Fall session 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 – Completed

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, November 26, 7:00 pm

Thanksgiving Eve Trail Run and Celebration – Head lamps are mandatory!

Wednesday Headlamp Group Trail Run… Join us as we celebrate the 3 year anniversary of this run. We will enjoy hot cocoa and treats at the Greenbelt Nature Center after the run. All are welcome to join run, (hike/run) and/or just come by the Nature Center. Run starts at the Nature Center. Hot cocoa and treats served around 8:45 pm.

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.

NOTE: The following event, Sing Along with Patrick, on Friday, November 28 is canceled.

Canceled: 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.

Saturday, November 29, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@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 second Fall session 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 – Completed

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 second Fall 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:

Fall Session I – Completed

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. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, December 6 – Volunteers Needed (see below)

Greenbelt Trails Festival and Ultra Race – Run 10, 25 or 50 K Course

Start/Finish: Henry Kaufmann Camp Grounds, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY

GO HERE TO REGISTER AND VIEW PAST RACE PHOTOS
Presented by King of the Mountain Events, the Greenbelt Conservancy and NYC Parks, this is a great trail run for all abilities. There will be a 10K, 25K, and for the hearty, a 50K course – all in the beautiful Staten Island Greenbelt. The trails are tight and technical. As you climb (yes there are some killer climbs in Staten Island) you can see views of NYC and New Jersey. You can travel for miles and miles through the Greenbelt and forget that you’re in NYC. All trails are completely marked so all you need to worry about is running. Start time for 50K runners is 8 am; start time for 25K runners is 9 am; start time for 10K runners is 10 am. 50K runners must have head lamp or flashlight for second loop. Cut off time will be 3 pm at the Greenbelt Nature Center mile 24. There will be plenty of food, snacks and energy drinks at several aid stations along the way for the 25K and 50K. When you finish, there will be a huge party just for you!! (OK, for the other finishers as well.) This is one event you don’t want to miss!!!!

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up the event and handing out refreshments to runners. Meet at the Henry Kaufmann Camp Grounds, 1131 Manor Road. 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, 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, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Best of the Blue Trail to the Cropsey Overlook with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Join Hillel Lofaso and Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on a late autumn walk to the Cropsey Overlook through the woods of the central Greenbelt. Pass ponds and kettle holes and marvel at how ice formed this landscape ages ago. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot, 200 Nevada Avenue. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 14. 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, 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 second Fall session 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 – Completed

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, December 10, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Greenbelt Conservancy Holiday Party at Flagship Brewery

Greenbelt Conservancy Holiday Party at Flagship Brewery
Join us as we celebrate another productive and successful year of hiking, learning, exploring and expanding our horizons in the Greenbelt. For just $35.00 per person (hey, we have 35 miles of hiking trails too!), enjoy great craft beer, live music, supper and the company of your fellow Greenbelt friends and supporters. To RSVP, please contact Christopher Hellstrom, director of development for the Greenbelt Conservancy at 718-667-2165, ext. 310 or by email at hellstrom@sigreebelt.org . Flagship Brewery is located at 40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY 10301. View and share flyer here! See you at the party!

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 second Fall 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:

Fall Session I – Completed

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. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, December 13, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@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 second Fall session 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 – Completed

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 second Fall 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 on Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, as follows:

Fall Session I – Completed

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. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, December 20, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@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.

Saturday, December 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop at the Gretta Moulton tract in High Rock with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet in the High Rock Park parking lot, 200 Nevada Avenue. If you arrive late, walk to the first bend of the entry road and follow the Yellow Trail to the Green Trail. We will be working by Manor Road where we will remove invasive vines from shrubs and saplings. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (and refreshments). After a two-hour work session 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, December 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Old Mill Road Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

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

Sunday, December 21, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

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

Walk a 3.2-mile loop in one of the wild valleys in New York City. Learn about the ecology of serpentine barrens. Meet at Meisner dam at Meisner Avenue and Manor Road. Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 28. 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, 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.

Saturday, December 27, 8:00 am and 9:00 am: Part of a series of free trail runs

Group Trail Run: Four mile loops

Shape Up NYC, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy are offering guided runs through the trails of the Greenbelt. Darren Corona of Corona Wellness will be our leader. The runs are geared toward those with running experience but who may not be familiar with the trail system. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. No RSVP is required. The 8 am trail run will consist of an approximate 4 mile loop starting and ending at the Nature Center. An extended run will be added at 9 am for those who wish to run longer distances. Runners who want to run both the 8 am and 9 am sessions are welcome to do so. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@sigreenbelt.org.

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