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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

FEBRUARY 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Project Learning Tree®: Early Childhood

Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration and is specifically designed for educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents, and others who work with children ages 3 to 6. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying music CD features songs from children’s musician Billy B. Brennan that encourages children to sing, dance, and move. Presented by Brittany DiLeo and NYS DEC staff. Workshop guide is free and available upon completion of workshop.  More information available at www.plt.org/environmental-education-for-early-childhood. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, February 7, 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 is 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. 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, February 8, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Take a Walk Staten Island! with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

You set your own pace for a walk on the multi-use Greenway trail in the Greenbelt. Enjoy the open sky and the rolling lawns of the golf course as we move into and out of woods. Get your dose of open space! Dress warm and bring a friend! Appropriate for all ages. Level terrain. Meet at the corner of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road at the Greenway entrance. 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, February 8, 2:00 pm

TRAIL of the Month: Lavender Trail in High Rock Park

Explore High Rock Park on this slow paced, interpretive hike around the Lavender trail. We will venture around Loosestrife Swamp, up to visit Lake Ohrbach and weather-permitting we will make our way to Walker Pond. Afterwards, warm up with a hot beverage in the High Rock Park Education Building. Free program. Suitable for beginners. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Growing Up WILD

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program geared towards those who teach ages 3-7. Growing Up WILD builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. The guide features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full-color 11”x17” activity guide. The training is free, but the Growing Up WILD guide needs to be purchased separately prior to workshop. More information available at www.projectwild.org/growingupwild.htm. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Saturday, February 14, 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 is 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. 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, February 14, 1:00 pm

Loving the Greenbelt

Fall in love with the forest and all the animals that make their homes here. Discover the animals that stay together and others that have more than one mate. We will make a craft, enjoy a story, and if the weather allows, we will take a short hike. This program is suitable for ages 4-8 with adult chaperone. Fee per craft participant: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, February 15, 2:00 pm

Composting and Windowsill Gardening

Let’s get dirt-y! While winter’s chill is still in the air, it is already time to prepare some seeds for eventual planting outdoors. Create a windowsill garden that can live year-round in the comfort of your kitchen, or be proactive in starting seeds for an outdoor plot. Learn about some of the benefits of growing fresh herbs, and also gain an understanding of how to build a better soil for your plants “from the ground up.” Feel free to bring recipes to share. Registration and pre-payment required. Fee: $10 non-members; $8 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

PRESIDENT’S WEEK – SCHOOL’S OUT – WE’RE IN!

Tuesday, February 17, 10:30 am

The Presidents Behind the Parks Hike

Join us for a hike through the central Greenbelt, as we quote and discuss the Presidents who conserved parkland across America. The hike begins at the Greenbelt Nature Center and will last about 1 hour. This program is suitable for ages 7 years and up. Free program. Registration required.  Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Tuesday, February 17, 1:00 pm

Animal Tracks

Animals leave clues about where they have been. Learn how to identify Greenbelt animals by their footprints. Practice your identification skills with a game of Animal Track bingo. Weather permitting, we will take a short hike on the N trail to see tracks in the soil (or mud or snow). This program is suitable for ages 5-9. Fee: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, February 18, 10:30 am

Games our Presidents Played

Our Founding Fathers didn’t have an Xbox, but they had plenty of low-tech, high-fun hobbies and games they turned to for entertainment. Join us to play like the presidents and the children of the First Families during this free Presidents’ Week program. We will explore many historical favorites such as hopscotch, thaumatropes, graces, quoits, ball-in-cup, and paper dolls, learning about the history of these games of yesteryear and having lots of fun along the way. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Thursday, February 19, 10:30 am

Hike to Bucks Hollow

In the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Sheep is also referred to as the Year of the Goat.  How are the Greenbelt and goats connected? Find out on this invigorating 60-90 minute hike through the central Greenbelt and learn more about the farms that once occupied this area and discover ruins and other clues about Staten Island’s pastoral past. This program is suitable for ages 7 years and up. Free program. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, February 19, 1:30 pm

Chinese New Year: Year of the Green Wood Sheep

Gung Hay Fat Choy – Happy New Year!  Come celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the Greenbelt Nature Center.  Learn about the history of this ancient celebration and the symbolism of the Sheep, the zodiac’s most artistic sign. Create fun crafts and enjoy traditional snacks. Suitable for ages 5 and up with adult chaperone.  Registration and pre-payment required. Fee $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members.  Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, February 20, 11:00 am

Drawn to Nature

Develop your child`s powers of observation, awareness, and creativity as they discover some of the amazing animals that call the Greenbelt home.  Instructions for drawing more realistic looking animals will be demonstrated as each student chooses their favorite Greenbelt animal to illustrate in colored pencil. This program is suitable 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.

Saturday, February 21, 10 am start

Cold Feat 10K Trail Run, LaTourette Golf Course/Club House

Go here for all the details and to register.

The Greenbelt’s “Cold Feat” 10-K Trail Race is brought to you by the Greenbelt Conservancy, King of the Mountain Events and NYC Parks.   We are grateful to the friendly staff at LaTourette golf course for allowing us to share their beautiful facilities on race day.  The golf course Grille Room Bar will be open post race to serve those over 21. Start/finish is by the federal style David LaTourette House.  The route begins on the rolling fairways and takes you off into the surrounding Greenbelt trails – rustic and hilly.  Due to elevations, parts of this course are challenging, making that feeling of crossing the finish line even more rewarding.  We run in all weather conditions and, based on past race experiences, have found it can be done!  This race will be professionally timed culminating in an awards ceremony. Refreshments and race appropriate apparel are provided for runners. Watch our calendar and stay tuned for information about free Sunday morning training runs with the Staten Island Athletic Club to prepare!

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist Greenbelt staff members starting at 8:30 am with setting up the event and distributing refreshments to the runners. Meet at the LaTourette Golf House, 1001 Richmond Hill 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, February 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop on the Blue and Red Trails with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet in the Greenbelt Nature Center parking lot, 700 Rockland Avenue (additional parking at the Recreation Center nearby). We will remove invasive shrubs and vines from the triangle between the Blue and Red Trails close to the Department of Parks restoration project at Rockland Avenue. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two-hour work session (our 222nd monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails. all Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 pm

Wintry Stroll

Let’s enjoy the Nature Center Trail with its many silhouetted trees that uncover the hidden mysteries that can only be seen in the winter season. This leisurely paced walk will last about 1 hour and give us an opportunity to explore many of nature’s clues, from animal tracks to tree buds. Free program. Suitable for ages 7 and up. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, February 22, 2:00 pm

Barking up the RIGHT Tree

A tree’s bark is one of the many features that makes a tree unique AND it is the best way to tell trees apart in the winter time. Join the Greenbelt Educators as we hike along the Nature Center trail to see how many different types of trees we can find by sight, touch, or smell of the bark!  We will then capture the beauty of winter trees with a craft. This program is suitable for ages 7 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.

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Saturdays, February 28 and March 7 at 11:00 am

Adult Art Series: Gargoyles and Green Men: Portraits of Wood and Stone (Charcoal)

Discover the mystery and architectural history of the stone faces that have been keeping watch outside churches of Europe for centuries. Then explore the ancient symbol of sanctity of nature known as the “Green Man” at this 2-part charcoal drawing series. Fee for two-part series: $40 non-members/$34 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, February 28, 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 is 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. If you have questions, call Darren Corona at Greenbelt headquarters during business hours at 718-667-2165, ext. 306, or email corona@sigreenbelt.org.

MARCH 2015

Sunday, March 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm

Build Your Own Backyard Wildlife Habitats

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

Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

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

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

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

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Thursday, March 5, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

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

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

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Film Screening: ARISE

Unitarian Church

312 Fillmore St, Staten Island, NY

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

Sunday, March 8, 10:00 am – noon

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

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

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 pm

FrogWatch USA training

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

Sunday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Old Mill Road Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

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

Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm

Manhattan Film Screening: ARISE

Impact Hub

394 Broadway, New York, NY

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

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Thursday, March 12, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

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

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

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

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 – 10:45 am

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

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

Sunday, March 15, 10:00 am – noon

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

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

Sunday, March 15, 1:00 pm

Leprechaun Hike

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

Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

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

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

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

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Thursday, March 19, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

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

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

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

Friday, March 20, 2015, 6:00 pm

Film Screening: ARISE

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

2800 Victory Blvd, Building 1P, SI, NY

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

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 – 10:45 am

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 pm

Film Screening: ARISE

Conference House Park Visitor Center

298 Satterlee Street, SI, NY

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

Saturday, March 21, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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

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

Sunday, March 22, 2:00 pm

Under the Microscope:  Fur, Feathers, and Fingernails

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

Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Peepers for two year-old children

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

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

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

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

Group Evening Hike – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Trail Run – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Thursday, March 26, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Greenbelt Tree Tots for three and four year-old children

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

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

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

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

WOMEN GREENING THE GLOBE: Symposium on Women and the Environment

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

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 – 10:45 am

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

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

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

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

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

Buck’s Hollow Hike: 12 noon & 2:00 pm

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

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

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

Wear your old clothes and be prepared to work hard as we re-route a portion of our Red Trail that suffers from erosion and overuse.  Our team will work together to improve this trail section that will benefit many who hike and run here.  Email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov or call 718-667-2165, ext. 311.

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

Group Hikes: Choose One!

I. 11:00 am: Multi-purpose Trail Hike
Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. Join us on our extended, fast-paced hike along our relatively flat and smooth multi-purpose trail to Richmond Town and Richmond Avenue, then return to the Nature Center.  RSVP: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or 718-351-3450, ext. 1

II. 2:00 pm: Celebrating Women of the Greenbelt and Gretta Moulton (Green Trail)
Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Enjoy our leisurely, interpretive hike around the Gretta Moulton/Green Trail. Gretta Moulton was the woman credited with leading the charge to save High Rock Park from residential development in the 1960’s and 70’s. She was a girl scout leader and environmentalist with extraordinary vision. All who visit High Rock Park owe her a debt of gratitude. RSVP: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or 718-351-3450, ext. 1

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

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

TRAIL of the Month: Multipurpose trail (Southwest LaTourette)

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

APRIL 2015

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

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

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

Sunday, April 12, 10:30 am – noon

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

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

Saturday, April 25

HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE ADVENTURE RACE

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

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

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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.

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

Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park

JULY 2015

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

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

Stay tuned for performance times and details.

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