Slideshow image


Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image


slideshow image


slideshow image


slideshow image


slideshow image


slideshow image


slideshow image


slideshow image


Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species.  They are accessible through our extensive trail system located in an urban setting. Read more about how this precious resource is managed and cared for.

 

Greenbelt Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Become a member; support and donate. We thank you.

GIFT IDEA

"High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park," Go here to learn more and to purchase a copy.

Calendar of Events

JULY 2014

Monday, July 7 – Summer Camp Begins: Go here for all the fun facts!

Saturday, July 4, 11 am – 5:45pm

Carousel for all Children is open on Fourth of July, and on most holidays during “carousel season!” The Carousel is open seven days a week in July.

Saturday, July 5, 4 pm (not at 2 pm as mistakingly printed on our postcard)

STATEN ISLAND PHILHARMONIC CONCERT – Free in Willowbrook Park, near the Carousel, Eton Place off Richmond Avenue

Join us for a free concert featuring the “Sweet Sounds of Liberty” performed by the Staten Island Philharmonic! Bring a lawn chair and picnic!

Saturdays, July 5, July 12 and July 19 at 11:00 am

Adult Art Series: In Full Bloom (Chalk Pastels)

Georgia O’Keefe will always be known for her careful observational studies of flowers and objects found in nature. Experiment with techniques using intense color, linear precision, and intricate detail as we create vibrant, dynamic compositions in chalk pastels based on her unique works. Group and individual attention given to all participants. No additional supplies needed! Fee for 3-part series: $60 non-members, $51 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Class size is limited, and prepaid registration is required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, July 9, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Weekday Weed Warriors

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season: weeding, watering, mulching, and more. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Recommended for teens and adults who can do strenuous outdoor activities. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, July 9, 8:00 pm

FrogWatch monthly monitoring session

Frog Watch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you! Bring a headlamp or flashlight for the night walk and monitoring. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up. Meet in front of the Greenbelt Nature Center. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, July 11, 10:30 am

Greenbelt Docent Training

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

Friday, July 11, 2:00 pm

Paws to Read OutLOUD for Kids

What a unique way to get some summer reading in!  Children ages 5 to 10 will have the opportunity to read nature poems and stories aloud to a therapy dog, then hike with the dog in the woods.  We will have an OutLOUD volunteer with a licensed (and gentle, child-friendly) therapy dog, an adorable boxer named Sweetie Pie.  Plus, Sweetie Pie will enjoy a walk in the woods.  Free program suitable for ages 5 to 10.  Visit www.statenislandoutloud.org for more information or call (718) 907-0709.  To register, call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, July 12, 8:30 and 9:30 am

GROUP HIKE FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS

Join members of the Disciples of Christ Ministry and Greenbelt naturalists for a group hike Saturday morning at 8:30. The hike is just two miles, and if you prefer a shorter route, meet us at 9:30 am for the second loop! Refreshments will be served after both hike segments. Please come in early on July 12 to register or you may pre-register by email at docm757@yahoo.com to
reserve your spot..

Wednesday, July 16, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Weekday Weed Warriors

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season: weeding, watering, mulching, and more. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Recommended for teens and adults who can do strenuous outdoor activities. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, July 18, 1:00 pm

Sing Along with Patrick

Join Patrick Raftery for a fun-filled, family-friendly summer sing along.  Plenty of fun in the forest as we sing about animals and great ways to experience the outdoors.  Afterwards, join us for an optional [and weather-permitting] cool down through the lawn sprinklers. Visit www.musicwithpatrick.com for information.  Registration recommended.  Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, July 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop along the LaTourette bike path and the Blue Trail with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet at the bike path entrance on the Old Mill Road next to the old St. Andrews Church. We will walk along the path toward its T-junction where we will cut invasive vines that strangle saplings along the trail (our 215th monthly workshop). If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, pruners and refreshments. After the 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, July 19, 8:30 – 10:30 pm

National Moth Night: Into the Woods!



Stay up late and celebrate National Moth Week! This year the Staten Island Museum is collaborating with NYC Parks and Deep Tanks Butoh.  Featured activities include: Museum moth specimens, microscopes, cool-pops, a night hike, contemporary dancers, and the dark beauty of the Greenbelt. Registration via www.statenislandmuseum.org. All ages and interests are welcome to bring flashlights, cameras, a container & a science notebook. Donation of $10 per adult/ children under 12 free. To learn more about National Moth Week go to http://nationalmothweek.org.

AS YOU LIKE IT performed outdoors by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre

Weekends: July 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm – Open seating

“As You Like It,” directed for the Greenbelt by Ritty Mahoney, follows the heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin, Celia, and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.

The play features one of Shakespeare’s most famous and oft-quoted speeches, “All the World’s a Stage,” and is the origin of the phrase “too much of a good thing.”
Free performances in High Rock Park are held outdoors. Bench seating is open – first come, first serve. There will be no intermission. We suggest you share a ride to High Rock as our parking lot is small. There is also a five minute walk from the parking lot to the performance area. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you prefer it over our rustic benches. Performances are generously supported by New York Community Trust

AS YOU LIKE IT performed outdoors by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre

Sunday, July 20, 26 at 2:00 pm – Open seating – SEE JULY 19 LISTING ABOVE

Sunday, July 20, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Best of the Blue Trail to the Cropsey Overlook and St. Francis Woodlands with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Join Hillel on a 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 High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, July 27. E-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545 for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Tuesday, July 22, 2:00 pm

Terrific Tuesday: Summer Reading and Bookmark Making

Reading is fun, but reading in the forest among friends is even more fun. Join the Greenbelt Educators for a read-aloud of a non-fiction and a fiction book about nature. Then decorate a nature-themed bookmark for your summer reading and into the school year. Afterwards, enjoy silent reading of a nature book of your own, or borrow one of ours, then cool down with an optional run through the lawn sprinklers. Free program suitable for ages 4-8. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, July 23, 10:30 am

Greenbelt Docent Training

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

Wednesday, July 23, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Weekday Weed Warriors

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season: weeding, watering, mulching, and more. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Recommended for teens and adults who can do strenuous outdoor activities. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, July 24, 2:00 pm

Create a Bottle Fish: Reduce, Reuse, and Reimagine

Learn how to transform a 2 liter plastic soda bottle into a colorful fantastic “flying” fish.  Suitable for ages 12 through adult. This program is sponsored by Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, July 25, 11:00 am

Fantastic Friday: Art Rocks!

Let your imagination run wild and discover how the shape of an ordinary rock can inspire you to paint an extraordinary design. The surrounding woodlands will also inspire your creation. This fun-filled workshop is suitable for children ages 8 and up. Fee: $8 non-members/$6 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday July 26, 11:00 am

Through the Lens Part 1: Exploration through Photography series (Rain date: Sunday, July 27, 11:00 am)

Join local award winning nature photographer Jarred Sutton as he presents “After Hurricane Sandy: A Look at Conserving Our Seashores & Marshes” a Staten Island Arts Grant funded program. Jarred will share photographs including scenic views, plants, and wildlife from his trips along the Northeast shoreline. A slideshow presentation on their beauty and importance in our ecosystems will be followed by a short photo hike along the beautiful trails in the Staten Island Greenbelt. Visit www.jarredsutton.com for more information. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, July 26, 1:00 pm

Silver Lake–How Sweet It Is!


Take a step back in time with historian Pat Salmon to discover more about a favorite staycation destination. Nineteenth century Staten Island was a well known vacation spot, and Silver Lake was a resort and hotel operated for those who enjoyed fishing, boating, and picnicking. By 1904 a city park was established. Discover how the lake was used over time, including ice harvesting, the resort era, the establishment of the park, and as a reservoir. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

AS YOU LIKE IT performed outdoors by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre

Saturday, July 26 at 2:00 pm (also on Sunday, July 27)- Open seating

“As You Like It,” directed for the Greenbelt by Ritty Mahoney, follows the heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin, Celia, and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.

The play features one of Shakespeare’s most famous and oft-quoted speeches, “All the World’s a Stage,” and is the origin of the phrase “too much of a good thing.”
Free performances in High Rock Park are held outdoors. Bench seating is open – first come, first serve. There will be no intermission. We suggest you share a ride to High Rock as our parking lot is small. There is also a five minute walk from the parking lot to the performance area. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you prefer it over our rustic benches. Performances are generously supported by New York Community Trust

Saturday, July 26, 9:15 am – 3:45 pm

10-Mile Greenbelt Circular Hike with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Join us for a pleasant tour of the woods, ponds and lakes of the Greenbelt. We will walk 10 moderate miles. Meet at Willowbrook Park at the Victory Boulevard entrance parking lot near the ballfields; the S62 Victory Boulevard bus stops here. Bring lunch and beverage and sturdy walking shoes. We go in all weather, but walk is shortened if high pollution levels occur. For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607, Charles Perry at 718-667-1393 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Sunday, July 27, 1:00 pm

Dragonflies Demystified at High Rock Park

Contrary to popular belief, dragonflies are not dangerous or scary. Join dragonfly expert Paul Lederer for a presentation, followed by a hike, to see dragonflies up close and personal and learn their special secrets. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. Suitable for ages 6 and up with an adult chaperone. Bring your binoculars! Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

AS YOU LIKE IT performed outdoors by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre

Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 pm (the final of four performances)- Open seating

“As You Like It,” directed for the Greenbelt by Ritty Mahoney, follows the heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin, Celia, and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.

The play features one of Shakespeare’s most famous and oft-quoted speeches, “All the World’s a Stage,” and is the origin of the phrase “too much of a good thing.”
Free performances in High Rock Park are held outdoors. Bench seating is open – first come, first serve. There will be no intermission. We suggest you share a ride to High Rock as our parking lot is small. There is also a five minute walk from the parking lot to the performance area. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you prefer it over our rustic benches. Performances are generously supported by New York Community Trust

Wednesday, July 30, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Weekday Weed Warriors

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season: weeding, watering, mulching, and more. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Recommended for teens and adults who can do strenuous outdoor activities. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Thursday, July 31, 7:00 pm

Growing Food on Staten Island

Join us for a showing of Jay Weichun’s documentary exploring the borough’s vegetable gardens, as well as the people who grow them. This documentary, filmed over several years, features a diverse and colorful array of plants and people who are part of this current chapter of the borough’s agricultural history. After the documentary, Jay will field questions from the audience. This free program is part of the Arts in the Greenbelt series, sponsored by New York Community Trust. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

AUGUST 2014

Friday, August 1, 2:00 pm

Six-Legged Wonders

Summer is a great time to discover some of the Greenbelt’s smallest residents. From brilliant butterflies to chirping crickets, many insects can be found crawling and flying through the forest. First, we will learn what makes an insect an insect. Next, we’ll go outside on a short walk in search of insects. Finally, we’ll create our very own insect to take home. Program is suitable for ages 4-8. Fee is $6 for non-members and $4 for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration is required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturdays, August 2, August 9 and August 16 at 11:00 am

Adult Art: Symmetry in Motion (Watercolors)

From the graceful beauty of a butterfly’s wings to the aerodynamically designed bodies of a dragonfly, formal balance is found throughout the insect world. Discover the wonder of some of the Greenbelt’s smallest but most colorful seasonal inhabitants and their surroundings as we capture their likeness in watercolors. Group and individual attention given to all participants. No additional supplies needed! Fee for 3-part series: $60 non-members, $51 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Class size is limited, and prepaid registration is required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, August 3, 11:00 am

Dog Days of Summer Hike

Hike with your canine companion before the heat of the day. Learn the trails on this moderate hike through the woods and make new friends. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. Registration required, limited to 12 people and their dogs. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, August 3, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

High Rock Park with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Participants will experience the legacy of biodiversity left behind by the Wisconsin Glacier over 12,000 years ago. The topography of the area sheds light on the geological history of the area. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. For more information, e-mail Will Lenihan at   wleni5584@gmail.com or call 518-645-0220. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Monday, August 4, 10:30 am – FREE

City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Presents

Puppet Mobile “Live” Puppet Show!

Join us in Willowbrook Park in front of the Carousel for a fun puppet show for kids of all ages.  Puppets always capture our hearts and imaginations!  This event is free and seating is on the lawn.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair!

Wednesday, August 6, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Weekday Weed Warriors

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season: weeding, watering, mulching, and more. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Recommended for teens and adults who can do strenuous outdoor activities. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday August 8, 2:00 pm

Ladybugs!

Learn how to identify ladybugs and become part of a citizen science program, the Lost Ladybug project, to help Cornell University scientists track ladybugs. Bring your digital camera. After a short walk around the nature center in search of ladybugs, we will make a ladybug note holder to remind us of the beauty and significance of ladybugs. Suitable for children ages 8 and up. This free program is part of the Time Warner Cable Awesome Afternoons series. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, August 9, 11:00 am

Through the Lens Part 2: Exploration through Photography series (Rain date: Sunday, August 10, 11:00 am)

Join local award winning nature photographer Jarred Sutton as teaches how he photographed all his subjects in “After Hurricane Sandy: A Look at Conserving Our Seashores & Marshes” a Staten Island Arts Grant funded program. Jarred will teach all the techniques on how he took all his photographs from his trips along the northeast shoreline. A slideshow presentation will be shown, followed by a short photo hike providing an opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice! Visit www.jarredsutton.com for more information. Free program. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, August 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop on the Rockland Avenue edge with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. (Note that this is the 2nd Saturday of the Month, not Protectors’ usual 3rd Saturday meeting.) We will walk the former Yellow Trail spur to Rockland Avenue where we will continue the work we began in March removing invasive vines from shrubs and saplings close to the road. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, pruners and refreshments. After a two hour work session (our 216th 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.

Monday, August 11, 10:30 am – FREE

City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Presents

Wildlife Theatre from the Central Park Zoo

Join us in Willowbrook Park in front of the Carousel for a fun performance and learn all about our animal friends. This event is free and seating is on the lawn.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair!

Wednesday, August 13, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Summer Fun for the Wee Ones for ages 2 – 4 years old

Come join us for stories, snacks and sprinkler fun in the Greenbelt. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 – 4 year old children and their caregiver, on Wednesdays, August 13, August 20 and August 27. Fee per session: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members, $8 non-members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, August 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Weekday Weed Warriors

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season: weeding, watering, mulching, and more. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Recommended for teens and adults who can do strenuous outdoor activities. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 pm

FrogWatch monthly monitoring session

Frog Watch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you! Bring a headlamp or flashlight for the night walk and monitoring. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Monday, August 18, 10:30 am – FREE

City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Presents

B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove

Join us in Willowbrook Park in front of the Carousel for a fun performance and lively music that will getcha moving. This event is free and seating is on the lawn.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair!

Wednesday, August 20, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Summer Fun for the Wee Ones for ages 2 – 4 years old

Come join us for stories, snacks and sprinkler fun in the Greenbelt. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 – 4 year old children and their caregiver, on Wednesdays, August 13, August 20 and August 27. Fee per session: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members, $8 non-members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, August 23, 10:30 am

Forest Fairytales

Sit back and listen to nature and hear an enchanted tale about the surrounding forest. Program is suitable for ages 3 and up with adult caregiver. Registration recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, August 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Studies in the Greenbelt: Summer in the Greenbelt with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

We will explore the Greenbelt including parts of Pouch Camp to observe all the different plants and animals of a unique woodland and its meadows, streams and ponds. Be sure to bring beverage, binoculars and field guides. Meet at High Rock Park Main Gate, 200 Nevada Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, August 31. E-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545 for more information. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Wednesday, August 27, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Summer Fun for the Wee Ones for ages 2 – 4 years old

Come join us for stories, snacks and sprinkler fun in the Greenbelt. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 2 – 4 year old children and their caregiver, on Wednesdays, August 13, August 20 and August 27. Fee per session: $6 Greenbelt Conservancy members; $8 non-members. Registration required. Space is limited. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

SEPTEMBER 2014

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

OCTOBER 2014

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.

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.

Share on Facebook