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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

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.

JANUARY 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2:00 pm

Herbal Remedies for Winter Maladies

The dreaded head cold, sniffles, sore throats, and other winter maladies are no match for these easy, natural, and homemade remedies! Learn how to fortify yourself to ward off a colonization of unwelcome organisms as part of a seasonal wellness strategy, and also how to create comforting and effective natural relief if your defense becomes overwhelmed. Herbal teas, soup, and tonic samples provided. This program is suitable for ages 12 and up. Fee: Greenbelt Conservancy members $8 per person; non-members $10 per person. Registration and pre-payment required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Sunday, January 4, 11 am – 2 pm

Willowbrook Park, Gateway to the Greenbelt Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

This easy 3.5-mile loop walk takes us to the key features of this popular park: a lake, carousel, ballfields, archery range and a rich deep lowland woodlands and streams. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, January 11. 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, January 10, 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

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

Come join others who enjoy a cold day outdoors. Ten moderate miles at a comfortable pace. We meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue. Bring lunch and beverage and sturdy walking shoes. Dress warmly in layers. We go in all weather. Come see what the winter woodland has to offer: winter birds, bare forest trees, frozen ponds, evergreens and possibly some snow cover to detect deer visits, and always beautiful vistas. For more information, call Dominic Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036. Visit www.siprotectors.org for more hiking information.

Saturday January 10, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers:  Winter Wonders Mini-series (1 of 3)

Warm up this winter 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 January 10, 17 and 24 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 Conservancy 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, January 10, 11:00 am

Trail Maintainer Workshop: Invasive Plant Identification and Maintainer 101 Training

Learn how to identify invasive plants and restore and maintain trails.  No experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. To register, contact Jeanne Paliswiat at 718-667-2165, ext. 311 or Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Saturday, January 10, 1 pm – 3 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. We’ll meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue – http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI . Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home. 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, January 11, 2:00 pm

NEW! Introducing….TRAIL of the Month: Nature Center Trail

Kick off the new year by joining us on a healthy and educational adventure through the Greenbelt. In our “Trail of the Month” series we will explore a new trail each month and make our way through the entire Greenbelt trail system come 2016. For our introductory hike we will travel the Greenbelt Nature Center trail on this slower paced interpretive hike.  Meet in front of the Greenbelt Nature Center.  Free program. Suitable for beginners.  Registration required.  Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, January 17, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers: Winter Wonders Mini-series (2 of 3)

Warm up this winter 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 January 10, 17 and 24 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 Conservancy 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, January 17, 10 am – 2 pm

Forest Restoration Workshop between Moses Mountain and SeaView with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. If you arrive late, walk to the first bend of the entry road, follow the Yellow Trail past Moses Mountain. Take the unmarked trail to the right toward SeaView where we will uproot the alien Devil’s Walking Stick and cut Oriental Wisteria vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply tools, gloves 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.

Sunday, January 18, 1:00 pm

Natural History Hike  to Moses Mountain

Join the Greenbelt Educators and a National Park Service ranger on a peaceful hike to the top of Moses Mountain to see a spectacular view of the Greenbelt and beyond. Birds and animal tracks may be encountered along this tranquil trek. Additionally, we will discuss the connection of Robert Moses, a former New York City Parks Commissioner, to Gateway National Recreation Area and to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Suitable for ages 8 and up with adult chaperone. Free program. Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturday, January 24, 10:00 – 10:45 am

Seasonal Explorers: Winter Wonders Mini-series (3 of 3)

Warm up this winter 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 January 10, 17 and 24 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 Conservancy 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, January 25, 2:30 pm

Paws to Read OutLOUD for Kids

What a unique way to get some reading in! Children ages 5 to 10 will have the opportunity to read nature poems and stories aloud to therapy dogs. We will have an OutLOUD volunteer with a licensed (and gentle, child-friendly) four-legged furry friend. Free program suitable for ages 5 to 10. More information on www.statenislandoutloud.org or call 718-907-0709.  To register call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Saturdays, January 31 and February 7 at 11:00 am

Adult Art Series: Wondrous Winter Trees (Pastels)

Capture the wintry essence of trees in pastels during this 2-part series as we discuss the anatomy of landscape drawing and the “Great Sleeping Giants” that shape and define the Greenbelt.  Pre-payment and registration required. Fee for 2-part series: $40 non-members/$34 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

MARCH 2015

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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. 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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. 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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

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/$24 Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Check back for more March events!

APRIL 2015

Saturday, April 25

HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE ADVENTURE RACE

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

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments and directing runners with challenges. Multiple locations and start times.   To volunteer for any of our events you must be age 14 and up/under 14 with an adult.  If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling: 718-667-2165, ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Check back for more April events!

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