The centrally-located Greenbelt Nature Center is a hub for a wide range of Greenbelt activities and programs. Here you may view the Richmond County Savings Foundation exhibits to learn about Greenbelt history, geography, flora and fauna, and current happenings. Please enjoy our newly installed “Flexi-pave” walkways made from recycled materials, and also made possible with […]
We rely on volunteers to help keep the Greenbelt beautiful and forever green. Volunteering here is not only a great way to get involved in your community, it’s a great way to get to know one of New York City’s largest and most beautiful parks. As you might expect, many of our volunteer projects take place outdoors along our trails system and in natural areas. Volunteers are also a key component at special events such as our seasonal trail races and forest restoration clinics.
There is a wonderful summertime experience awaiting children right in our great outdoors! The Greenbelt Summer Day Camp is an exciting, educational, hands-on summer camp experience for children who love nature. Six different one week sessions are offered, beginning in July on a Monday-through-Thursday schedule.
The Carousel For All Children is the splendid result of a collaboration between the Greenbelt Conservancy and NYC Parks. The office of the Staten Island Borough President provided capital funding for the carousel. The carousel was designed and built between 1997 and 1999 in Mansfield, Ohio by Carousel Works. According to the artisans, the carousel in Willowbrook Park is the largest and fanciest one they’ve created.
Explorer Summer Camp in the Greenbelt in 2015 Join us for half-day sessions in our great outdoors! Sign your young naturalist up for one or all six sessions. Eco-Camp July 6-9, July 13-16 Calling all campers who love learning about the natural world! The outdoors offers so much to observe and enjoy—especially if you know […]
Staten Island’s Greenbelt provides birders with some of the finest woodland environment in the five boroughs. The diversity of bird species found in these second growth forests is amazing. Birding falls into seasonal categories and the open spaces and wetlands of our Greenbelt certainly reflect that fact. Each season has its highlights, expected species and resident species.
The Greenbelt is a wonderful place to relax with your family and friends and enjoy a picnic. High Rock has picnic benches just inside the main gate. The picnic grove behind the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park offers a shaded spot for your family and friends. A playground, the Carousel and Willowbrook Lake […]
Each year thousands of birds travel through our Greenbelt as they make the round-trip journey from the northern woodlands of New England to all points south. And each year those thousands of birds find our Greenbelt a safe respite, a fruitful woodland along the Atlantic flyway to rest and refuel. The bi-annual fanfare of bird […]
Below is a list of birds that have been sighted in the Greenbelt; the list includes observations going back to 1968. Click on the bird names in green for a link to species information. Canada Goose Mute Swan Wood Duck American Black Duck Mallard Ring-necked Duck (Ohrbach Lake) Bufflehead Hooded Merganser Common Merganser Ruddy Duck Ring-necked Pheasant […]
There are six major Greenbelt trails that offer diverse hiking experiences for people of all abilities. Four woodland trails, on which bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited, are identified by the color of their blaze marks.