School’s out; we’re in: Winter Recess 2016

While taking a break from reading, writing and arithmetic, we invite those on their winter break to Join us at the Greenbelt Nature Center for hands on, nature-inspired programs for children. Topics range from recycling and navigating (way finding) your way along our trail system to lessons on snowbirds and prehistoric dinosaurs. Programs are free but registration is required so we make sure we can accommodate everyone.

Cold Feat 10K Trail Race – for the chill of it! Saturday, February 20, 2016

The “Cold Feat” course 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.

Bird sightings in the Greenbelt by Howard Fischer – an interactive feature

The Greenbelt provides habitat for myriad bird species. Scroll through this listing 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 from the Cornell Institute of Ornithology.

Visit the Nature Center & Host a Celebration Here!

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 […]

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Tree Census 2015

    Click on the flyer for improved viewing.

Summer Camp 2016 – Now accepting reservations

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: Opens for 2016 season on Saturday, May 7

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.

2016 Summer Camp Fees (click flyer to enlarge)

Greenbelt Explorer Half-Day Camp Descriptions 2015

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 […]

Richmond County Savings Foundation Exhibits at the Nature Center

Be among the first to explore and experience new interactive exhibit upgrades at the Greenbelt Nature Center, sponsored by the Richmond County Savings Foundation.  Spin the large trylon wall, examine what is inside [and below] a black walnut tree, and investigate Staten Island’s natural history.

Birding in the Greenbelt by Howard Fischer

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.

Have a Picnic

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 […]

Birds of the Greenbelt by Cliff Hagen

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 […]