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Out of the Woods

On the Trail of Rediscovery

The green highlands of central Staten Island were saved, in the 1960s and ‘70s, by a small but dedicated band of islanders who used one simple tool – the hike – to raise public awareness. Most of the hikes were held in winter because, as one of the original hikers noted, “It was easier to see what was in there.” Join us on Jan. 27 for a free discovery hike, for young and old alike, on the same trails the founders trod. See the wonders they saw and learn what makes the Greenbelt such a special place.

- Bonnie Fritz, Greenbelt Conservancy President

photo of Gretta Moulton

High Rock Park and the Greenbelt: In the beginning there was Gretta Moulton

Raised from steel and stone and selfless dedication, Gretta Moulton gate atop Staten Island’s Nevada Avenue marks the entrance to High Rock Park, cornerstone of the Greenbelt. The double-sided gate, anchored by stone pillars on either side, was dedicated to Mrs. Moulton in 1994, some 30 years after she rallied…

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Man standing near a small lake in the high rock park section of the Staten Island Greenhbelt.

Welcome to the Year of the Greenbelt!

By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The calendar has opened a new year; the season has changed – and so has the Greenbelt Conservancy! During the coming months of 2019 we will be celebrating some notable anniversaries of events that made the Greenbelt the largest all-urban parkland in America. The Greenbelt was…

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snow covered woodland trail on Staten Island

Happy holidays!

  Happy holidays and best wishes for the coming year from the Greenbelt Conservancy board, staff and volunteers          

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image of the book High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park

A wonderful book and gift idea for Greenbelt fans

The 164-page, hardcover edition with color photographs tells the story of one of the most successful open-space preservation efforts in the nation, with a not-for-profit management structure still in place today. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, local citizens took on master planner, Robert Moses and won.  The outcome is today’s Greenbelt with its acres of natural areas, miles of trails and attractive parks and facilities.

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2019 High Rock Challenge: Early bird registration is open!

Race day is Saturday, April 27, 2019. Two-member teams will compete in mystery events and physical obstacles, which are located throughout the approximately The course is almost entirely on the Greenbelt trail system, with just one (guarded) street crossing. Proceeds from the event help support Greenbelt trail maintenance. The HRC is held in memory of NYPD Officer, John Kelly.

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Cold Feat 5/10K Trail Race: February 23, 2019 – Register now! Pre-race clinics offered.

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 so come on out to have 5 or 10K worth of fun with us!

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Winter Yoga Series: Friday Evenings in January

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25: Begin the new year – and your weekend – with an evening of indoor Yoga practice at the Greenbelt Nature Center.  Our friends from Five Boro Power Yoga will provide a series of four classes for people of all experience levels.   Come to all or some.  Stretch, breathe and relax your way into 2019.  Minimum donation to the nonprofit Greenbelt Conservancy is $10.00 per class – payable at the door.   BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and water bottle.

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The Greenbelt is your destination for fun and adventure!

Tbere are more things to do than ever before in this Year of the Greenbelt. We have activities for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Follow our event calendar and never miss a thing!

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