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High Rock Park: The Elliot Willensky years

By A. MAE SEELEY A garden for the blind was just one of the many innovative outreach programs launched at High Rock Park during the 1970’s when the famed architect, author and city chronicler Elliot Willensky served as education director. A city boy himself, Elliot understood that a visit to…

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Blue Marble image of Earth from Apollo 17

Staten Island led the way to the first Earth Day. Come celebrate with us!

  By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy As the hills and meadows and forests of Staten Island emerge from winter and dress in their finest spring green colors, it’s time for Earth Day! As part of our series of “Year of the Greenbelt” events, the Greenbelt Conservancy invites you…

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Protecting the Greenbelt is a job that’s never completed

By ELLEN O’FLAHERTY PRATT For me it all began on December 26, 1979 when the Staten Island Advance headline read “Mayor Koch to sell SeaView.” The semi-abandoned hospital between Staten Island’s Brielle Avenue and Manor Road was built in the early 20th century as a tuberculosis sanatorium. By the 1950s…

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A golf course is saved, and with it a historic green space

By KENNETH SACCARO The Richmond Country Club (RCCC) 124-acre golf course sits in the heart of the Greenbelt. It will forever be a green oasis thanks to a deal that was brokered in 1989 between Club members and New York State. The state, using funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality…

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Greenbelt Summer Camp 2019: Curricula and Registration Information

The Greenbelt offers exciting, educational, hands-on summer camp experiences guiding children safely through outdoor exploration. Our camp is great for nature lovers, scientists, creative types, and adventurers alike! A five week series begins on July 9; sign up for all five sessions or choose just a couple!

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2019 High Rock Challenge, Saturday, April 27: Registration is open through Friday, April 26 at 4 pm

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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Environmental Education Programs & Field Trips for all ages.

The Greenbelt is an exceptional place for educators and students to explore the wonders of nature. We are always excited to share our forests and meadows with you! Our Environmental Education programs compliment learning standards; we are an official New York City Department of Education Vendor.

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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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