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Out of the Woods

The Greenbelt offers adventures for all seasons

During the cold months, it’s natural to not miss an opportunity to stay indoors. Of course, the Greenbelt Conservancy offers plenty of indoor things to do. Our events calendar is chock-a-block with them. But there is no shortage of hardy souls who cannot be cooped up in the house, even when the weather turns brisk. Luckily the Greenbelt offers adventures for all seasons, such as our Feb. 23 “Cold Feat” trail running event. Choose the 5K or 10K version and shake off the winter blahs! -Bonnie Fritz, Greenbelt Conservancy President
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How to buy ‘bird-worthy’ binoculars

By WAYNE MONES The Greenbelt Conservancy If you are going afield to watch birds you will need binoculars. Good ones. But which binoculars? Here’s help. Bird-worthy binoculars must deliver a bright, clear image. In addition to having great light-gathering ability they must have a wide field of view.  They must…

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Hiking boot camp: How to choose shoes suitable for the trail

By Dr. HOWARD FOX The Greenbelt Conservancy Whether you’re a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail or out for a 20-minute walk through the Staten Island Greenbelt, few things can make your experience rewarding or painful than the happiness of your feet.  What you are wearing on them, how well they…

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How High Rock Park was saved and the Greenbelt got its name

By BRADFORD GREENE The alarming rumor that Camp High Rock was about to be sold to a land developer by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York began my involvement in July, 1964 with Gretta Moulton, a Scout leader and Staten Island resident. She was determined to save the…

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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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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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2019 High Rock Challenge, Saturday, April 27: Registration is now 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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Con Edison Family Science Saturday for our Younger Scientists! Saturday, February 23, 11:30 am

Saturday, February 23: Save the date for this family program that is generously funded by Con Edison. Free online registration is here – just click.  We are introducing a new quarterly program that will connect families with younger children (Ages 5-7) to the wonders of hands-on science. To complete each…

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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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