Sustaining and enhancing the Greenbelt's
open space in Staten Island, NY through education, conservation, research and prudent recreation

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Annual Blue Jean Ball: Thursday, June 27 (new date) Click to purchase tickets

Thursday, June 27:  Please join us on this new date for our annual Blue Jean Ball at the Carousel in Willowbrook Park for guests 21 and over.  It’s a fun evening featuring live music by The Cause and the Effects, open craft beer bar from Flagship Brewery, wine and a…

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Summer Camp begins on July 8 (and we’re almost full)

Summer Camp is almost full! Please call before registering to check availability – 718-351-3450.

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Sunday, July 14: Hike the Red, White, and Blue Trails!

Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 Sunday July 14  @ 11 am: Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, and celebrate this season of independence as we navigate our way through the Red, White and Blue trails. We will cover approximately 5 miles.  Dress for the weather and…

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Friday, July 26: Moth Night in High Rock Park

Moths are the night dwelling cousins of butterflies!  Join us, on this summer evening program to learn about the biodiversity of moths and other nocturnal insects – 9 pm.

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

A wonderful summer read 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.

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Carousel for All Children 2019 season: Celebrating 20 Years!

The Carousel in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park is one of the happiest places in Staten Island. For just $2.25 children of all abilities can enjoy a ride set against a backdrop of lush greenery.

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evening view of the Greenbelt Nature Center on Staten Island

Host a Celebration in the Greenbelt at our Nature Center or Carousel

The Greenbelt is a beautiful location for your special occasion. We offer two unique locations nestled in one of New York City’s most pristine nature preserves, only 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan.

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High Rock Park History

Often referred to as one of the most tranquil places in New York City, High Rock Park is noted for its quiet ponds and deep woods

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Nature Notes

Birding in the Greenbelt

Staten Island’s Greenbelt provides birders with some of the finest woodland environment in the five boroughs. Photo: Nicholas Mundy – Black-crowned Night Heron in the Greenbelt, Spring, 2019.

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Gretta Mouulton Gate at High Rock Park in the Staten Island Greenbelt

A Fine Patch of Wild

It was 1976 when author and environmentalist, John Mitchell, described High Rock Park in the Greenbelt as “a fine patch of wild,” and in fact it is, and will always remain so.

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Greenbelt Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species that are accessible through an extensive trail system in an urban setting.

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Gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor): At Home in the Greenbelt

Come summer, the Greenbelt landscape is alive with the sounds of nature. Katydids, Cicadas, Warblers, Geese, angsty Blue Jays – and  many more species – fill our forests and wetlands with a plethora of distinct and magical sounds.

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