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Nature Notes

Invasive Species Information

Ahead of National Trails Day on June 5th, get to know some common invasive species and what you (and everyone!) can do to mitigate and prevent the movement of potentially harmful plants and animals between ecosystems. Scroll through the slides below, or find the full Invasive Species Slideshow here.    

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April Nature Activities – Earth Month!

April is Earth Month! To celebrate, the Greenbelt Education Department created a list of suggested activities and crafts to enjoy the arrival of spring and to celebrate the natural world. Find the full list of suggested Earth Month Activities here!

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March Nature Exploration – Vernal Ponds

If you have ever walked in the Staten Island Greenbelt and noticed a body of water that was not there in the summer, you may have come across what is known as a vernal pond. Vernal, meaning Spring in Latin, is an appropriate name. It seems to spring up from Winter to Spring and although…

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February Nature Exploration – Winter Tree ID

Greenbelt educators put together this resource to help you explore the natural amenities and wonders of Staten Island, right from your backyard or neighborhood green space! Wherever you are on the Island, you can enjoy this month’s Nature Notes topic – Tree ID in Winter! Download the complete PDF lesson by clicking the hyperlink above, or…

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