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

Greenbelt “Venture” Program supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

We are so pleased and proud to have introduced this pilot program this Fall season. Kudos to our environmental education team for their passion and expertise. Thank you to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for its generous support. And to our students – who always inspire – we are so grateful!

A new program in Staten Island is helping middle schoolers from underserved areas of the borough access, enjoy, and learn from this asset.

The Greenbelt Venture Program, just wrapped up its pilot with exclusive support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). It brough ten middle school students to the Staten Island Greenbelt each Saturday to hike, play games, and build teamwork and leadership skills. The program encourages students to encounter nature, consider their relationship to it, and, using nature education as a matrix, engage in social-emotional learning.

The Greenbelt is a sprawling green space of parks  and nature areas—2,800 acres total— in the central hills of Staten Island. It is managed and sustained, in collaboration with NYC Parks, by The Greenbelt Conservancy, which initiated the Venture program.