Caring for the Greenbelt's parks and open space
in Staten Island, NY through education,
conservation, research and prudent recreation

POSTPONED: Greenbelt “Venture” Program Spring session

This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the necessity to avoid contact with large groups. Please check back for updates regarding rescheduling. 

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

The Greenbelt Venture Program had a very successful pilot with exclusive support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). We welcome our new supporter, The Richmond County Savings Foundation.

The program brought ten middle school students to the Greenbelt in central Staten Island on Saturdays 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 Environmental Education Department is now accepting applications for our spring 2020 Greenbelt Venture Program session!

Spring session: Saturdays, March 21 –  May 23, 2020

The Greenbelt Venture Program is a 10-week program that offers 12-14-year-old boys and girls an outdoor adventure experience within the Greenbelt under the supervision of highly skilled outdoor professionals. Gear, snacks, and transportation to Greenbelt from designated location provided.

For questions and to apply, please contact: 718– 667-7475 ext. 119 
Christopher.ricker@parks.nyc.gov 

(applicants must be 12-14 year old middle school students living in Staten Island).

We are now preparing for the second (spring) phase of this amazing program, and are very pleased to welcome the Richmond County Savings Foundation as a new supporter.

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.