Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

Meet science in the Greenbelt. It’s genius!

children doing a science experiment at the greenbelt nature center

The Greenbelt is well known for its forests and streams, and for events that make Staten Island’s great outdoors part of your life. So, it might surprise you that one of our most popular adventures is a program that brings families together to explore science!

Family Science Nights in the Greenbelt, sponsored by Con Edison, is a monthly series of sessions that focus on exciting science topics and experiments that children and parents can accomplish together.

On May 15 the focus will be on fire and explosions. You’ll get a bang out of this! We will explore the science behind our most important tool – fire – and the neat stuff that happens to things when they are blown up. This session promises to be a blast!

Then, on June 19, young minds will light up with the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) experiments we could find.

Con Edison Family Science Night, now in its second season, features topics and fun, interesting experiments for children ages 8-10 and parents to accomplish. The sessions typically include a few self-guided activities that will start families thinking and working together. They are followed by a full group activity.

There are a few rules for participants. During our programs, one adult must accompany each child, with no more than two adults accompanying the child. (No organized groups, please).  Adults should be actively engaged and assisting their children with the activities. Please refrain from cell phone use aside from taking photographs of your youngster or using the phone as a stop watch during activities.

Science nights are held one Wednesday evening each month at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. The 6:30 pm adventures are free! But they are also very popular; space is limited and fills up fast. Registration begins early each month. A registration link will be posted on our events calendar. Or you can call the Greenbelt Nature Center at 718-351-3450.