Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

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A golf course is saved, and with it a historic green space

By KENNETH SACCARO The Richmond Country Club (RCCC) 124-acre golf course sits in the heart of the Greenbelt. It will forever be a green oasis thanks to a deal that was brokered in 1989 between Club members and New York State. The state, using funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality…

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Stone house headquarters of the Greenbelt Conservancy in High Rock Park Staten Island

When High Rock Park was home

By DOROTHY REILLY In 1912, what we now know as High Rock Park, was comprised of several privately owned parcels of land. The Tonking family purchased 12 acres to establish a poultry business they called “Mayroyd Farm.” Other parts of Staten Island’s central highlands were owned by the Vanderbilt, Walker…

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Ohrback lake in th eStaten Island Greenbelt

When the Greenbelt was welcomed to the family of parks

By KATHLEEN VORWICK In George Orwell’s book “1984,” the world as depicted, would have been a very depressing place. However, in the actual year 1984, a wonderful thing happened. After many years of hard work and studies… The Greenbelt was officially born. Its parents were the farsighted individuals who saw…

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Greenbelt Conservancy President Bonnie Fritz

A super start to spring in the Greenbelt

You may not notice it at the time, but spring will officially arrive in the Greenbelt at 5:58 PM on Wednesday, March 20. That is the moment, in this Year of the Greenbelt, of the vernal equinox, when the hours of daylight and dark are most nearly equal. What you…

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Greenbelt Summer Camp 2019: Curricula and Registration Information

The Greenbelt offers exciting, educational, hands-on summer camp experiences guiding children safely through outdoor exploration. Our camp is great for nature lovers, scientists, creative types, and adventurers alike! A five week series begins on July 9; sign up for all five sessions or choose just a couple!

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2019 High Rock Challenge: Results and Photos

Race day is Saturday, April 27, 2019. Two-member teams will compete in mystery events and physical obstacles, which are located throughout the approximately The course is almost entirely on the Greenbelt trail system, with just one (guarded) street crossing. Proceeds from the event help support Greenbelt trail maintenance. The HRC is held in memory of NYPD Officer, John Kelly.

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Environmental Education Programs & Field Trips for all ages.

The Greenbelt is an exceptional place for educators and students to explore the wonders of nature. We are always excited to share our forests and meadows with you! Our Environmental Education programs compliment learning standards; we are an official New York City Department of Education Vendor.

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The Greenbelt is your destination for fun and adventure!

Tbere are more things to do than ever before in this Year of the Greenbelt. We have activities for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Follow our event calendar and never miss a thing!

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