Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

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That opossum in your yard is no pest

By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy When the weather eventually warms after a too-long winter, prompting the trees to green up and the dandelions to once again invade the lawn, it also brings out bugs of every sort. We would be overrun by them were it not for our…

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To save High Rock and the Greenbelt, pea soup, sherry and a simple tool – the hike

By ELIZABETH SEDER The chaotic Rolodex in my mind rifled through the faces of friends from days long past, friends who hiked to save this glorious Greenbelt in the 1960’s. An image was fixed: that of Jean Roland serving pea soup at the end of a hike – Jean with…

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How to buy ‘bird-worthy’ binoculars

By WAYNE MONES The Greenbelt Conservancy If you are going afield to watch birds you will need binoculars. Good ones. But which binoculars? Here’s help. Bird-worthy binoculars must deliver a bright, clear image. In addition to having great light-gathering ability they must have a wide field of view.  They must…

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Hiking boot camp: How to choose shoes suitable for the trail

By Dr. HOWARD FOX The Greenbelt Conservancy Whether you’re a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail or out for a 20-minute walk through the Staten Island Greenbelt, few things can make your experience rewarding or painful than the happiness of your feet.  What you are wearing on them, how well they…

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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, Saturday, April 27: Registration is open!

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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