Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

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Out of the Woods

On the Trail of Rediscovery

The green highlands of central Staten Island were saved, in the 1960s and ‘70s, by a small but dedicated band of islanders who used one simple tool – the hike – to raise public awareness. Most of the hikes were held in winter because, as one of the original hikers noted, “It was easier to see what was in there.” Join us on Jan. 27 for a free discovery hike, for young and old alike, on the same trails the founders trod. See the wonders they saw and learn what makes the Greenbelt such a special place.

- Bonnie Fritz, Greenbelt Conservancy President

Birding in the Greenbelt by Howard Fischer

Staten Island’s Greenbelt provides birders with some of the finest woodland environment in the five boroughs. The diversity of bird species found in these second growth forests is amazing. Birding falls into seasonal categories and the open spaces and wetlands of our Greenbelt certainly reflect that fact. Each season has its highlights, expected species and resident species. Photo: Red-shouldered hawk by Virginia Re.

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Gretta Mouulton Gate at High Rock Park in the Staten Island Greenbelt

Video: “Woodland Verse: A Glimpse into the Staten Island Greenbelt”

Enjoy a short video highlighting the Greenbelt’s natural resources and the people who care for them and visit. Our urban park in central Staten Island features and extensive trail system and open space to inspire and teach visitors of all ages and background the lessons of nature. Enjoy the video, and then please visit us soon!

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Greenbelt cited as New York City’s Remotest Spot

Inspired by ecologists, Rebecca and Ryan Means, Eben Pindychk of the “New Yorker” magazine, set out to find the remotest region in New York City. Guess what he discovered? The ecologists run “Project Remote,” an endeavor to locate and visit the point farthest from a road in all fifty states. Click the heading to read the full article.

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Cold Feat 5/10K Trail Race: February 23, 2019 – Register now! Pre-race clinics offered.

The “Cold Feat” course begins on the rolling fairways and takes you off into the surrounding Greenbelt trails – rustic and hilly. Due to elevations, parts of this course are challenging, making that feeling of crossing the finish line even more rewarding. We run in all weather conditions so come on out to have 5 or 10K worth of fun with us!

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2019 High Rock Challenge: Registration opens January 19

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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Winter Yoga Series: Friday Evenings in January

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25: Begin the new year – and your weekend – with an evening of indoor Yoga practice at the Greenbelt Nature Center.  Our friends from Five Boro Power Yoga will provide a series of four classes for people of all experience levels.   Come to all or some.  Stretch, breathe and relax your way into 2019.  Minimum donation to the nonprofit Greenbelt Conservancy is $10.00 per class – payable at the door.   BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and water bottle.

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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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