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Reflections – Commissioner Paulo

The Greenbelt Conservancy mourns the loss of former Staten Island Borough Commissioner, Thomas Paulo, who passed away last week at his home. Commissioner Paulo was a dedicated public servant, having served nearly 20 years as Borough Commissioner of Staten Island parks. Commissioner Paulo began his career at NYC Parks in…

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2020 Fall Flat 5K – Race Results

  Thanks to all who participated to make this 2020 event a wonderful and memorable experience! Find the day’s race results here.

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We Remember

On this day 19 years ago, our city – and country – were forever changed. We owe a tremendous debt of thanks and gratitude to all those who put themselves in harm’s way that day, and in the weeks, months, and years that followed. One heartwarming anecdote from the months…

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2020 Carousel Update

Friends of the Greenbelt, Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park will not open this summer. The Carousel for All Children is a unique and fun-filled amenity for Staten Islanders of all ages, so it is with great sadness that we made the decision to cancel…

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ConEdison Family Science Night – March 2021

  This month’s ConEdison Family Science Night will have participants working with Petri dishes to grow bacteria cultures from objects found around their home! Participants who pre-registered for the program can find the instructions for their experiment kits here: Petri Dish Experiment Instructions.

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Greenbelt @ Home | Virtual Field Trips now available on YouTube

As part of the ongoing Greenbelt @ Home series, the Greenbelt Education Department has been created a number of Virtual Field Trips! These programs are available on YouTube – find a full list of available options here: Virtual Field Trip Links

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Planning a First Day Walk or Winter Hike? Watch This!

Plan a cold weather excursion with Environmental Educator Christopher Ricker! In this tutorial, he demonstrates how to plan ahead and prepare for winter weather walks by dressing properly using the Base Layer System. This advice will help you continue to receive all of the physical, mental, and social benefits of…

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The Greenbelt’s Virtual Programming

  Welcome to Virtual Field Trips with The Greenbelt Education Department! The Greenbelt Educators have created a suite of virtual programs for students while in-person trips are suspended. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page for the latest offerings.    

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Nature Notes

April Nature Activities – Earth Month!

April is Earth Month! To celebrate, the Greenbelt Education Department created a list of suggested activities and crafts to enjoy the arrival of spring and to celebrate the natural world. Find the full list of suggested Earth Month Activities here!

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March Nature Exploration – Vernal Ponds

If you have ever walked in the Staten Island Greenbelt and noticed a body of water that was not there in the summer, you may have come across what is known as a vernal pond. Vernal, meaning Spring in Latin, is an appropriate name. It seems to spring up from…

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February Nature Exploration – Winter Tree ID

Greenbelt educators put together this resource to help you explore the natural amenities and wonders of Staten Island, right from your backyard or neighborhood green space! Wherever you are on the Island, you can enjoy this month’s Nature Notes topic – Tree ID in Winter! Download the complete PDF lesson by…

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Exploring Winter Birds

Greenbelt educators put together this resource to help you explore the natural amenities and wonders of Staten Island, right from your backyard or neighborhood green space! Wherever you are on the Island, you can enjoy this month’s Nature Notes topic – Winter Birds! Access a PDF by clicking the hyperlink…

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