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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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Today is NYC’s Day of Action Against Covid-19

TODAY is New York City’s first Get Tested Day of Action! Did you get your test for COVID-19 yet? COVID-19 tests confidential, safe, and FREE! Go to ​NYC.Gov/COVIDTest ​or text “COVIDTEST” to 855-48 to find a testing site near you. Getting tested is safe, and by getting tested, you help…

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Camp Cancellation Notice – Greenbelt Summer Day Camp

The Greenbelt has a new slate of summer offerings for children ready for 2021; please see https://sigreenbelt.org/greenbelt-summer-programs-for-children/ for full information, including how to register. This is the latest update on the current status of Greenbelt Summer Day Camp 2020: Friends of the Greenbelt: After much thoughtful discussion with the Board…

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Statement from the Greenbelt Conservancy

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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

Invasive Species Information

Ahead of National Trails Day on June 5th, get to know some common invasive species and what you (and everyone!) can do to mitigate and prevent the movement of potentially harmful plants and animals between ecosystems. Scroll through the slides below, or find the full Invasive Species Slideshow here.  …

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Wildflower Season in the Greenbelt

May is a great month to go out looking for wildflowers in the Greenbelt! Find a helpful introductory guide below, or download the PDF guide here.

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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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