Sustaining and enhancing the Greenbelt's
open space in Staten Island, NY through education, conservation, research and prudent recreation

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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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How High Rock Park was saved and the Greenbelt got its name

By BRADFORD GREENE The alarming rumor that Camp High Rock was about to be sold to a land developer by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York began my involvement in July, 1964 with Gretta Moulton, a Scout leader and Staten Island resident. She was determined to save the…

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photo of Gretta Moulton

High Rock Park and the Greenbelt: In the beginning there was Gretta Moulton

Raised from steel and stone and selfless dedication, Gretta Moulton gate atop Staten Island’s Nevada Avenue marks the entrance to High Rock Park, cornerstone of the Greenbelt. The double-sided gate, anchored by stone pillars on either side, was dedicated to Mrs. Moulton in 1994, some 30 years after she rallied…

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Man standing near a small lake in the high rock park section of the Staten Island Greenhbelt.

Welcome to the Year of the Greenbelt!

By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The calendar has opened a new year; the season has changed – and so has the Greenbelt Conservancy! During the coming months of 2019 we will be celebrating some notable anniversaries of events that made the Greenbelt the largest all-urban parkland in America. The Greenbelt was…

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evening view of the Greenbelt Nature Center on Staten Island

Host a Celebration in the Greenbelt at our Nature Center or Carousel

The Greenbelt is a beautiful location for your special occasion. We offer two unique locations nestled in one of New York City’s most pristine nature preserves, only 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan.

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Summer, 2019!

Summer Camp is almost full! Please call before registering to check availability – 718-351-3450.

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Growing Strong

There are more things to do than ever before in this Year of the Greenbelt.  The Greenbelt Conservancy was founded in 1989, which makes this our 30th anniversary year. 

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Environmental Education Programs & Field Trips

The Greenbelt is an exceptional place for educators and students to explore the wonders of nature. Our Environmental Education programs compliment learning standards; we are an official New York City Department of Education Vendor.

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Nature Notes

Birding in the Greenbelt

Staten Island’s Greenbelt provides birders with some of the finest woodland environment in the five boroughs. Photo: Nicholas Mundy – Black-crowned Night Heron in the Greenbelt, Spring, 2019.

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

A Fine Patch of Wild

It was 1976 when author and environmentalist, John Mitchell, described High Rock Park in the Greenbelt as “a fine patch of wild,” and in fact it is, and will always remain so.

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Greenbelt Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species that are accessible through an extensive trail system in an urban setting.

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Gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor): At Home in the Greenbelt

Come summer, the Greenbelt landscape is alive with the sounds of nature. Katydids, Cicadas, Warblers, Geese, angsty Blue Jays – and  many more species – fill our forests and wetlands with a plethora of distinct and magical sounds.

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