Preserving Staten's Island's Great Outdoors

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children doing a science experiment at the greenbelt nature center

Meet science in the Greenbelt. It’s genius!

The Greenbelt is well known for its forests and streams, and for events that make Staten Island’s great outdoors part of your life. So, it might surprise you that one of our most popular adventures is a program that brings families together to explore science! Family Science Nights in the…

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High Rock Park: The Elliot Willensky years

By A. MAE SEELEY A garden for the blind was just one of the many innovative outreach programs launched at High Rock Park during the 1970’s when the famed architect, author and city chronicler Elliot Willensky served as education director. A city boy himself, Elliot understood that a visit to…

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Blue Marble image of Earth from Apollo 17

Staten Island led the way to the first Earth Day. Come celebrate with us!

  By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy As the hills and meadows and forests of Staten Island emerge from winter and dress in their finest spring green colors, it’s time for Earth Day! As part of our series of “Year of the Greenbelt” events, the Greenbelt Conservancy invites you…

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Protecting the Greenbelt is a job that’s never completed

By ELLEN O’FLAHERTY PRATT For me it all began on December 26, 1979 when the Staten Island Advance headline read “Mayor Koch to sell SeaView.” The semi-abandoned hospital between Staten Island’s Brielle Avenue and Manor Road was built in the early 20th century as a tuberculosis sanatorium. By the 1950s…

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Winter is here in Greenbelt’s parks and trail system!

Throughout the winter months, there are still vistas to enjoy, however – the air is crisp and it’s a great time to explore.  Visibility is broader and birds nests are revealed in the tree tops.  The Greenbelt is home to a range of gorgeous trees – maple, tulip and sassafras, to name a few.  Walk the trails in the winter sunshine to enjoy the open feeling of the forest and the peace and quiet for which the Greenbelt is known. 

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Carousel for All Children will open for the season on Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Carousel in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park is one of the happiest places in Staten Island. For just $2.25 children of all abilities can enjoy a ride set against a backdrop of lush greenery. After, enjoy a stroll around Willowbrook Lake or walk a short section of the White Trail adjacent to the carousel. This magical venue is available to rent for your family or corporate gathering. “

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Have a Picnic

The Greenbelt is a wonderful place to relax with your family and friends and enjoy a picnic. High Rock has picnic benches just inside the main gate. The picnic grove behind the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park offers a shaded spot for your family and friends. A playground,…

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From passers-by to permanent residents: Birds of the Greenbelt

By Cliff Hagen Each year thousands of birds travel through our Greenbelt as they make the round-trip journey from the northern woodlands of New England to all points south. And each year those thousands of birds find our Greenbelt a safe respite, a fruitful woodland along the Atlantic flyway to…

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