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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

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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snow covered woodland trail on Staten Island

Happy holidays!

  Happy holidays and best wishes for the coming year from the Greenbelt Conservancy board, staff and volunteers          

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image of the book High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park

A wonderful book and gift idea for Greenbelt fans

The 164-page, hardcover edition with color photographs tells the story of one of the most successful open-space preservation efforts in the nation, with a not-for-profit management structure still in place today. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, local citizens took on master planner, Robert Moses and won.  The outcome is today’s Greenbelt with its acres of natural areas, miles of trails and attractive parks and facilities.

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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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Environmental Education Programs & Field Trips for all ages. Check out our toddler series!

The Greenbelt is an exceptional place for educators and students to explore the wonders of nature. We are always excited to share our forests and meadows with you! We offer both underhand outdoor programs. Our Environmental Education programs compliment learning standards; we are an official New York City Department of Education Vendor.

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Carousel for All Children is now closed for the season – We’ll see you in May, 2019!

The Carousel in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park is one of the happiest places in Staten Island. For just $2.00, 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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Volunteer Opportunities in the Greenbelt including MLK Day of Service on January 20

Volunteering in the Greenbelt is a great way to get involved in your community, and to get to know one of New York City’s largest and most beautiful parks.  Many of our volunteer projects take place outdoors along our trail system. There are also indoor tasks and projects happening throughout the year. Please contact us at volunteer@sigreenbelt.org to become involved!

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