Caring for the Greenbelt's parks and open space
in Staten Island, NY through education,
conservation, research and prudent recreation

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Saturday, December 14: Christmas Bird Count – Calling all Citizen Scientists!

Join us and the Urban Park Rangers for the 120th annual Christmas Bird Count.

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Wednesday, December 18: Free Registration is now Open

Curious children from ages 8 – 10 are invited to join us with an adult chaperone to explore different facets of science

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Saturday, December 21: Winter Solstice Hike

Hike the winter forest (weather permitting) followed by a festive craft workshop.

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Sunday, January 19: Outdoor Survival Skills

This outdoor program, for ages ten and up, will cover basic shelter building, fire starting, tracking, and ways to protect yourself, while exploring winter’s wilderness.

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Celebrating Thirty Years of Accomplishments – Video, photos & media

Thank you to our wonderful friends and supporters.

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The Joy of Running in the Greenbelt

By Josh Pesin When I run through the Greenbelt, my senses become heightened and my body and soul become one with nature. Any worries and anxieties that are on my mind melt away as my body glides through the woods. Immersing myself in nature is always uplifting. Running along the trails…

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Hiking and Running Trails

Each trail crosses different terrain and offers a unique experience. In drier zones, red and black oaks, tulip, beech and hickory trees are common. Moister soils support red maples, white swamp oak and willow trees.

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

A wonderful read 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.

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Nature Notes

Bird sightings in the Greenbelt – an interactive feature

The Greenbelt provides habitat for myriad bird species.

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Download and/or borrow a “wand” to take along on your hike

Audio tours narrated by WQXR’s radio host, Jeff Spurgeon, will enhance your knowledge of Greenbelt flora and fauna.

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Group Hikes and Trail Map

We offer a range of hikes led by knowledgable leaders – on weekends and weekdays.

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Forest Fungi

While colorful changing leaves and cooler temperatures are the most noticeable characteristics of the Fall season, the forest floor also showcases a more subtle sign of transition. 

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