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

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Fall Group Hikes & Foliage Viewing Tips

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

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Saturday, September 21 @ 1 pm: Old Mill Road/Multi-use Trail Walk with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Join the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods to hike along the Greenbelt’s multi-purpose trail.

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Save the Date: Saturday, October 5 – Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

The prettiest pumpkins will prevail in our patch – come join us for all the Fall fun just before our Carousel closes for the season on the following weekend!

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Saturday, October 19: Learn how to become a Trail Maintainer (for 18-years old and up)

We need you! To help maintain our trail system!

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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 summer 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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High Rock Park History

Often referred to as one of the most tranquil places in New York City, High Rock Park is noted for its quiet ponds and deep woods

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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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Nature Notes

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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What is a Bio Blitz?

This year marked the third annual Staten Island Bio Blitz at Blue Heron Park, which is located on the south shore of Staten Island. The Greenbelt environmental educators were pleased to be involved. 

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The Ring Neck Snake Is An Attractive Greenbelt Inhabitant

One of the more diminutive snakes found on Staten Island is the northern ring neck snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsi)). While they are harmless to human, the ring neck snake is a terror to the salamanders, earthworms and insects that comprise the major part of their diet.

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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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