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

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Carousel Weekend Hours Amended

Due to heatwave, our Carousel will close early at 3PM Friday – Sunday, July 19 – 21.

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Friday, July 26: Moth Night in High Rock Park

Moths are the night dwelling cousins of butterflies!  Join us, on this summer evening program to learn about the biodiversity of moths and other nocturnal insects – 9 pm.

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Sunday, July 28: Dragonflies of High Rock Park

This interpretive hike will explore dragonflies and their habitats and lifecycles. Photo: Richard Xuereb

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Free Summer Concert Series: August Sundays at 3PM

Join the talented musicians from Viva Voce Musical Ensemble for free concerts in the summer breeze!

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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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Hiking and Trail Running

There are six major Greenbelt trails that offer diverse hiking experiences for people of all abilities. Four woodland trails, on which bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited, are identified by the color of their blaze marks.

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Multi-use Perimeter Trail: Run, bike, hike or simply stroll

The multi-use trail is more of a path, much wider than the Greenbelt’s wooded trails.  The family-friendly 2.6 mile all-season trail is covered mostly with crushed gravel, gravel dust and screenings. It slopes gently downward as it extends westward from Rockland Avenue along Forest Hill Road to Richmond Avenue. Near…

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Nature Notes

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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Protect and respect: Please don’t feed the waterfowl

It would seem that providing food for ducks and geese would make them healthier. However, this is not the case.

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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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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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