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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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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