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open space in Staten Island, NY through education, conservation, research and prudent recreation

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Free Summer Concert Series: Sundays in August at 3PM

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

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Biobltitz, August 16 & 17

FrogWatch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you!

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Wednesday, August 21: Return of Physics!

There are fundamental forces of nature that govern all matter.  Challenge, observe, and use energt to understand gravity, friction, and several other forces, as we once again return to the vast universe of physics. Click here for free registration on eventbrite.  A few short, self-guided activities will start families thinking…

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Sunday, September 8: Trail of the Month Hike: Moses’ Mountain and beyond!

Climb Moses Mountain before heading to High Rock Park and into Reeds Basket Willow Swamp.

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Nature Notes

The Ring Neck Snake Is An Attractive Greenbelt Inhabitant by Clay Wollney

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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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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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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