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Out of the Woods

The Greenbelt offers adventures for all seasons

During the cold months, it’s natural to not miss an opportunity to stay indoors. Of course, the Greenbelt Conservancy offers plenty of indoor things to do. Our events calendar is chock-a-block with them. But there is no shortage of hardy souls who cannot be cooped up in the house, even when the weather turns brisk. Luckily the Greenbelt offers adventures for all seasons, such as our Feb. 23 “Cold Feat” trail running event. Choose the 5K or 10K version and shake off the winter blahs! -Bonnie Fritz, Greenbelt Conservancy President
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How to buy ‘bird-worthy’ binoculars

By WAYNE MONES The Greenbelt Conservancy If you are going afield to watch birds you will need binoculars. Good ones. But which binoculars? Here’s help. Bird-worthy binoculars must deliver a bright, clear image. In addition to having great light-gathering ability they must have a wide field of view.  They must…

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Hiking boot camp: How to choose shoes suitable for the trail

By Dr. HOWARD FOX The Greenbelt Conservancy Whether you’re a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail or out for a 20-minute walk through the Staten Island Greenbelt, few things can make your experience rewarding or painful than the happiness of your feet.  What you are wearing on them, how well they…

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How High Rock Park was saved and the Greenbelt got its name

By BRADFORD GREENE The alarming rumor that Camp High Rock was about to be sold to a land developer by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York began my involvement in July, 1964 with Gretta Moulton, a Scout leader and Staten Island resident. She was determined to save the…

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High Rock Park and the Greenbelt: In the beginning there was Gretta Moulton

Raised from steel and stone and selfless dedication, Gretta Moulton gate atop Staten Island’s Nevada Avenue marks the entrance to High Rock Park, cornerstone of the Greenbelt. The double-sided gate, anchored by stone pillars on either side, was dedicated to Mrs. Moulton in 1994, some 30 years after she rallied…

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Winter is here in Greenbelt’s parks and trail system!

Throughout the winter months, there are still vistas to enjoy, however – the air is crisp and it’s a great time to explore.  Visibility is broader and birds nests are revealed in the tree tops.  The Greenbelt is home to a range of gorgeous trees – maple, tulip and sassafras, to name a few.  Walk the trails in the winter sunshine to enjoy the open feeling of the forest and the peace and quiet for which the Greenbelt is known. 

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Environmental Education Programs & Field Trips for all ages.

The Greenbelt is an exceptional place for educators and students to explore the wonders of nature. We are always excited to share our forests and meadows with you! Our Environmental Education programs compliment learning standards; we are an official New York City Department of Education Vendor.

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Carousel for All Children is now closed for the season – We’ll see you on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for opening day!

The Carousel in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park is one of the happiest places in Staten Island. For just $2.00, children of all abilities can enjoy a ride set against a backdrop of lush greenery. After, enjoy a stroll around Willowbrook Lake or walk a short section of the White Trail adjacent to the carousel. This magical venue is available to rent for your family or corporate gathering. “

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Volunteer Opportunities in the Greenbelt including Cold Feat Trail Race on Saturday, February 23 at 8:30 am

Volunteering in the Greenbelt is a great way to get involved in your community, and to get to know one of New York City’s largest and most beautiful parks.  Many of our volunteer projects take place outdoors along our trail system. There are also indoor tasks and projects happening throughout the year. Please contact us at volunteer@sigreenbelt.org to become involved!

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