Caring for the Greenbelt's parks and open space
in Staten Island, NY through education,
conservation, research and prudent recreation

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Saturday, December 14: Christmas Bird Count – Calling all Citizen Scientists!

Join us and the Urban Park Rangers for the 120th annual Christmas Bird Count.

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Wednesday, December 18: Free Registration is now Open

Curious children from ages 8 – 10 are invited to join us with an adult chaperone to explore different facets of science

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Saturday, December 21: Winter Solstice Hike

Hike the winter forest (weather permitting) followed by a festive craft workshop.

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Sunday, January 19: Outdoor Survival Skills

This outdoor program, for ages ten and up, will cover basic shelter building, fire starting, tracking, and ways to protect yourself, while exploring winter’s wilderness.

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Please support the nonprofit Greenbelt Conservancy

It is our distinct pleasure to bring the residents of Staten Island a little closer to nature every day. Please consider the Greenbelt Conservancy in your end-of-year giving.

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Celebrate at the Greenbelt Nature Center-Holiday gatherings, weddings and more!

The Greenbelt Nature Center provided a bucolic backdrop for any special occasion. The facility is available to rent in every season.

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Greenbelt “Venture” Program supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

We recently completed a new program in the Greenbelt that helped bring middle schoolers from underserved areas of the borough access, enjoy, and learn in and from nature.

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Education Programs – 2019/2020

Our programs compliment learning standards; we are an official NYC Department of Education vendor.

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Nature Notes

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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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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