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.


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.


Sunday, July 28: Dragonflies of High Rock Park

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


Free Summer Concert Series: August Sundays at 3PM

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


Save the date: Friday evening, September 13: Annual Gala celebrating the “Year of the Greenbelt” and our distinguished honorees.


July 9 – August 12: Terrific Tuesdays at the Greenbelt Carousel in Willowbrook Park – A Toddler Program

Meet the Early Childhood Educators at the Carousel, and enjoy a nature activity! The Carousel is now open seven days a week in July and August!

image of the book High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park

A wonderful summer read for Greenbelt fans!

The 164-page, hardcover edition with color photographs tells the story of one of the most successful open-space preservation efforts in the nation, with a not-for-profit management structure still in place today. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, local citizens took on master planner, Robert Moses and won.

evening view of the Greenbelt Nature Center on Staten Island

Host a Celebration in the Greenbelt at our Nature Center or Carousel

The Greenbelt is a beautiful location for your special occasion. We offer two unique locations nestled in one of New York City’s most pristine nature preserves, only 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan.


Nature Notes

Gretta Mouulton Gate at High Rock Park in the Staten Island Greenbelt

A Fine Patch of Wild

It was 1976 when author and environmentalist, John Mitchell, described High Rock Park in the Greenbelt as “a fine patch of wild,” and in fact it is, and will always remain so.


Gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor): At Home in the Greenbelt

Come summer, the Greenbelt landscape is alive with the sounds of nature. Katydids, Cicadas, Warblers, Geese, angsty Blue Jays – and  many more species – fill our forests and wetlands with a plethora of distinct and magical sounds.


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…


From passers-by to permanent residents: Birds of the Greenbelt

Each year thousands of birds travel through our Greenbelt as they make the round-trip journey from the northern woodlands of New England to all points south.