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

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Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends, In a year of immense challenge, sacrifice, and loss, the Greenbelt Conservancy and the Greenbelt remained open and serving the public. Thanks to the leadership of our Board of Directors, the dedication of our staff, and the unwavering support of donors like you, our mission remained resilient and…

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Annual Report Now Available

The Greenbelt Conservancy’s latest Annual Report is now available!   Find out more about this year’s program impact and other organizational accomplishments in the Greenbelt’s 2020 Annual Report.

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Overall Winner of Greenbelt Call-to-Artists Announced

The Greenbelt’s newest trail stewardship initiative, the Greenbelt Conservation Corps, recently ran an Island-wide Call-to-Artists to find the perfect logo to brand our gear!  We got a great response from local artists, and we are so thankful to all of them for their unique and original designs. The Overall winner…

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Reflections – Commissioner Paulo

The Greenbelt Conservancy mourns the loss of former Staten Island Borough Commissioner, Thomas Paulo, who passed away last week at his home. Commissioner Paulo was a dedicated public servant, having served nearly 20 years as Borough Commissioner of Staten Island parks. Commissioner Paulo began his career at NYC Parks in…

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Greenbelt @ Home | Virtual Field Trips now available on YouTube

As part of the ongoing Greenbelt @ Home series, the Greenbelt Education Department has been created a number of Virtual Field Trips! These programs are available on YouTube – find a full list of available options here: Virtual Field Trip Links

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Planning a First Day Walk or Winter Hike? Watch This!

Plan a cold weather excursion with Environmental Educator Christopher Ricker! In this tutorial, he demonstrates how to plan ahead and prepare for winter weather walks by dressing properly using the Base Layer System. This advice will help you continue to receive all of the physical, mental, and social benefits of…

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The Greenbelt’s Virtual Programming

  Welcome to Virtual Field Trips with The Greenbelt Education Department! The Greenbelt Educators have created a suite of virtual programs for students while in-person trips are suspended. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page for the latest offerings.    

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Suggested Nature Activities for September 2020

Note: While doing these activities, we should be practicing social distancing, staying at least 6 feet from the nearest person. Frequent hand washing for twenty seconds or more is advised. These activities are recommended to be done with your immediate family or household. If you want to include other friends…

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Nature Notes

Greenbelt Trail Map and Group Hikes

We offer a range of hikes led by knowledgable leaders – on weekends and weekdays.

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Forest Fungi

While colorful changing leaves and cooler temperatures are the most noticeable characteristics of the Fall season, the forest floor also showcases a more subtle sign of transition. 

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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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