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

Celebrate in the Greenbelt!

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Hiking and Running Trails are Open for Solitary Recreation. The Greenbelt Nature and Recreation Centers are Closed. Programs canceled through April 12.

The Greenbelt’s legendary hiking and running trails remain open as government and health continues to allow people to visit parks while practicing safe distance protocols and completely avoid clusters of people.

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Learn about the Greenbelt while you’re at home!

Virtual Visit: Audio tours narrated by WQXR’s radio host, Jeff Spurgeon, will enhance your knowledge of Greenbelt flora and fauna.

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Con Edison Family Science Night: A monthly series

This series is on hold due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Please check back for updates.

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Frog Watch USA Monitoring

Our popular Frog Watch series is on hold due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Please check back for rescheduling when the time is right.

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Greenbelt Facility and Program & Weekend Parking Update

As of Tuesday, March 17, the Greenbelt Nature and Recreation Centers – and all NYC Parks nature and recreations centers – will be closed to the public.

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Summer Camp 2020 – Registration is now open

The best place for young naturalist to enjoy their summer break is the Greenbelt!

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Celebrate at the Greenbelt Nature Center

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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High Rock Challenge 2020 Important Update

Thank you for your continued involvement and support.

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Nature Notes

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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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.

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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.

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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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