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2020 Fall Flat 5K – Register Today!

  Who’s ready to run? Registration for this year’s Fall Flat 5K is now open! Join us in-person on Saturday, November 21 at Willowbrook Park, or participate virtually. Spots are limited – save your race space by registering today! 

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We Remember

On this day 19 years ago, our city – and country – were forever changed. We owe a tremendous debt of thanks and gratitude to all those who put themselves in harm’s way that day, and in the weeks, months, and years that followed. One heartwarming anecdote from the months…

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2020 Carousel Update

Friends of the Greenbelt, Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park will not open this summer. The Carousel for All Children is a unique and fun-filled amenity for Staten Islanders of all ages, so it is with great sadness that we made the decision to cancel…

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Today is NYC’s Day of Action Against Covid-19

TODAY is New York City’s first Get Tested Day of Action! Did you get your test for COVID-19 yet? COVID-19 tests confidential, safe, and FREE! Go to ​NYC.Gov/COVIDTest ​or text “COVIDTEST” to 855-48 to find a testing site near you. Getting tested is safe, and by getting tested, you help…

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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 Activities for August 2020

RECOMMENDED NATURE ACTIVITIES FOR AUGUST 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…

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June Family Science Night – Chia Heads!

Join Greenbelt Educator Christopher Rommel as he demonstrates how to make your very own Chia head. Conduct your own experiment along with our educators by joining us at our live Zoom event on Thursday, June 18th at 3pm ! (Zoom meeting details TBD.) Sign up via Eventbrite for access to…

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Greenbelt Conservancy Resiliency Fund: Please Support

The Greenbelt Conservancy has launched a resiliency fund to help sustain operations through the COVID-19 crisis.

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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.

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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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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.

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