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in Staten Island, NY through education,
conservation, research and prudent recreation

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Carousel for All Children – Opening Soon!

The Carousel will be opening soon! Please stay tuned for an announcement. Thank you for your patience.

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Greenbelt Summer Programs for Children

Greenbelt Education has a full roster of summer programing available for local children! Please note: These programs are in lieu of the traditional Greenbelt Summer Day Camp format. Please register via Eventbrite to save your child’s space. Registration opens on 4/29 at 10am, so don’t delay! Spaces are limited, so…

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Senior Manager Needed – Carousel for All Children

The Greenbelt Conservancy seeks a Senior Manager to run the operation of the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park! The Carousel is open seasonally May through October. The Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park is a beautiful Victorian-style merry-go-round that opened in 1999. The Carousel is fully accessible.…

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Sign up for NYC Parks Jr. Litter League

On April 1, 2021, NYC Parks is launching the Jr. Litter League, a new citywide competition and youth service program. Youth teams can sign up to help care for local parks, learn about the importance of the environment, and win fun prizes! Through the Jr. Litter League, teams of up…

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ConEdison Family Science Night – March 2021

  This month’s ConEdison Family Science Night will have participants working with Petri dishes to grow bacteria cultures from objects found around their home! Participants who pre-registered for the program can find the instructions for their experiment kits here: Petri Dish Experiment Instructions.

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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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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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