School’s out; we’re in: Winter Recess 2016

While taking a break from reading, writing and arithmetic, we invite those on their winter break to Join us at the Greenbelt Nature Center for hands on, nature-inspired programs for children. Topics range from recycling and navigating (way finding) your way along our trail system to lessons on snowbirds and prehistoric dinosaurs. Programs are free but registration is required so we make sure we can accommodate everyone.

Cold Feat 10K Trail Race – for the chill of it! Saturday, February 20, 2016

The “Cold Feat” course begins on the rolling fairways and takes you off into the surrounding Greenbelt trails – rustic and hilly. Due to elevations, parts of this course are challenging, making that feeling of crossing the finish line even more rewarding. We run in all weather conditions and, based on past race experiences, have found it can be done! This race will be professionally timed culminating in an awards ceremony.

Bird sightings in the Greenbelt by Howard Fischer – an interactive feature

The Greenbelt provides habitat for myriad bird species. Scroll through this listing of birds that have been sighted in the Greenbelt; the list includes observations going back to 1968.
Click on the bird names in green for a link to species information from the Cornell Institute of Ornithology.

Living with deer in Staten Island

Deer populations are increasing across the United States. In fact, there are more deer in North America today than any time in history. Within New York City, populations of white-tailed deer are growing and expanding in the north Bronx and Staten Island. Deer benefit from abundant food and shelter available in those boroughs’ parks and green spaces.

2016 High Rock Challenge registration is now open – resolve to have more outdoor fun this year!

Two-member teams compete in mystery events and physical obstacles, which are located throughout the approximately 10-K course. Events are cleverly designed and encourage teamwork The course is almost entirely on the Greenbelt trail system providing beautiful scenery and fresh air! Proceeds from the event help support Greenbelt trail maintenance. The HRC is held in memory of NYPD Officer, John Kelly.

Visit the Nature Center & Host a Celebration Here!

The centrally-located Greenbelt Nature Center is a hub for a wide range of Greenbelt activities and programs. Here you may view the Richmond County Savings Foundation exhibits to learn about Greenbelt history, geography, flora and fauna, and current happenings.  Please enjoy our newly installed “Flexi-pave” walkways made from recycled materials, and also made possible with […]

Greenbelt cited as New York City’s Remotest Spot

Inspired by ecologists, Rebecca and Ryan Means, Eben Pindychk of the “New Yorker” magazine, set out to find the remotest region in New York City. Guess what he discovered? The ecologists run “Project Remote,” an endeavor to locate and visit the point farthest from a road in all fifty states. Click the heading to read the full article.

Tree Tots and Peepers, Winter 2016: Nature-inspired programs for toddlers and their caregivers

One is never too young to fall in love with the Greenbelt. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, toddlers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The programs will take place indoors and outdoors (weather-permitting) for two- year olds and their caregiver.

Volunteer Opportunities

We rely on volunteers to help keep the Greenbelt beautiful and forever green. Volunteering here is not only a great way to get involved in your community, it’s a great way to get to know one of New York City’s largest and most beautiful parks.   As you might expect, many of our volunteer projects take place outdoors along our trails system and in natural areas.  Volunteers are also a key component at special events such as our seasonal trail races and forest restoration clinics.

Buck’s Hollow Natural Areas Restoration

The NYC Parks Natural Resources Group (NRG) is conducting restoration work in Buck’s Hollow in the Greenbelt, as a part of the PlaNYC MillionTrees forest restoration initiative. The objective is to restore and enhance native swamp forest (wetland) habitat and remove the threat of a deteriorating tree canopy. The 6.8 acre site is located near the Greenbelt Nature Center, southwest of the curve in Rockland Avenue. Soon you will also see a restored forest.


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Here is a sampling of what takes place in the Greenbelt throughout the year. Come for a visit to be part of these wondrous activities. Each month offers distinctive and special happenings. And when the full moon hangs over the Greenbelt, all’s right with the world. East coast Native Indians gave names to each full moon, which we have listed. Learn more...

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