National Trails Day, Saturday, June 4: Celebrate the Trails and New Signage for Improved Hiking

Join us in High Rock Park and when we will be unveiling new trail-side interpretive signs that explain the flora and fauna of our natural areas park. “Way finding” signs are also new throughout the trail system; they will better help hikers navigate the Greenbelt’s extensive trails system. New signage has been made possible by generous funding from Con Edison.

Summer Camp 2016 – Spend the summer in our great outdoors!

There is a wonderful summertime experience awaiting children in our great outdoors! The Greenbelt Summer Day Camp is an exciting and educational experience for children who love nature. The program takes place weekday mornings. Our camp serves three separate age groups and is supervised by the Greenbelt’s environmental education department. Register early!

The Carousel for All Children: Open for season

The Carousel For All Children is the splendid result of a collaboration between the Greenbelt Conservancy and NYC Parks. The office of the Staten Island Borough President provided capital funding for the carousel. The carousel was designed and built between 1997 and 1999 in Mansfield, Ohio by Carousel Works. According to the artisans, the carousel in Willowbrook Park is the largest and fanciest one they’ve created.

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.

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.

Visit the Nature Center & Host a Celebration Here!

The centrally-located Greenbelt Nature Center – 700 Rockland Avenue near Brielle Avenue – 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 […]

Annual Blue Jean Ball: Go here to enjoy photos from the evening

Thursday, May 19, 2016 7 – 10 pm Go here to enjoy photos from the evening Carousel for All Children Willow brook Park in the Greenbelt 2 Eton Place, Staten Isand, NY 10314 Meet and mingle with your fellow supporters as we raise a glass to the Greenbelt Live music, open craft beer bar, wine […]

Tree Tots and Peepers, Spring 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.

2016 High Rock Challenge: Go here for SILIVE article, photos & video, and photos from our volunteer photographers throughout the course

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.

The Joy of Running in the Greenbelt by Josh Pesin

When I run through the Greenbelt, my senses become heightened and my body and soul become one with nature. Any worries and anxieties that are on my mind melt away as my body glides through the woods. Immersing myself in nature is always uplifting. Running along the trails feels effortless, largely due to the soft earth […]


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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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