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 FREE Guided Nature Walks and Talks on Staten Island organized by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods 

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is committed to increasing the stewardship of Staten Island’s existing parkland, bluebelt corridors, and nature preserves and to continuing the effort to preserve Staten Island’s natural areas. Protectors advocates for protection and preservation by educating our members, the general public and elected officials at all levels of government through meetings, workshops, walks, articles, newsletters, and sponsorship of environmental education.

Central Greenbelt Trails to Overlook

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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High Rock Park

Walk along the Greenbelt ridge through deep woods and arrive at the overlook for a restorative view of an idyllic landscape stretching to the bay. Dress warmly and bring snacks and beverage. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue off Rockland Avenue, Staten Island, NY. For more information, contact Hillel Lofaso at or 718-477-0545.

The Richard Buegler Winter 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk

Sunday, February 3, 2019


Greenbelt Nature Center

700 Rockland Avenue (at Brielle Avenue), Staten Island, NY 10314

The winter 10-miler begins at the Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island, NY winds its way through LaTourette Park before returning to the Nature Center. Participants will explore the heart of Staten Island while enjoying Superbowl Sunday with an invigorating loop hike in the Greenbelt with Protectors. A winter walk through the snow-capped slopes of the Greenbelt with Protectors allows inquisitive visitors to experience local wildlife while gaining knowledge of the natural world. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot at the corner of Rockland and Brielle Avenues, Staten Island. For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607.

Forest Restoration Workshop at the Gretta Moulton tract in High Rock Park

Saturday, February 9, 2019


High Rock Park

200 Nevada Ave., Staten Island, NY 10306

This 2nd Saturday Workshop meets in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park, Staten Island. If you come late; follow the Yellow Trail and Green Trails to our working location by Manor Road (the trail toward Moses Mountain) where you will root out Multi-flora Rose and Asian Wisteria growing along the trail. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (and refreshments). After a two-hour work session (the 270th monthly workshop) participants will take a short walk nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036, or Brian Smith at 917-842-6585. (Service credit is available for students.)

Midwinter Walk in Willowbrook Park

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Willowbrook Park, Eton Place & Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY

It’s not all bleak in the midwinter! Join us on a 4-mile roundtrip discovery walk through Willowbrook Park. Brush up on your tree identification through bark and leaf bud. Let’s find what plants are still green and growing! Meet at the parking lot by the Archery Range. Be sure to use the entrance at Eton Place off Victory Boulevard. Dress warmly and bring snacks and beverage. For more information, contact Hillel Lofaso or 718-477-0545. (Photo © H. Lofaso)

Owl Prowl at Blue Heron Park   

Saturday, February 16, 2019


222 Poillon Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312

Join with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods President Cliff Hagen as he explores the deep woods of Staten Island in search of nocturnal neighbors. Walk the quiet woods and listen for the whistles and whines of screech owls, the deep hoots of great horned owls and other noises of the night. Participants will meet at 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten Island, NY. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or e-mail him at

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