Here are the upcoming dates for FREE Guided Nature Walks and Talks on Staten Island are on Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Calendar for the month of June.

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Explore the varied and lush acreage that makes Staten Island the greenest borough. Discover the wildlife of Staten Island- big, small, furry, feathered, winged and crawling. Learn to identify native plants, animals and distinguish from invasive species. Guided by experienced and knowledgeable members from Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, a 40-year-old plus organization of people committed to the stewardship of Staten Island’s existing parkland, Bluebelt corridors and nature preserves.

Upcoming FREE GUIDED walks, talks, and preservation activities are:

Brookfield Park @ Brookfield Park
Hawk watchers mark your calendar!
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Protectors of Pine Oak Woods for a natu­ral history tour of Staten Island’s newest open space park. View numerous salt creeks, freshwater wetlands, grasslands and beautiful scenery; a must for hawk watching. Brookfield Park stretches along the southeastern

FREE Guided Nature Walks and Talks on Staten Island are on Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Calendar for the month of June.

banks of Richmond Creek and runs from Richmond Avenue to Richmondtown. Meet in the main parking lot at 575 Arthur Kill Road, just north of Armstrong Avenue. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317- 7666.

Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine @ Egbertville Ravine
Service credit available for students.
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our 262nd workshop. Meet at the entrance to the White Trail (on Meisner Avenue opposite the Bluebelt dam close to the intersection of Manor Road and Rockland Avenue). In order to preserve the wildflowers along the section of trail leading toward Nevada Avenue, we will pull and bag garlic-mustard and possibly remove multiflora rose. Protectors will provide gloves, bags, tools, and refreshments. Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information. (Service credit is available.)
Neighborhood Nature Series, Huguenot in Huguenot, Staten Island
A continuation of guided exploration in the greenest borough.
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
There is nature in every neighborhood on Staten Island and Protectors of Pine Oak Woods President Cliff Hagen is the guide for this exploration of Huguenot. Participants meet in the center of the town of Huguenot, at the intersection of Amboy Road and Huguenot Avenue. Walk the local streets and watch for the busy activity of squirrels and blue jays, search for late migrating birds, butterflies and dragonflies and try to identify aged trees based on bark, colorful foliage, and leaf litter. Call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or e-mail him at for more information.
Serpentine Arts and Nature Commons @ Serpentine Arts and Nature Commons Park
A bird’s eye view of the North Shore
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Participants will ascend the steep trails to look at the serpentine outcrops and unique community of plants that manage to live here, as well as relish the marvelous views across the bay. From this walk, participants will view why hillside preservation zoning is an important issue. Note that some of these trails may be difficult. Meet at the park entrance on Van Duzer Street between Broad Street and St. Paul’s Avenue. Participants Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information