Pre Spring FREE Guided Nature Walks in NYC that take us out of hibernation

Pre Spring FREE Guided Nature Walks in NYC that take us out of hibernation
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.


Owl Prowl at Blue Heron Park

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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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

Take in the View: Fields, Bluffs and Bay

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Few locations in New York City can compete with the wintry beauty of Mount Loretto, Staten Island. Participants will walk the trails throughout the property exploring the meadow, wetlands systems, and shoreline with naturalist Ray Matarazzo. Participants will meet in the Hylan Boulevard parking lot across from the CYO Community Center, 6541 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10309. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

Forest Restoration Workshop on the Red Dot Trail at High Rock Park

Saturday, March 9, 2019


High Rock Park, Staten Island

Forest Restoration Workshop on the Red Dot Trail at High Rock Park.  Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park (200 Nevada Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314). Descend the Red Dot Trail to cut invasive vines and use weed wrenches to remove invasive Devil’s Walking Stick. Protectors of Pine Oak Woods volunteers will supply pruners, gloves, and refreshments. After a two-hour work session (the 271st monthly workshop) participants take a short walk over 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)

Is it Spring Yet? Find the Signs that Nature is Giving.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


High Rock Park, Staten Island

If you’ve been indoors all winter, it’s time to get out and start exploring the vast green space that is enjoyed on Staten Island. Take a circular walk from High Rock Park through the Egbertville Ravine and up Moses Mountain. Find the signs of spring. We’ll meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue off Rockland Avenue. Dress warmly and bring snacks and beverage. For more information, contact Hillel Lofaso at or 718-477-0545.

Survival Techniques Learned from Native Americans

Saturday, March 16, 2019


Enjoy a pre-spring, natural history tour of Staten Island’s southernmost woodland at Ward’s Point and a discussion of the Lenape Indians. Utilizing stone tools from the Archaic and Woodland periods Ray Matarazzo, a research associate at the Staten Island Museum,  will demonstrate hunting, building, and cold weather survival skills. Participants will meet at the Conference House Park Visitors Center at 7455 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

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