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FREE GUIDED WALKS AND TALKS -Taking in Autumn Splendor October 2018 

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

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

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.  FREE GUIDED WALKS AND TALKS -Taking in Autumn Splendor October 2018.
Upcoming FREE GUIDED walkstalks and preservation activities are:

Experience Seaside Nature Preserve 
Nelson Avenue Entrance
Staten Island, NY 10308

Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Though only 21 acres in size the Seaside Nature Preserve includes a natural beach, an open field, playgrounds and an overall relaxing environment for humans and wildlife. Scheduled for low tide participants take a look at inter-tidal life as well as observe the potential for expansion during this hour-long stroll.  Meet at the park entrance at the end of Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, 10308.  For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Staten Island Nature & Wildlife 2019 Calendar Launch Party 
Biddle House
70 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY

Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Protectors of Pine Oak Woods to celebrate the nature and wildlife photographers, sponsors, and beauty of Staten Island! One copy of this full-color 12-month 2019 calendar with images of Staten Island’s parks, wildlife and natural beauty will be available for a donation of $5 each. Stop by for cookies and coffee, to meet the photographers and enjoy an exhibit of their work. Explore other historic houses within Conference House Park that will be open for free viewing as part of Open House New York weekend. Location: Biddle House, 70 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY (Biddle House is an historic house within Conference House Park). Please e-mail for more information.

Discover Herbs, Plants and “Bopper” @ Mont Sec House
Fort Wadsworth
Mont Sec House
112A Mont Sec Ave.,
 Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island,

Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Guide Skye Suter, program director of Staten Island Herb Society, an organization for the purpose of promoting the growth of herbs and the use of herb gardens, as she  introduces popular herbs from the late 1800s. Charles Winne Jr., better known as “Bopper”, was a young boy with a great botanical curiosity. As the son of as surgeon, he lived at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island shortly after the Civil War period. Learn about some of the herbs and plants Bopper might have discovered while exploring the fort and see flora of the world through his eyes in the historic setting of the Mont Sec House. A lesson in pressing plants for a botanical scrapbook, or herbarium is included. Call 718-354-4500 or e-mail

Forest Restoration Workshop on It’s My Park Day 
 High Rock Park
200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY

Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods  266th workshop meets at Nevada Avenue parking lot of High Rock (200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY) at Administration building. Join other volunteers removing invasive plants and replanting with native ones.  If the work is done before 2:00,  take a short guided walk over nearby trails.  For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.  (Service credit is available.

Explore Brookfield Park 
Discover Salt creeks, wetlands and grasslands
 Brookfield Park
 575 Arthur Kill Road, just north of Armstrong Ave, Staten Island, NY

Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Protectors of Pine Oak Woods guides 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 south eastern banks of Richmond Creek and runs from Richmond Avenue to Historic 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.

The Richard Buegler Fall 10 Mile Greenbelt Walk
A Greenbelt stretch immersed in autumn splendor
 Willowbrook Pond
Eton Place parking lot beside Willowbrook Pond
at the Carousel For All Children
2 Eton Pl, Staten Island, NY 10314
Oct 28 @ 9:15 am – 3:45 pm

This autumn 10 mile walk begins at Willowbrook Park, the western gateway to Staten Island’s magnificent centerpiece.  The Greenbelt stretches through the Corson’s Brook Woods of Willowbrook Park and extends through the deciduous woodlands that inhabit Staten Island’s heartland. Explore the woods and wetlands of Staten Island’s  largest park with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods while enjoying  the fall foliage. Participants will meet in the Eton Place parking lot beside Willowbrook Pond at the Carousel For All Children.  For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607.