FREE family outdoor discovery on Staten Island NYC Fall 2019

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FREE Guided walks, shoreline clean up, family outdoor discovery in

NYC Greenest borough- Staten Island

FREE Guided walks, shoreline clean up, family outdoor discovery in NYC Greenest borough. Upcoming dates for FREE guided nature walks, talks and environmental conservation events on Staten Island organized by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods http://siprotectors.org 

 

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization,  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.

 

New Springville Greenway-NO Dump Here

Saturday, September 14, 2019

10:00am-12:00pm

Meeting at: Richmond Avenue near Draper Place, Staten Island

 

The Greenway, opened in November 2015 as part of the Freshkills Park development, is a protected bicycle and pedestrian path connecting four of Staten Island’s parks while skirting one of its busiest commercial avenues. Meet your Protector of Pine Oak Woods guide at Richmond Avenue, Staten Island (near Draper Place) and be guided along the Greenway. Watch for signs of wildlife in Freshkills and nearby parks and see how Staten Island’s newest parks are expanding access and recreational opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists. (Note: this is a linear walk that will not return to the starting point). (The S59 bus connects start and end, with bicycle racks and automobile parking at the Eltingville Transit Center, Staten Island For more information contact Karen E. Lund at (347) 327-1712.

 

The Arbutus Woods-small parks nestled in the Woods of Huguenot

Sunday, September 15, 2019

1:00pm-3:00pm

Eylandt Street and Kingdom Avenue, Staten Island

 

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Kingdom Pond Park, Arbutus Woods, Bunker Pond, and the Huguenot Pond Park are small parks nestled in the lower Huguenot area, a south shore area on Staten Island. Though trailing arbutus is long gone, the area still is home to a number of plant and animal species. Evidence of the work done by the WPA, as well as the influence of nature, will be observed as we traverse the parks. Meet your Protectors of Pine Oak Woods guide along Eylandt Street near the intersection with Kingdom Avenue, Staten Island. For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

 

International Coastal Cleanup comes to the shores of Staten Island

 

A Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Forest Restoration Workshop takes to the shore

Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:00am-12:00pm

Hylan Blvd. and Sharrott Avenue, Staten Island

 

Meet in the NYC fishing pier parking lot opposite the intersection of Hylan Blvd. and Sharrott Avenue, Staten Island to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).  Volunteers from Protectors of Pine Oak Woods join forces with the Natural Resources Protective Association and together with public volunteers enjoy views of the bay as we collect, separate, and record trash from the beach as part of the annual clean-up used by the ICC to monitor the health and cleanliness of our beaches and shoreline waters. Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided. This is Protectors of Pine Oak Woods 277th workshop and the 16th consecutive year that they have joined with the NRPA to remove hundreds of pounds of trash from our beach! For more information call Brian Smith at (917) 842-6585 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393. (Service credit is available).

 

Down by the Old Mill Road

 

Man vs. Nature- A guided walk through colonial eco times

Saturday, September 21, 2019

1:00pm-3:00pm

Old Mill Road and Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island

 

Your Protectors of Pine Oak Woods guide takes you on a journey along the multi-use trail next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of LaTourette Golf Course and return along the Blue Trail. From the remains of colonial structures to the Hessian Spring and the remains of Ketchum’s Mill get a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary. Participants meet in the parking lot at the start of Old Mill Road, alongside St. Andrew’s Church, Staten Island. For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

 

A View Back in Time

 

Revolutionary Times Glimpse

 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

 

12:00pm-2:00pm

 

Old Mill Road and Richmond Hill Road

 

Enjoy a stroll along the multi-use trail overlooking Fresh Kills with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods guide Ray Matarazzo. Walk back in time as you pass the famous Hessian Spring, a hilltop that was widely denuded of trees by the British during the war, allowing the soldiers to have unobstructed views of Lower New York Bay and the Arthur Kill.  See where it crosses the path and view Fresh Kills estuary as you work your way toward the remains of Ketchum’s Mill. Along the way observe traces of the past, examine the present woodland ecosystems and search for evidence of present inhabitants especially deer and other mammals.

 

Meet in the parking lot at the start of Old Mill Road, alongside St. Andrew’s Church, Staten Island. For more information phone Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.