Protectors of Pine Oak Woods What's New? … Events

 


 

Calendar

Free Nature Walks to Pond and Park
for Adults and Children Accompanied by an Adult
With Experienced Naturalists—All on Staten Island!

Bring your 49ers Walk Book!

 

 

Sunday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Nature Center Loop and Meisner Pond – Meet at the Nature Center at Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue for a delightful stroll through the early spring woods of the Greenbelt. Watch for early spring flowering and listen for spring warblers. We will add a walk to the Meisner Pond, a restful natural oasis, doubling as a Bluebelt. Easy to moderate trail. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Long Pond Park on a Spring Evening–During a one-and-a-half mile hike through the woodlands of Long Pond Park, we will observe evidence of the geologic history and human influence on the park as well as look for evidence of wildlife of the park. Reptiles and amphibians are out of hibernation and we are likely to meet some of the local species. Participants will meet at PS 6, at the corner of Page Avenue and Academy Avenue. For more information call Clay Wollney at (718)869-6327.

 

Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Graniteville Quarry Walk (1975 – 2015) – Dr. Alan Benimoff will lead a 1.5-hour walk highlighting the igneous rocks found here that formed 200 million years ago as the supercontinent Pangaea split apart. You will see a very rare example of a xenoilth that partially melted to form a trondhjemite. Dr. Benimoff will also show evidence that a glacier flowed over this area around 22,000 years ago. Meet in front of the park sign on the south side of Forest Avenue between Van Name Avenue and Simonson Avenue. Call Dr. Benimoff at 718-477-1974.

 

Sunday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Crooke’s Point—Maritime sand spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where the geological and human history of the site will be discussed. He will also give an update on the maritime shrub-forest restoration and the Army Corps of Engineer dredging and sand removal operations. The entrance to Great Kills Park is located at the intersection of Buffalo Street and Hylan Boulevard. Participants will enter the park and gather in the Great Kills Park Beach Center Parking Lot near the beginning of the dirt permit road leading out to Crooke’s Point. Call Paul T. Lederer at 718-987-1576.

 

Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Poillon Beach Discovery—Discover the wonders of Poillon beach, the historical site of one of Staten Island’s premier recreational hotels. Search for horseshoe crabs and migrant birds which use the wave battered remains of the hotel to forage and feed. The beach in spring offers many made-made and natural wonders. The meeting location is at the intersection of Zephyr Street and Pollion Avenue. Parking is available along Zephyr Street. For more information contact Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291 or e-mail him at nrpa2@aol.com.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015,  12 Noon to 2 p.m.

Herb or Weed? Walk at Conference House Park—Nothing says herb garden like the scents, colors, and tastes of plants. But which are weeds and which are herbs? Join herbalist Gert Coleman for a walk along the beach and through the paths and gardens at Conference House Park to identify edible, medicinal, and culinary plants. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Boulevard. For more information e-mail Gert Coleman at gert.coleman@verizon.net.

 

Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Long Pond Park—We’ll explore Long Pond Park, keeping an eye out for the local White-tailed deer population and emergence of spring species. It is an uncommon mixture of woodland and wetland, providing a peaceful home to a diverse range of wildlife. Its beauty is easily appreciated and is one of the most pristine natural areas in all of New York, covering over 100 acres. Participants will meet at the corner of Eugene Street and Adelphi Avenue, one block from the intersection of Page Avenue and Amboy Road (http://goo.gl/maps/UCsFg). Parking is available along Eugene Street. For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, April 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mount Loretto Unique Area—With its bluffs nestled 85 feet above sea level, Mount Loretto is home to beautiful vistas of the shore facing Prince’s Bay. The shoreline is home to some of Staten Island’s most unique natural artwork. Nestled in the meadow’s hills are a variety of plants and wildlife. Mount Loretto is a habitat for harbor seals, monarch butterflies, wild rabbits, muskrats, ospreys, and on occasion, bald eagles. Meet at the parking lot at Kenny Road and Hylan Boulevard. (https://goo.gl/maps/34Xd1). For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Reed’s Basket Willow Park—Discover this hidden natural park in Dongan Hills. We’ll visit the three bodies of water in the park and stroll through the steep woodlands. Although none of Reed’s basket willow still grow near the swamp from which the park gets its name, the woodlands and stream still host a wide variety of flora and fauna. Meet at the Spring Street entrance in Dongan Hills. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Moses’ Mountain and Buck’s Hollow—We’ll move at an easy pace, climbing up Moses’ Mountain to see a view from one of the highest points in the Greenbelt, before descending to explore Buck’s Hollow. We’ll meet at the stone wall on Meisner Ave, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue (hp://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI). For more information please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail him at john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, May 9, 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Spring 2015, 10-Mile Walk (1975-2015)—Enjoy a full Spring day outdoors walking 10 moderate miles in the Greenbelt at a comfortable pace. We will meet 9:15 a.m. at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue. Bring lunch, beverage and sturdy walking shoes. Come see what the LaTourette lowlands have to offer: Spring birds, budding trees, and always beautiful vistas.  We will go in all but a pounding rain or thunderstorm.  For more information, call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.

 

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop on the Blue and Red Trails—Meet in the Nature Center parking lot at Rockland Avenue and Brielle (700 Rockland Avenue, additional parking at the Recreation Center nearby). We will remove invasive shrubs and vines from the triangle between the Blue and Red Trails close to the Department of Parks restoration project at Rockland Avenue. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two-hour work session (our 225th monthly workshop) we will take a short walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

 

Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Conference House Park—Past and present blend in the Conference House park where history stretches back thousands of years with the seasonal occupation of the Lenape and hundreds of years with the habitation of the Dutch and English. In addition to the local history, we will observe the geology of the area and look for what the debris at the high tide line has to reveal. As the tide goes out, we’ll move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. It’s going to be muddy so dress appropriately. Meet at the parking lot to the left at the end of Hylan Boulevard. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Crooke’s Point—Maritime sand spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic topographical features formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where the geological and human history of the site will be discussed. He will also give an update on the maritime shrub-forest restoration and the Army Corps of Engineer dredging and sand removal operations. Participants will enter the park and gather in the Great Kills Park Beach Center Parking Lot near the beginning of the dirt permit road leading out to Crooke’s Point. For more information call Paul T. Lederer at 718-987-1576.

 

Saturday, June 13, 12 Noon to 2 p.m.

The Intertidal Zone at the Page Avenue Beach—We’ll begin with a look at the local geology then move to examining the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines to see what nature’s debris has to tell us. As the water recedes with the tide, we’ll move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. A variety of crabs, snails, clams, worms and small fish are likely to be discovered. It’s going to be muddy so dress appropriately. Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of Page Avenue below Hylan Boulevard. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bloomingdale Woods (1975-2015)—Bloomingdale Park is 138 acres of mainly woodland on Staten Island’s South Shore. It was acquired in the 1960s to protect southern Staten Island’s natural areas from development. The park’s woods contain several species of wetland trees native to Staten Island, including swamp white oak, pin oak, sweet gum, and red maple. Protectors launched a legal battle that pitted ballfield construction against passive natural recreation/preservation that resulted in a largely scaled down version of the original plans for this South Shore park.  On record, former Mayor Bloomberg made a compromise with Parks Department Commissioner Henry Stern, who also opposed the project, and Borough President Guy Molinari, who had pledged to make the park a reality. Add in wetlands mapping oversights and challenges, and you can easily see how this controversy soon became one of Protectors’ biggest issues We will meet at Maguire Avenue and Drumgoole Road West. We will explore the eastern part of the park. For more information, contact Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com  or 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wolfe’s Pond Park—Containing mature upland woods, swamp forest, open marsh, ponds, and shoreline on Raritan Bay, Wolfe’s Pond is one of the most diverse parks in the city. Meet at the comfort stations at the end of the parking lot. The entrance to the parking lot is located off of Cornelia Avenue (http://goo.gl/maps/n8XBa). For more information please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail him at john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop at the Gretta Moulton Tract in High Rock—Meet in the parking lot at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue. If you come late, walk to the first bend of the entry road and follow the Yellow Trail to the Green Trail to our working location by Manor Road where we will root out Multi-flora Rose growing along the trail. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two-hour work session (our 226th monthly workshop) we will take a short walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

 

Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Old Mill Road—We’ll stroll 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 we will take a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary. Parking is available at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrew’s Church. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, June 28, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover Dragonflies with Paul T. Lederer—Dragonflies have been a part of the fauna of this planet long before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Learn about the identification, behavior and ecology of these fascinating insects. Bring binoculars if you have them. Participants will gather at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center located at 222 Poillon Avenue. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591.

 

Saturday, July 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Lizard Hunt / Kingfisher Pond—Italian wall Lizards released a decade or so ago have adapted well to living in the area between Richmond Town and Great Kills. Before winding our way around and through Kingfisher Park, we will look for these swift little reptiles and observe their behavior as they coexist with people by taking advantage of the environment we have created for them. Following the lizard hunt, we will explore the wetlands in Kingfisher Pond with the hopes of seeing turtles sunning on logs in the pond as well as herons and other birds carrying on their lives. Meet at the corner of Greaves Avenue and Fairfield Street behind PS 37. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon

St. Francis Woodlands (1975-2015)—During the early 1990s, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods played a pivotal role in preserving the Saint Francis Woodlands. In 1993, Protectors brought together the Conventual Franciscan Friars and our State representatives to begin discussions which led to the preservation of 24 acres of woodlands atop Todt Hill for $10 million in 1995. Join Charles Perry and celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods during a walk through those woodlands and discover why Protectors worked so hard to have them preserved. Participants will meet at the intersection of Todt Hill Road and Merrick Avenue. For more information call Charles Perry at 347-254-3911.

 

Sunday, July 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mount Loretto Unique Area—With its bluffs nestled 85 feet above sea level, Mount Loretto is home to beautiful vistas from the shore facing Prince’s Bay. The shoreline is home to some of Staten Island’s most unique natural artwork. Nestled in the meadow’s hills are a variety of plants and wildlife. Mount Loretto is a habitat for harbor seals, monarch butterflies, wild rabbits, muskrats, ospreys, and on occasion, bald eagles. Meet at the parking lot at Sharrott’s Avenue and Hylan Boulevard (http://goo.gl/maps/bIW8l). For more information please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail him at john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, July 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Long Pond Park on a Summer Evening—Long Pond Park offers many opportunities to observe wildlife activities on a summer evening. During a one-and-a-half mile hike through the woodlands of Long Pond Park we will look and listen for wildlife from owls to frogs and insects. Meet by PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks northwest of Hylan Boulevard. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, July 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover Dragonflies with Paul T. Lederer—Dragonflies have been a part of the fauna of this planet long before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Learn about the identification, behavior and ecology of these fascinating insects. Bring binoculars if you have them. Participants will gather at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center located at 222 Poillon Avenue. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591.

 

 

 

Important Disclaimer—While we strive for safety, the activities of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (“Protectors”) have certain uncontrollable hazards which each participant undertakes and for which each participant is responsible. Neither the leader nor the substitute leader is responsible in any way whatsoever for any of these hazards. All participants assume the responsibility and risks of hiking and participating in Protectors events, and release Protectors, its leaders or substitute leaders, from any liability whatsoever for any loss, damage to personal property, or injury, however caused, of any kind, nature, and description.

 


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