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

 


 

Calendar

Free Nature Walks to Pond and Park
for Children and Parents
With Experienced Naturalists—All on Staten Island!

Bring your 49ers Walk Book!

 

Saturday, April 26, Noon to 2:00 P.M.

Great Kills Park - Meet at the first parking lot about a quarter mile from the entrance to Great Kills Park.  From the starting point near where the bath house once stood we will explore the shoreline and peat flats to discover which species of intertidal life are active in the spring.  Please dress appropriately for walking in this environment. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, April 27, 1:00 P. M. to 3:00 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’ll observe the geology, as well as the plants and animals found in the park.  Meet at the parking lot at the end of Hylan Boulevard on the left.  For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Annual Spring Ten-Mile Walk of the SI Greenbelt – Enjoy walking at a comfortable pace to see wonderful vistas, beautiful, spring woodlands. The hike begins at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. Bring lunch, a beverage and sturdy walking shoes.  For more information call Dominick Durso at (718) 967-0379 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393.

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Mt. Loretto - With its bluffs nestled 85 feet above sea level, Mt. 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. Mt. Loretto is a habitat for harbor seals, monarch butterflies, wild rabbits, muskrats, ospreys, and on occasion, bald eagles. Meet at the parking lot at Cunningham Road and Hylan Boulevard ( http://goo.gl/maps/3c5Fh ).  Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.com    for more information.

 

Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m to 1:00 P.M.

Cherry Blooming Time at Silver Lake – The park is loveliest in the spring.  Let’s identify what trees are blooming and see what birds and insects are about. Meet at Silver Lake Park Road and Forest Avenue for a walk across the lake bridge to the trails above. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, May1 1, same time.  Contact Hillel Lofaso at hlofaso@siprotectors.org  for more information.

 

Sunday, May 4 – 2:00 P.M. to 4:00P.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).  Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.com  for more information.

 

Saturday, May 10, 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 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. Meet at PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks NW of Hylan Boulevard. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, May 17, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine - Meet at the side of Meisner Road (toward the Eger Home) close to the intersection of Meisner and Rockland. We will follow the White Trail south to Nevada Avenue on the way uprooting and cutting Mutliflora Rose and pulling Garlic Mustard that compete with native plants. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, tools (and refreshments).  After a two hour work session (our 213th trails) we will take a short walk over nearby trails.  Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information.

 

Saturday, May 17, 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Page Avenue Beach at low tide - 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 at this time of year.  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 phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, May 18, 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Allison Pond Park - Join naturalist Mike Shanley as he explores Allison Pond Park in search of early spring migrants.  This park, a rich, woodland bordering the Goodhue Woods, offers excellent spring birding along stream and woodland trail. Please bring binoculars and dress accordingly. Meet at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue near Snug Harbor.  For more information e-mail Mike Shanley at Falecore@yahoo.com

 

Sunday, May 18, 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Greenbelt Loop and Lunch – We’ll walk 4.3 moderate miles starting and ending at the Greenbelt Nature Center, with lunch at High Rock. This walk includes a gradual climb up Moses’ Mountain. Bring ample water and lunch. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, comfortable pants and a hat. Shorts are not recommended. Meet at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the Greenbelt Nature Center on Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue. . If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, May 25. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com  or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, May 25, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

High Rock Park - Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park.  Participants will experience the legacy of biodiversity left behind by the Wisconsin Glacier 12,000 years ago.  The diverse glacial soil of High Rock Park Supports an even more diverse array of native wildflowers.  We will search for these species and visit scenic Stump Pond along the way.  For more information e-mail Will Lenihan at wleni5584@gmail.com  or call 518-645-0220.

 

Sunday, June 1st, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Old Mill Road - Meet behind St Andrew’s Church, at the end of Old Mill Road.  Participants will be enveloped in scenic old woodlands as we visit the historic remains of Ketchum’s Mill.  We will continue onto the red trail where will visit a swamp forest dominated by iconic tree species like red maple, sweetgum, and pin oak.  For more information e-mail Will Lenihan at wleni5584@gmail.com  or call 518-645-0220.

 

Saturday, June 7, 2014. 11:00 A.M. to 1:00P.M.

Foraging vs. Gardening? - Wonder what’s edible in your neighborhood? Though humanity has eaten nutritious wild plants for centuries, today we are used to using processed herbs and vegetables often grown hundreds of miles away.  Join herbalist Gert Coleman at Conference House Park to learn safe and easy ways to forage for and cultivate wild and native plants for culinary and medicinal usage. We will walk the beach and paths, ending in the Colonial Herb Garden. Meet in the parking lot in front of the Visitors Center.  To register or to receive more information e-mail gert.coleman@verizon.net.

 

Saturday, June 7, Noon to 2:00 P.M.

North Mt Loretto State Forest - From phragmites marshes to mature forests we will observe a variety of ecosystems as we search for evidence of animal life from frogs and salamanders to deer and muskrats.  We will also observe traces of the geologic history and human influence of this diverse area.  Meet at the parking lot for North Mount Loretto on Amboy Road in Richmond Valley.  For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, June 8, 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Willowbrook Park Field Study – This Protectors walk provides an opportunity to study nature closely in the field.  Our route takes the small loop of the white trail from the Carousel to the Archery Range and then to the Chimney Ruin. One goal of the walk is to count how many Tulip Trees you can spot. Bring flower and tree guides, loops or magnifying lenses, and lots and lots of questions. Share your knowledge of plant, fern and tree species with us. Meet at the Carousel; enter at Eton Place off Richmond Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, June 15. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com  or call 718-477-0545.

 

Saturday, June 14, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Old Mill Road - Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind the church. 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.  For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Clay Pits Ponds State Park Preserve - Join Mike Shanley as he explores Clay Pits Ponds State Park Preserve as he searches for signs of NYC’s only population of Eastern Fence Lizard.  Also known as the Northern Fence Lizard, the Prairie Lizard, the Pine Swift, and the Fence Swift, it reaches the northeastern extremity of its range in southeastern New York. The range of the species extends as far south as Florida and as far west as Mexico and Texas.  Despite the fact that there is no record of a native New York City population, thanks to an intentional release of 29 individuals in 1942 by the herpetologist Carl F. Kauffeld they have managed to survive in the parks sandy barren habitat. We will be meeting in the parking lot at 83 Nielson Ave. This walk has an attendance cap, so please send an e-mail with your name and # of participants to falecore@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday, June 21, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Forest Restoration Workshop along the Red Trail in LaTourette - Meet at the back of the LaTourette Golf Course parking lot on Richmond Hill Road (close to the Edinboro Road entrance). We will walk the Red trail removing invasive vines that strangle or pull down shrubs and saplings (our 214thown, Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. Given that the trail loop is lengthy, we carry our loppers and pruners with us as we complete a walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

 

Saturday, June 21, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve – Come stroll the trails of a combination of ecosystems, such as sand barrens, wetlands, and ponds, and a beautiful park to explore in any season. Meet at the parking lot for the Park at 83 Nielsen Avenue (http://goo.gl/maps/N5bcq ).  Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at  john.paul.learn@gmail.com   for more information

 

Sunday, June 22, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill – Located in the Greenbelt, Heyerdahl Hill is nestled in an impressive stretch of woodland, holding ruins of a stone home built in the 1800s and plants and trees rarely seen in urban woodlands. We’ll meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Ave and Meisner Avenue (http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI ).  Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.com  for more information

 

Saturday, June 28, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Bricktown Centre - We will walk the hillside above the present shopping center to take a last look at what will be gone forever when construction of Fairview Park and expansion of the mall begins. Meet in the parking lot on the north side of the Bricktown Centre Target store at 11:00am.  Expect to climb some small hills and follow rough horsetrails.  Rain cancels. The meeting place is accessible by S74 and S78 busses. For more information e-mail: DonRecklies@earthlink.net

 

Sunday, June 29, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

LaTourette Park to Fort Hill – Join Hillel on a walk on the level multi-use trail along Richmond Hill Road, south and east over to Richmondtown. We will climb the Blue Trail to the top of the steep embankment overlooking Richmond Creek, Main Creek and Fresh Kills and walk the Blue Trail. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center at Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, July 6.  For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com  or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, July 20, 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Best of the Blue Trail to the Cropsey Overlook and St. Francis Woodlands–Join Hillel on a late autumn walk to the Cropsey Overlook through the woods of the central Greenbelt. Pass ponds and kettle holes and marvel at how ice formed this landscape ages ago. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, July 27.  For more information, e-mail e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com  or call 718-477-0545.

 

 

 

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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