Nature Walks to Pond and Park
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Walks with an asterisk (*):
As of the publication date, most Staten Island parks were still closed because of storm damage. If you see an asterisk next to a date, you should contact the walk leader to confirm if the walks are on.
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m .
Conference House Park and Beach - Past and present blend as one at Conference House Park, where history stretches back thousands of years from the seasonal occupation of the Lenape to the arrival of the Dutch and English. Participants will observe the geology of the area and look for what the debris at the high tide line has to reveal. Meet at the parking lot on the left, at the end of Hylan Boulevard. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill–This is a 4-mile loop walk along the converging trails through the lovely woods of LaTourette Park. This time we’re meeting at Meisner and Rockland Avenues by the stone dam at the Bluebelt pond. We’ll pass Buttonbush swamp and a grove of unique Persimmon trees. This hike is covered in Secret Places of Staten Island by Bruce Kershner (Kendall/Hunt, 1998). Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 1. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at email@example.com or call 718-477-0545.
Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Huguenot Ponds Walk–Kingdom Pond Park, Arbutus Woods, Bunker Pond and Huguenot Pond Park are small parks in the lower Huguenot area. Though the endangered flower, trailing arbutus, is long gone, the area still is home to a number of plant and animal species. Meet along Kingdom Avenue (parallel to Huguenot Avenue above Hylan Boulevard) near the intersection of Jansen Street. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327
Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Best of the Blue Trail to the Cropsey Overlook–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. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 15. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-477-0545.
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Old Mill Road–Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrew’s Church. Participants will stroll along Old Mill Road, a newly designed multiuse trail, next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of Latourette Golf Course and return along the Blue Trail. Along the route participants will be surrounded by beautiful, old woodlands as well as newly grown stands of cottonwoods and other pioneer plants. Walkers can expect to see the flow of the famous Hessian Spring as it crosses the path and view Fresh Kills estuary. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Saturday, December 21, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop on the Blue Trail–Meet in the Nature Center parking lot at Rockland Avenue and Brielle (additional parking at the Recreation Center nearby). We will remove invasive shrubs and vines from along the Blue Trail 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 209th 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.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, noon to 2:00 p.m.
24th Annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Gateway NRA–Join NRPA and PPOW for a healthy start to a fantastic New Year. Participants will gather in the parking lot at Hylan Boulevard and carpool to the last lot before Crooke’s Point. From there, the group will enjoy observing wintering birds and dormant grasses while discussing ideas and concerns for the year ahead. For more information call Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291, or 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.