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!

 

 

Saturday, January 31, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Long Pond Park–Participants will look for evidence of animal life, especially deer, raccoons and other mammals in the winter woodlands surrounding Long Pond. We’ll also look for signs of bird life, examine the geology of the area and observe evidence of past human use of the area during this unhurried stroll through about one and a half miles of the park. Participants will meet beside PS 6, at the corner of Page Avenue and Academy Avenue. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, February 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill – Walk a 3.2-mile loop in one of the wild valleys in New York City. Learn about the ecology of serpentine barrens. Meet at the Meisner dam at Meisner Avenue and Manor Road. Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Saturday, February 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Acme Pond and the North Forest–The woodlands and ponds of this little-known area will be explored during an approximately two-mile hike. Once heavily farmed, the Acme Pond area has developed into a wooded forest over the past 150 years with sweetgum, white oaks and hickories as the dominant trees. The pond is reputed to be the home of large bass and provides a secluded location for many birds as well as frogs and turtles. Participants will meet at the corner of Hylan Boulevard, and Holten Avenue. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Take a Walk Staten Island!–You set your own pace for a walk on the multi-use Greenway trail in the Greenbelt. Enjoy the open sky and the rolling lawns of the golf course as we move into and out of woods. Get your dose of open space! Dress warm and bring a friend! Appropriate for all ages. Level terrain. Meet at the corner of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road at the Greenway entrance. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, February 8, 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. For more information call Paul T. Lederer at 718-987-1576.

 

Sunday, February 15, noon to 2 p.m.

Blue Heron Park (1975 – 2015) – Following our successful effort to preserve Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Protectors of Pine Oak Woods sought another project for our newly formed environmental organization. Protectors hosted a community meeting during which Jack and Lois Baird and Howard Fisher made impassioned arguments for the preservation of freshwater wetlands and woodlands located in southeast Annadale. Collaborating with the Bairds and Howard Fisher, Protectors helped the newly formed Friends of Blue Heron Park achieve its goal to preserve those precious woodlands. Join with Elaine Croteau to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and the creation of Blue Heron Park. Participants will gather at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center located at 222 Poillon Avenue. For more information call Elaine Croteau at 718-698-6056.

 

Saturday, February 21, 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 (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 222nd 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.

 

Sunday, February 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Winter Beach Walk (Page Avenue to Lemon Creek)–Beachcomb the winter shoreline to discover what the tides have brought in and take a look at the characteristics of the shoreline in the harsher winter conditions. With any luck we may also see signs of life in the form of seals, ducks and other winter waterfowl. Participants will gather at the beach along the southern end of Page Avenue where it meets Ottavio Promenade. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, February 28, Noon to 2 p.m.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (Writing about Nature at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve)–Join Gert Coleman to walk the trails, identify leaves and plants, and observe the wonders of old clay pits reclaimed by nature. Bring a notebook to record your thoughts. Meet in the parking lot by the Visitors’ Center at 2351Veterans Road West. For more information participants can e-mail gert.coleman@verizon.net.

 

Sunday, March 1, 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 woodlands. Although none of Reed’s basket willow still grow near the swamp from which the park gets its name, the woodlands and stream is still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Meet at the Spring Street entrance in Dongan Hills at the corner of Spring Street and Medford Road. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, March 7, noon to 2 p.m.

Conference House Park (Herb and Weed Walk at Conference House Park)–Herbs, weeds, and other plants are greening up as the sun grows stronger. Join herbalist Gert Coleman for a walk along the beach and through the paths and gardens at Conference House Park to identify wild, edible, and cultivated medicinal and culinary plants. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Boulevard. E-mail gert.coleman@verizon.net for more information.

 

Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. to noon

Black Horse Ravine/Buck’s Hollow–Don’t miss this opportunity to explore a unique, natural ravine with mature woods and streams. One of the few places Sugar Maples are found on Staten Island. Easy, level terrain. Meet at the top of Roanoke Street at Brielle Avenue. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Old Mill Road – Participants will gather at the end of Old Mill Road behind the Church of St. Andrew located at 40 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. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327

 

Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve – Protectors’ initial project has been feeling the pressures development lately. The approved build-through of Englewood Avenue and the proposed build-through of the West Shore service road have shown that no property is truly protected. Come explore 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). For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.

 

Sunday, March 15, 10 a.m. to noon

William H. Pouch Camp (1975 – 2015) – When initial discussions to preserve Pouch Camp began, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods was there to share our successful experience shaping strategy for preservation. Protectors was well represented on the Committee to Save Pouch Camp, was the financial sponsor of the committee, published The Greenbelt in Peril: Save Pouch Camp and raised $12,000 for the direct support of the Trust for Public Land and the effort to purchase a conservation easement of the properties, thus ensuring preservation. Join with Dominick Durso to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, the preservation of Pouch Camp and the continuance of scouting programs. Participants will gather at 1465 Manor Road to explore the property and discuss the importance of scouting for our Staten Island community. For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607.

 

Sunday, March 15, 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. For more information call Paul T. Lederer at 718-987-1576.

 

Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop at Hourglass Pond at High Rock–Meet in the parking lot at High Rock Park located at 200 Nevada Avenue. We will follow the trail along the Cemetery’s edge to Hourglass Pond cutting vines and pulling Multi-flora Rose along the way; at the Pond we will remove invasive shrubs and vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 223rd 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, March 21, 1 p.m. to 3 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. Participants will meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue (http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI). For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmai.com.

 

Sunday, March 22, noon to 2 p.m.

Semi-annual Spring Meeting, 40 Years and counting (1975–2015)–Join with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods as we celebrate four decades of successful environmental preservation. Visit with those responsible for the formation of Blue Heron Park, Wood Duck Pond, the Graniteville Quarry and more. Discussions will focus on the various strategies employed to preserve each unique property. Light refreshments will be served before a brief walk through Blue Heron Park. The semi-annual meeting will be held at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center located at 222 Poillon Avenue.

 

Saturday, April 4, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

North Mount Loretto State Forest–Participants will observe a variety of ecosystems as we search for evidence of animal life, the geologic history and human influence of this diverse area on the south shore. Meet in the parking lot for North Mount Loretto located at 6723 Amboy Road at the intersection of Cunningham Road and Amboy Road in Richmond Valley. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop at High Rock Park–Meet in the parking lot of High Rock Park located at 200 Nevada Avenue. We will uproot the Oriental Wisteria that has gotten a foothold on the slope of Loosestrife Swamp close to the park entrance. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two-hour work session (our 224th 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.

 

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, 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. 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). Call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or email 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 email at john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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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