Calendar

Oct
21
Sat
Viburnum Planting @ High Rock Park
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Participants will meet in the High Rock parking lot at the dead end of Nevada Avenue (200 Nevada Avenue). As part of It’s My Park Day, we are going to plant 50 Arrowwood Viburnums throughout the park in an attempt to replace some of those that have been killed by Viburnum Leaf Beetles. Protectors will provide gloves, tools and refreshments. In case of heavy rain, the planting will be postponed until Sunday, October 22. For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393. (Service credit is available.)

Oct
22
Sun
NEW: Basic Photography Concepts: Using Cell Phones and other cameras @ Willowbrook Park
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration Required

This is a hands-on workshop sponsored by Protectors. It will cover artistic topics such as the purposes of Nature Photography, Cell Phone controls, and developing a story around your subject. Selecting a subject suitable for your camera, types of light, using simple light modifiers, composition factors and color will be discussed. The concept of the “decisive moment” will be introduced. Focal lengths, f/stops and shutter speeds will not be addressed here. A bonus discussion (30 min) will be conducted at the conclusion for those with point and shoot (P&S) and Bridge Cameras. Presented by John Ares, who has been making photographs since age 7 and had his first photography business at age 15. Suitable for ages 6 years and up. The workshop is free but is limited to the first 12 participants registered at diveares@gmail.com. Contact John at 917-301-6893 via voice or text. Rain date is Sunday, Nov 12, 11am. Meet at Willowbrook Park at the Morani St. Parking lot, off Victory Blvd.

Oct
28
Sat
Weed and Herb Walk at Conference House Park @ Conference House Park
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

– Join herbalist Gert Coleman for a walk through the paths and gardens at Conference House Park to identify both wild 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.

Long Pond Park @ Long Pond Park
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In addition to the fall foliage, we will look for evidence of animal life from deer preparing for the rutting season to turtles and frogs that may still be active at this time of year. We’ll also look for the 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. Meet at PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue, about 3 blocks NW of Hylan Blvd. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Oct
29
Sun
The Richard Buegler Autumn 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk @ Deere Park
Oct 29 @ 9:15 am – 3:00 pm

The Fall 10-miler will begin at Deere Park, the northern gateway to Staten Island’s magnificent centerpiece. The Greenbelt stretches south across the peak of Todt Hill and cascades through the deciduous woodlands that inhabit Staten Island’s heartland. Explore the woods and wetlands of our borough’s largest park with Protectors as we enjoy the fall foliage. Participants will meet along Staten Island Boulevard behind the Petrides Complex. For more information call Dominick Durso at (917) 478-7607.

Nov
4
Sat
High Rock Park and Pouch Camp @ High Rock Park
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Ray Matarazzo for a fall foliage hike to Stump Pond. Investigate this unique corner of the Greenbelt with one of Staten Island’s finest environmental educators. The walk will focus on the identification of trees, some of the most colorful species, Hickory, Maple, Sweetgum and Tupelo. Participants will meet in the parking lot at 200 Nevada Avenue. For more information call Ray Matarazzo at (718) 317-7666.

Nov
5
Sun
PPOW Semi-Annual Membership Meeting @ Conference House Park
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The membership of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and the general public are invited to attend our semi-annual meeting at the Biddle House in Conference House Park for an update on the recent activities of the organization.

We will hear a report on our effort to combat the viburnum beetle, enjoy the 2018 Staten Island Nature calendar and learn about efforts to preserve the Graniteville Swamp with a presentation from the Conservancy of Wetlands and Forests, an ad-hoc community group concerned with proposed development on the property.

Location: The Biddle House at Conference House Park, 70 Saterlee Street at the end of Hylan Blvd. in Tottenville. Parking is available at Conference House Park Visitors Center. Free Admission. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313- 8591 or e-mail ppow@siprotectors.org. Free admission.

Nov
11
Sat
Old Mill Road @ Old Mill Road
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrews 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 call Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

Nov
18
Sat
Forest Restoration Workshop – Deere Park (#255) @ Deere Park
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Participants will meet in the parking lot at the dead end of Staten Island Boulevard (south of Petrides School). We will ascend the trail toward the Butterworth Avenue entrance where we will continue to cut or uproot Multi-flora Rose, Japanese Barberry, Winter-creeper, Oriental Wisteria and other alien woody twining vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, tools (& refreshments). After the work session 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. (Service credit is available.)

Nov
19
Sun
NEW! Intermediate Photography Concepts-Using D-SLRs and Interchangeable lens cameras @ Willowbrook Park
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

(Registration Required)

This Protectors-sponsored workshop is a follow-up to the previous one, but participants can start with this class. Have a D-SLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex camera) or Mirrorless camera? Think you might want one to get those elusive creatures? Frustrated with your current results? A discussion of using more sophisticated tools such as D-SLRs and WILDLIFE D-SLRs will be introduced. Use of specialized lenses, exposure compensation and focus modes will be discussed. While a D-SLR is good to bring, individuals who are ready to advance their craft may want to attend to see what their next step could be. Presented by John Ares, who has been making photographs since age 7 and had his first photography business at age 15. Suitable for ages 6 years and up. The workshop is free but is limited to the first 12 participants registered at diveares@gmail.com. Contact John at 917-301-6893 via voice or text. Rain date is the following Sunday, Dec 3 same time. Meet at Willowbrook Park at the Morani St. Parking lot, off Victory Blvd