Forest Restoration Workshop in LaTourette (our 263rd) @ LaTourette Park
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Again we will meet at the entrance to the White Trail (on Meisner Road opposite the Bluebelt dam close to the intersection of Manor and Rockland).  This time we will take weed wrenches and follow the White Trail west to Buttonbush Swamp where we will try to lever or pull (leather gloves for that!) all the Japanese Barberry we see out of the ground.  Protectors will provide gloves, bags, tools & refreshments. Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information.   (Service credit is available.)

The Richard Buegler 10-mile Summer Walk @ Greenbelt
Aug 11 @ 9:15 am – 3:15 pm

Join with like-minded hikers interested in crossing through Staten Island’s amazingly beautiful Greenbelt. Explore the back woods and wetlands at the heart of Staten Island’s park system. Search the hillsides and kettle ponds for summer flowers, nesting birds and signs of our diverse population of mammals. Participants will meet at the entrance to Deere Park located at the end of Staten Island Boulevard beside the Michael J. Petrides Education Complex. Dress for the season and carry water for rehydrating. . If there is rain, it will be “fun in the mud.” Call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information.

Long Pond Park @ Long Pond Park
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We will look for evidence of animal life in the wetlands and woods of Long Pond Park. We’ll also look for the bird life, examine the geology of the area and observe evidence of past human use of the area. Meet at Public School 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks northwest of Hylan Boulevard. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Forest Restoration Workshop along the LaTourette bike path @ LaTourette Bike Path
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meet at the bike path entrance on the Old Mill Road (west of Richmond Hill Road) next to the old St. Andrews Church.  We will walk west along the bike path cutting invasive vines that strangle saplings along the trail (our 264th monthly workshop).  If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, pruners & 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.)

Ambling through Arden – @ Arden Heights Woods
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Participants will meet at the north end of Carlton Boulevard (off Woodrow Road), and then wander through Arden Heights Woods to get some idea of the changes the Department of Parks will be soon making.  (It may be buggy in the low areas, so you might want to bring spray.)  We’ll look at the woods to see what’s happening before the trees begin to wind down for the season.  Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information.

The Little Big Day Bird Count
Sep 8 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

In an effort to gather consistent data to inform our knowledge of the south bound bird migration Staten Island participates in a 12 hour birding marathon. Participants are invited to tally a list of bird species anywhere on Staten Island between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The duration of participation is up to the participant. At the end of the day everyone is invited to a round-up at Blue Heron Park at 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested or seeking more information should call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or email him at

Forest Restoration Workshop at Sharrott Beach @ Sharrott Beach
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meet in the NYC fishing pier parking lot opposite the intersection of Hylan Boulevard. and Sharrott Avenue to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup.  We will enjoy views of the bay as we collect, separate, and record trash from the beach as part of an annual clean-up that is used by the International Coastal Conservancy to monitor the health and cleanliness of our beaches and shoreline waters.  Protectors will provide gloves, bags and refreshments.  This will be our 265th workshop and the 15th consecutive year that we have joined with our friends in the NRPA to remove hundreds of pounds of trash from our beach!  For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.  (Service credit is available.)