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Go Green this Sustain-a-ween!

Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which means plenty of time for various Halloween activities.  This year make it a Sustain-a-ween! Halloween decorations and treats are fun, but what happens to everything afterwards?  Plastic Halloween decorations and candy wrappers aren’t recyclable and are likely to end up in a landfill. 

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Superstorms and Wetlands

As we approach the 8th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it is time to remember and consider the impact the superstorm had on Staten Island and the rest of the city. NYC lost 43 people to Superstorm Sandy and half of those were Staten Islanders.

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Open House Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park is once again participating in Open House New York, which is going virtual for 2020. Whether this is your first visit or you’ve been here before, welcome to Staten Island and to Freshkills Park. Start with a look around, and keep an eye out for the Manhattan skyline in the distance.

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Science at Freshkills Park: Water Monitoring

Checkout a behind the scenes look at the science and wildlife in Freshkills Park. The Freshkills team will discuss water quality parameters, like dissolved oxygen which marine life needs to survive, as they collect data and samples for the Interstate Environmental Comission’s volunteer water monitoring program....MORE

Rare Sedge Wrens Nest in New York City for the First Time since 1960 at Freshkills Park

Grassland birds have rapidly declined throughout North America, and have experienced some of the steepest population declines of any group of birds in the United States. Since its transformation into an urban greenspace, Freshkills Park has become the home of many important species of grassland birds, including Grasshopper Sparrows, Bobolinks, and Eastern Meadowlarks.

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Conservancy Corps: Zaheer Baber

Introduce yourself! Name, title, background, education, hometown etc. 

Hi! My name is Zaheer Baber, I’m a intern with the Conservancy Corps for the fall of 2020! I’m currently studying to be a teacher. I love teaching and learning, as we are always learning new things everyday and then teaching them to others.

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Produce Just Ripe

Have you ever bought produce that wasn’t quite ready and then shot past ripe, so the only choice was to throw it away?   The thought of wasted produce may put a damper on what you buy and what you eat.  In New York State, about 4 million tons of food waste, or about 18% of the total waste produced, is shipped to landfills. 

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“New York City’s New Utopia” Captures Freshkills Park From All Angles

Freshkills Park is pleased to share  New York City‘s New Utopia,  the work of Artist Partner in Photography Jade Doskow.  This September 2020 is the two-year-mark of her project illuminating the unusual beauty of Freshkills as it transforms both seasonally and via human-made intervention.

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Three Months of Virtual Field Trips

At Freshkills Park, like parks around the world, we cancelled our in-person programming to protect public safety in Spring 2020. We immediately looked for other, virtual ways to share Freshkills Park’s message of ecological restoration and support students and teachers in navigating the confusing new world of distance learning.

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Sparrow Travelers of Freshkills Park

Did you know that there are over 35 species of sparrows throughout North America?  About a third of the species are fairly common throughout the continent.  The most common and easily recognized sparrow is the House Sparrow.  They are native to Eurasia and northern Africa and were introduced into Central Park in 1850. 

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Virtual Run Around South Mound

Explore the native grasslands, restored wetlands, and natural woodlands of South Mound at Freshkills Park like never before.  This video leads you through a 2.5 mile loop through the back hills of South Mound, virtually on foot! 

Before there was the Draft Master plan in 2001, South Mound was the first of 4 mounds capped in 1996. 

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Virtual Bike Ride Around East Park

Discovery Day

Each year at Discovery Days and during Transportation Alternative’s annual Staten Island Bike The Boros event, thousands of people ride bikes around Freshkills Park’s East Mound.

Join us to explore the grasslands of East Park on this virtual bike ride that takes you on a 3.5 mile loop.

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Virtual Kayak Trip

Join us for a kayak tour on Freshkills Creek. See the shoreline grasses and mounds of Freshkills Park and experience the water while someone else paddles!

Support the Freshkills Park Alliance

Return to Discovery Week @ Home

 

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Freshkills FreshFlicks Queue

For your next movie night, check out the Freshkills FreshFlicks staff picks. Take a trip down memory lane with a Fresh Perspective, with films that are just as environmentally relevant today!

Explore different environmental topics by clicking on the titles in our queue.

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Printable nature explorer activities

As part of Virtual Discovery Day at Freshkills Park, download and print an activity sheet from Freshkills Park and our partners to explore nature at home. Enjoy coloring sheets, scavenger hunts, word searches, animal facts, and more. Simply click on any of the images to open them in a new tab as a PDF, then print and explore!

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Virtual STEAM Activity Fair

Welcome to the Discovery Week @ Home Virtual STEAM Activity Fair!

Click on the pictures below to explore and try different activities.

Thank you to our partners at MakerSpace NYC, Parks @ Home Jr., and the Staten Island Museum for sharing activities.

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Listen: Grassland Sounds

In 2018, Freshkills Park researchers conducted a study to learn more about grassland bird nesting preferences. Currently, a significantly greater number of grassland birds are nesting in an area known as East Mound than in the other areas. One species of special concern, the grasshopper sparrow, has been found nesting exclusively in East Mound.

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Watch: Motion Sensor Cameras Wildlife Footage

In the Summer of 2019, Freshkills Park researchers set up wildlife cameras to record animal activity on site, in hopes of capturing footage of the red foxes that call the former landfill home. The camera footage shows a snapshot of some of the larger mammals that inhabit the park, with a few surprise guests!

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Watch: Osprey Nest Over Main Creek

Every year, Osprey (Pandion halibuts) make their summer homes at Freshkills Park, where they build nests on high structures above the Park’s creeks. They hunt for fish in the waterways and raise their young. Since 2018, parks researchers have been monitoring the breeding success of the Osprey at Freshkills Park.

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Activity: Kinetic Animals with Staten Island MakerSpace

Make your own kinetic paper animals with Deborah from MakerSpace NYC! How many things can you make from paper? From just one piece of copy paper, you can create a flying animal. Cut pieces and adhere them together so you can manipulate the wings of a paper bird, dinosaur – or any animal you can imagine!

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