New York: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve|
Posted on Tuesday, November 01 @ 09:20:02 MST by iljiana
83 Nielsen Avenue
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre nature preserve near
the southwest shore of Staten Island. It contains a variety of unique
habitats, such as wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and
woodlands. The preserve is managed to retain its unique ecology and to
provide educational and recreational opportunities for people of all
ages. Evidences of the Leni Lenape Indians, European settlers and the
Free Blacks of Sandy Ground provide a rich cultural history.
Educational programs, such as nature walks, pond ecology, birdwatching
and tree and flower identification, are offered, as are many activities
geared to school children. School and group programs are also welcome
by advance registration. In addition, visitors may picnic or hike on
designated trails. Horseback riding is also permitted on over 5 miles
of bridal paths. Please note that horses are not available to rent.
For more information:
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island Expressway west to Rt.440
south. Exit at Bloomingdale Rd. Left on Bloomingdale Rd. to Right on
Sharrotts Rd. to Carlin St. Right on Carlin St. to Nielsen Ave.