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New Year’s Day Annual Beach Walk 2019

July 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

  Coney Island has its Polar Bear Club to bring in the New Year, but on Staten Island, we walk the beach.  And have been doing so for 29 years around noon on New Year’s Day come rain or shine, snow or hail, cold, colder or coldest, whatever. The walk, sponsored by Protectors of the Pine Oak Woods (PPOW) and the Natural Resources Protected Association (NRPA), gathers environmentalists from throughout Staten Island, invites family, friends and others from outside the island to help bring in the New Year, remember those who went before us and to look forward to our next set of [...]

Celebrating The Green Team

February 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

  Celebrating The Green Team in their own words: How our Green Team started: Class 601 visited the Great Kills beach for a clean-up at the Clean Ocean Action Summit (through NRPA). While cleaning, students and teachers noted the excessive amounts of plastic waste. After a school dance, we noticed that there was a large amount of plastic water bottles thrown away, some partially filled. After the beach clean-up and school dance, students decided to form a group to take action and reduce the amount of plastic bottles in our school.   Our Goal:   Our current goal is to reduce the [...]

It’s My Park Event at Graniteville

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Whose park is this? It’s YOURS and MINE and EVERYONE’S! One of the many activities that the Natural Resources Protective Association (NRPA) does is cleaning-up at natural areas, such as in the much neglected park area of the Graniteville wetlands and forest in Staten Island. This video follows Jim Scarcella, president of NRPA, and his fellow volunteers as they do the clean-up work and explain what and why they are doing this and what they hope to achieve. NRPA will be doing more such clean-ups at Staten Island’s beaches, waterfronts, parks and other neglected natural [...]