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Blue Heron Park and Nature Center
Staten Island Rapid Tranist to Annadale Station; walk uphill on Annadale Road to Poillon Avenue; follow Poillon a half mile to the park entrance. S78 or S59 bus to Poillon Avenue; walk north a half mile to entrance.
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Staten Island’s Blue Heron Park has almost doubled in size since it was opened in the ‘80s, currently spanning 250 acres of natural parkland. There are two ecosystems at work here. Surrounded by trees and topped by water lilies, Spring Pond attracts bird watchers and nature enthusiasts with its wide, green meadows, beautiful wetlands, ponds, swamps and streams that are home to frogs and fish, as well as one lone egret. For hikers, the park also features several easy-going trails about a mile or so in length, including portions that are entirely wheelchair accessible. However, the most popular attraction is the million-dollar Nature Center. Opened in 1998, the Center has classrooms and a library where visitors can read up on the flora and fauna that thrive in the New York area. Art exhibits change regularly and there are live animals—turtles, bullfrogs, clown fish and others—to see too.Bird-Feeding Station
Perched at the edge of the woodlands, this feeding station attracts Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a pair of Pine Warblers. Heron Park staff, well versed in birds and bird-watching, are usually on hand and happy to educate visitors about what they’re seeing.
Free hour-long tours with Friends of Blue Heron Park are available every Saturday and Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
The Blue Heron Nature Center offers free classes on beginning bird watching as well as dozens of seasonal weekly, monthly and single-date programs for children, families and adults. See the Website for more info.
Nature Center Hours
Tue—Sun, 11 a.m.—4 p.m.; Mon, closed
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