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Crocuses in Blue Herron Park, Staten Island
Crocuses announce spring in Blue Herron Park, Staten Island, NY

NPS Photo by Charles Markis

Anyone for Spring?

Nothing says spring like the first crocuses, except perhaps, the first robins.

When those first nice days of spring arrive we are inexplicably drawn outdoors. Is it our genetic make-up that makes us seek the sun, fresh air and nature? Everyone craves it. Does the quest for sightings of birds and wildlife help satisfy our desire for nature?


Spring Program Guides

Please click on the links below:

Jamaica Bay Spring Program Guide

Sandy Hook Spring Program Guide

Staten Island Spring Program Guide


Visitor Center Hours

Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field--Open Wednesday-- Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge--Open Wednesday-- Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center--Open Friday--Sunday, 12 PM to 4 PM.

Fort Wadsworth Camp Office-- Open Sunday-Thursday, Noon - 4 PM (permits not available).

Great Kills Ranger Station-- Open Sunday - Tuesday 10 - 2 PM (permits available).

Miller Field Ranger Station Open Wednesday- Sunday 10 AM - 2:30 PM (permits available)

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/Visitor Center--Open seven days/week 10 AM - 4 PM.

Emerging, painting by Denise Levine c. Denise P. Levine
Emerging, painting by Denise P. Levine. c. 2017. Used with permission.

Photo: Zoë Del Toro

Elements: An Exhibit of Paintings
by Denise P. Levine

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 6, 2-4 PM

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
175-10 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel

“My work is a tribute to Nature and is inspired by her elements-- vivid colors, flowers, greenery, sun and wind, the earth and sky. As a youth I did a lot of camping in upstate New York and going to New York beaches, so I fell in love with the beauty all around me-- mountains, the earth, the stars and marine life inspire me. I have also been an avid gardener since childhood. My goal is to create art that reflects nature to provide a calming, restorative and healing message. I am deeply honored to share my work at The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.” –D. P. Levine.

Levine has been named as one of The Brooklyn Women of Distinction for 2017. This exhibit of her paintings is her first solo show. The show will run for two months.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


(718) 354-4606

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