Our city's name—Greenbelt—comes from the 800 acres of forest that once surrounded the town in the 1930s when it was built. Ove the years, the forest lands were sold piece by piece until only 225 acres remained. A citizens' group, the Committee to Save the Green Belt, formed in 1987 and worked feverishly over the decades to save the woods from development until the City Council passed a unanimous resolution in 2003 to form the Greenbelt Forest Preserve.
Read the history of how these woods were saved when citizens formed the Committee to Save the Green Belt.
Learn about the role of the City of Greenbelt Forest Preserve Advisory Board.
View some amazing photos of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve by photographer Mark Christal in the Gallery.
Download History Highlights
Show your support for the woods with a handmade Keep it Wild and Wooded Bracelet or an original art celebration t-shirt. Visit our Support Us page for more details.