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The Closter Nature Center is a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey.

With 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows and forests to explore, the center is open to all local residents, providing informative monthly lectures and nature walks for the general public, as well as school or scout groups.

Come explore the nature center's educational and environmental programs today!

Conservation * Education * Recreation

In 1961 the mayor and council- concerned that unwise development might erode the future quality of life in the borough- established a committee to study the prospects for a nature center.

A public association was incorporated in 1962, to which 80 acres of land was leased from the Borough. Since that time more land has been added, some with the assistance of State and local Green Acres programs.

A building for meetings and classes was erected in 1967. In 1985, The Nature Center lease was amended to place additional acres under Nature Center management and to extend the lease for 50 years.

Become A Member * Volunteer

The Closter Nature Center is a 501c.3 non-profit organization. We are funded primarily through the generous support of our members and powered through the energy of our strong volunteer community.

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  • Newsletter — November, 2017

    NOVEMBER EVENTS AND CLASSES   *** Annual Membership Drive *** Welcome to our newest members! If you’ve joined our Nature Center in the past six months, we say thanks and hope that you’ve been enjoying the trails.  For everyone else, it is time to show your support and renew your membership!  With nearly 400 members, […]

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  • Newsletter — October, 2017

    OCTOBER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIESOctober After-School Classes: Bones, Bats and Black Cats Nature with a taste of Halloween! This month we will learn about skeletons, nocturnal animals and mythical creatures.  Please dress for the weather. PK and K – Tuesdays – 10th – 17th – 24th 1st and 2nd – Wednesdays – 11th – 18th – 25th 3rd through […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist Notes: November, 2017

    With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to take a look at what is important to us and to give credit to many of the things that we take for granted. For me, this list begins with my loving wife and children and includes simple amenities like running water, healthy food and of course, access […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: October, 2017

    October is a magical time of the year. Transition from summer to fall brings the fireworks display of foliage as the trees lose their leaves, the migration of birds and Monarch butterflies, and my favorite: the proliferation of mushrooms. A handful of species are prized as food, but other than those, most are ignored and […]

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