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HIGHLIGHT: Pond Celebration June 2nd

Free, family fun: canoe rides, tie-dye, science experiments and more!

Community Events

School Break Programs

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.

Click HERE for more information.

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  • Newsletter — May, 2019

    >> MAY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>FOREST STEWARDSHIP: Deer Exclusion Fencing Moving Forward Volunteer Opportunities! WHITE TIES STILL VERY MUCH NEEDED.  We need close to 450 ties (approximately 3 foot x 4 inches of light colored sheeting).  These will be tied at intervals to help the deer be aware of the black vinyl fencing as it […]

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  • Newsletter — April, 2019

    >> April Events and Activities –>THE SOUP SUPPER IS BACK! Sunday, April 7th5-7 PM One of our most popular events, the Soup Supper has brought members and friends together for more than 30 years. A great variety of homemade soups and breads is our speciality. You get a bowl and spoon to sample as many […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist’s Notes: May, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:One of the many functions of the Closter Nature Center’s Board of Trustees is to manage this amazing parcel of land and do what’s best for its inhabitants. Over the last couple of years we have taken this job seriously and are devoted to protecting not just the forest itself, but […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: April, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:  Each spring, ponds like our very own Ruckman pond go through an amazing seasonal shift. First, the increasing day length and higher sun angle lead to a melting of the ice and a warming of the pond’s water and bottom sediment. The shallow nature of ponds lets some of the […]

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