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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 — March, 2018

    MARCH EVENTS AND CLASSES “Last Chance Winter Hike” March 18that 2 PM Come one, come all! Layer up your winter clothes and join us for an afternoon forest adventure. With no leaves on the trees, finding wildlife becomes much easier! You never know what you may find around the next bend in the trail… MARCH […]

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  • Newsletter — February, 2018

    FEBRUARY EVENTS AND CLASSES FEBRUARY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Volcanoes! Watch out!!!  Mount Closter is about to erupt again!  This month’s after school science program will focus on everyone’s favorite natural disaster – Volcanoes! We will try to get outside each day, so please dress for the weather. Kids will make model volcanoes and we will erupt […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist Notes: March, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: March, 2018 As the days lengthen and the air temperatures warms, nature gives us many signs that spring is on the way. The harbinger of spring that has the most profound effect on me and on my natural history calendar is the first sighting of aquatic turtles. During winter, ponds and lakes don’t seem like hot beds […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: February, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: With the crazy swings in temperature we have experienced this winter, I have been asked many questions and heard lots of talk about climate change. I try to clear this up as often as possible, since I feel it is very important to help people understand this topic. There is way too much […]

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