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Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at, you can designate The Closter Nature Center as your charity?

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 — December, 2019

    >> DECEMBER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>Christmas Bird Count  Get to Know Your Winter Neighbors: The Birds in Your Yard On Saturday, December 14th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, The Nature Center will host an “Open Porch” for backyard birders – an opportunity to drop by the porch of the cabin by the pond and […]

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  • Newsletter — November, 2019

    >> NOVEMBER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SPECIAL PROGRAM: BATS, BATS, BATS! With Joe D’Angeli Sunday, November 17th at 2 PM Throughout the world, bats have been misunderstood and persecuted, causing a serious decline in the bat population. The program “BATS, BATS, BATS!” was established to bring this matter to the public’s attention. Find out why […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist Notes: December, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings: When fall turns to winter, it’s time for many wonderful sights in the world of nature. One of my favorites is winter bird activity- and the ease of viewing them in the sleeping majesty of bare forest trees. Another that gets little attention but amazes me every time I see […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: November, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings: Fall brings cool weather, colorful foliage and migrating animals…usually. So far we have had an atypical fall, with October days in the 90’s and green forest canopies in the middle of the month. Birders have been searching far and wide for warblers, offshore fishermen are awaiting the tuna reports, and […]

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