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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, 2018

    >>November Events and Activities –>Hello Autumn Hike Sunday, November 4th, at 3 PM Come visit the Nature Center and join us for a hike along our trails. Enjoy our woods as colors peak in mid – Autumn!  Meet at the cabin by Ruckman Pond… November After-School Classes Survival Skills  This month we will try our […]

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  • Newsletter — October, 2018

    >>October Events and Activities –>October 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. Pre-K and K – Tuesdays – 9th – 16th – 23rd 1st and 2nd Gr. – Wednesdays – 10th – 17th – 24th 3rd […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist Notes: November, 2018

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:     The first time I started a fire with two sticks and a small pile of tinder it changed my life. My interest in the skills of our ancestors started when I was a small boy. I had learned that there were people who lived in the forest, speared fish, […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: October, 2018

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:Every season has its own special basket of gifts from nature, but in my mind fall takes the cake. With the coming of cool nights and ample rain, the fungi of the forest start to fruit and make their reproductive structures: Mushrooms! October is typically the highlight of the mushroom hunter’s […]

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