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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.

Click HERE for more information.

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  • Newsletter — January, 2018

    JANUARY EVENTS AND CLASSES Hardy Volunteers Needed for Tree Survey Workshop January 13th , 1:30 -3:30 PM Ever wanted to learn more about the trees in our Nature Center? We are looking for a few volunteers willing to participate in a workshop followed by a tree survey in the woods.   The workshop will be held on Saturday, […]

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  • Newsletter — December, 2017

    DECEMBER EVENTS AND CLASSES   ***** A Gift From the Forest ***** Looking for that perfect gift for your special somebody?  How about a legacy of wooded bliss! A place to walk in the woods!  Click –> HERE <– to purchase the gift of membership in the Closter Nature Center TODAY   After-School Programs: Rocks + Minerals […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist Notes: January, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES:2018 is here, and it’s time for a New Year’s resolution. Every year I try to come up with something that will improve my health and happiness. This year I have a new, simple, and hopefully fruitful resolution…spend more time outside. The benefits are tremendous, it’s free, and can be fun for the whole family. […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: December, 2017

    NATURALIST’S NOTES:Fall is slowly coming to an end, and everything in nature is readying for winter. Plants are closing up shop, migrants are leaving, forest residents are prepping to sleep or stick it out; and we are here to enjoy it all. Late fall is probably my favorite time to be in the woods.  Deep breaths […]

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