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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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Newsletters

  • 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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  • Newsletter — November, 2017

    NOVEMBER EVENTS AND CLASSES   *** Annual Membership Drive *** Welcome to our newest members! If you’ve joined our Nature Center in the past six months, we say thanks and hope that you’ve been enjoying the trails.  For everyone else, it is time to show your support and renew your membership!  With nearly 400 members, […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • 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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  • Naturalist Notes: November, 2017

    With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to take a look at what is important to us and to give credit to many of the things that we take for granted. For me, this list begins with my loving wife and children and includes simple amenities like running water, healthy food and of course, access […]

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