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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 — June, 2019

    >> JUNE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>Pond Celebration! Sunday, June 2nd, 1 to 4 PM At the cabin by Ruckman Pond Come join us for day of fun honoring the Nature Center’s Ruckman Pond! A place so special deserves a day of its own! Activities include: * Canoe rides * Tie-dyed t-shirt making * Arts and […]

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  • Newsletter — May, 2019

    >> MAY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>FOREST STEWARDSHIP: Deer Exclusion Fencing Moving Forward Volunteer Opportunities! WHITE TIES STILL VERY MUCH NEEDED.  We need close to 450 ties (approximately 3 foot x 4 inches of light colored sheeting).  These will be tied at intervals to help the deer be aware of the black vinyl fencing as it […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist’s Notes: June, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:Summer is almost here and we are gearing up for another round of our summer program. Each year we try to offer an exciting and affordable science-and-fun-filled outdoor experience for 4- to 14-year-old’s. We have two classrooms:one is the Nature Center cabin, and the other is the outdoors: our 136-acre nature […]

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  • Naturalist’s Notes: May, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:One of the many functions of the Closter Nature Center’s Board of Trustees is to manage this amazing parcel of land and do what’s best for its inhabitants. Over the last couple of years we have taken this job seriously and are devoted to protecting not just the forest itself, but […]

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