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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 — 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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  • Newsletter — October, 2019

    >> OCTOBER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>COMMUNITY PROGRAMS 1. The Amazing World of Mushrooms October 17th 7:00 pm You will not want to miss this captivating and fascinating program: Naturalist Marc Gussenhas offered it often over the years, and always has had a great response. Come learn about mushrooms, their role in the forest…and in the kitchen! […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • 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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  • Naturalist Notes: October, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings: There are so many wonderful things about fall that it is hard to pick a favorite, but high up on the list of reasons to love autumn are mushrooms.  Mushrooms come in an amazing variety of colors and shapes, make a great addition to dinners, and their importance in the […]

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