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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 — February, 2019

    >> February Events and Activities –>CLOSTER NATURE CENTER ADULT PROGRAM: “PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY” Wednesday, February 20th, 7 to 8:30 PM Presented by Marc Gussen Come learn the skills of the ancients. This program for adults and teens covers the history of primitive technology from the first stone tools on up. Skills covered include fire-making by friction, cordage, […]

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  • Newsletter — January, 2019

    >> January Events and Activities –>FULL MOON HIKE Sunday, January 20th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Are you ready for a night to remember? Meet at the cabin for an evening hike, with the first full moon of 2019 lighting our way! We’ll hike for about ½ hour, then come to the fire ring for […]

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Naturalist Notes

  • Naturalist Notes: February, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:For many years now we have offered programs for kids during school vacations. These programs started due to the number of calls I would get prior to (and during) vacations asking if we have anything for kids to do while they are out of school.  We started to offer school break […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: January, 2019

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:When winter really sets in, there is no better place than the Closter Nature Center for a quick hike. Considering the ordeal of getting dressed for the cold and snow, it gets hard in the winter to go outside for some exercise, but the benefits are tremendous. To offset our tendency to spend more […]

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