• Ash Tree ID Workshop and Field Survey

    Forest Stewardship

    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, January 13th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, at the Cabin. There may be an additional time scheduled on Saturday, January 20th, starting at 1:30 PM.

    This is an opportunity to learn how to identify ash trees and also, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle killing these trees in our area. EABs are a small, green beetle that targets Ash trees, a tree common to our Nature Center. The Emerald Ash Borer is virtually unstoppable and has already been identified in Rockleigh, Hillsdale and Paramus. 

    In the central section of the Nature Center, between the White and Red Trails, almost 20 % of the trees are Green Ash. After learning to identify ash trees, participants will be divided into at least 2 teams and assigned a section of the Nature Center to mark all the ash trees they can be sure of.  These ash trees will then be located on a GPS database so that it will be easier to return and check on each tree in the future.  By clearly identifying where ash trees are grouped or single, we can better anticipate how the canopy will change as they almost inevitably die off, and we can better plan for locating replacement trees.  There will certainly be additional opportunities for volunteers to assist in this identification and survey work but we especially need hardy souls willing to learn and then hike through the cold woods on Saturday, Jan. 13th, with their best observation skills at work.  Please e-mail Mary Mayer (marym812@aol.com) if you plan to attend...or if you have questions.


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  • January After-School Classes 3rd-6th Gr.

    Winter Wonderland

    This months after school program will focus on the nature in the winter. What is all this white stuff? How do animals survive the cold? What’s going on under the ice on the pond?  Dress for the weather, we will be going outside as much as possible.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   9th - 16th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  10th - 17th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  11th - 18th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • January After-School Classes 1st & 2nd Gr.

    Winter Wonderland

    This months after school program will focus on the nature in the winter. What is all this white stuff? How do animals survive the cold? What’s going on under the ice on the pond?  Dress for the weather, we will be going outside as much as possible.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   9th - 16th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  10th - 17th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  11th - 18th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • January After-School Classes Pre-K to K

    Winter Wonderland

    This months after school program will focus on the nature in the winter. What is all this white stuff? How do animals survive the cold? What’s going on under the ice on the pond?  Dress for the weather, we will be going outside as much as possible.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   9th - 16th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  10th - 17th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  11th - 18th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • Winter Hike & Bonfire

    Baby, it's cold outside.

    Bundle up and c'mon down! Join us for a naturalist led hike on the trails of our 136 acre wooded nature center. The hike will end with a bonfire and marshmallows!

    Dress for the weather. Hike will be held during most weather but, could be canceled for extreme weather or ice. 

    Watch Facebook and www.closternaturecenter.org for any changes.


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  • Christmas Bird Count

    Calling all citizen scientists!!

    Audubon's 118th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this coming season, with all counts held between the dates of Thursday, December 14, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018.

    The Closter Nature Center is joining forces with Bergen County Audubon to assist in that count on December 16th, 20187.  Join birders across the country to monitor and count the birds in your area. Your efforts will add to a long tradition of data on bird populations and trends useful for monitoring environmental threats not only to birds but to the larger ecosystems we all depend on.

    What to bring: binoculars, warm clothes and a good attitude !

    Note: There will be some binoculars to borrow and a few experienced bird watchers for guidance. 


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  • December After-School Classes 3rd – 6th

    Rocks + Minerals

    December’s after-school program will be about the amazing world of geology.
    We will get to see the Nature Center’s incredible collection of rocks and minerals and get to make our very own crystals to take home and eat!
    This program will be inside and out so please dress for the weather!


    PreK and K   Tuesdays   5th - 12th - 19th 

    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  6th - 13th - 20th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  7th - 14th - 21st 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • December After-School Classes 1st and 2nd

    Rocks + Minerals

    December’s after-school program will be about the amazing world of geology.
    We will get to see the Nature Center’s incredible collection of rocks and minerals and get to make our very own crystals to take home and eat!
    This program will be inside and out so please dress for the weather!


    PreK and K   Tuesdays   5th - 12th - 19th 

    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  6th - 13th - 20th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  7th - 14th - 21st 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • December After-School Classes Pre-K and K

    Rocks + Minerals

    December’s after-school program will be about the amazing world of geology.
    We will get to see the Nature Center’s incredible collection of rocks and minerals and get to make our very own crystals to take home and eat!
    This program will be inside and out so please dress for the weather!


    PreK and K   Tuesdays   5th - 12th - 19th 

    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  6th - 13th - 20th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  7th - 14th - 21st 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • Winter Break 2017

    Staycation at the Nature Center!

    Need something fun and educational for the kids to do during the holiday break?

    We have the answer: four days of nature exploration and fun with animals here at the Closter Nature Center.

    Depending on your schedule you can sign up for one, two, three, or all four days.

    We will try to spend time outside each day, so please dress for the weather.

    Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th

    1st and 2nd grade 9:00 - 11:30
    3rd thru 6th grade 1:00 - 3:30 

    Cost:  $80.00 /  week, Member; $100 / week, NON-Members

                $25.00 / day for Members; $30 / day for NON-Members

    TO REGISTER ONLINE please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.

    Winter fun!


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  • Let’s Talk about Honey Bees

    Bzzz… Bzzzz…

    SAVE THE HONEY BEES!

    The president of Ramapo College of NJ's Beekeepers Club, Pat Harrison, will be coming to speak on what Honey Beekeeping entails, its importance, and what someone can do to help struggling bee populations. This event will be kid friendly! Pat Harrison is a senior in Environmental Science at Ramapo College and a backyard beekeeper of three years.

     

     

     


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  • November After-School Classes 3rd-6th Gr.

    Mammals of the Nature Center

    This month's program will focus on our furry friends that live in and around the Nature Center. 
    Dress for the weather, we will be outside as much as possible.
     
     PreK and K - Tuesdays - 7th - 14th - 21st
    1st and 2nd Gr- Wednesdays - 8th - 15th - 22nd
    3rd through 6th - Thursdays - 9th - 16th - 30th  (Skip Thanksgiving 10/23) 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 and follow directions on form below. 


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