• Newsletter — June, 2018

    JUNE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>JUNE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Pond Life  This month’s after-school program will focus on pond animals.  Who lives in the pond, and why? Come find out!  We will spend as much time outside as possible, so please dress for the weather. Pk-K : Tuesdays, June  5th and 12th  1st and 2nd: Wednesdays, June 6th and 13th  3rd through […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: June, 2018

    >> NATURALIST NOTES: June, 2018What would The Nature Center be without Ruckman Pond? I have a hard time even imagining it. I often hear people referring to the nature center as “The Pond”. Although Ruckman Pond is far from being our geographical center on the map; it is definitely the heart of it. People of all […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: May, 2018

    >> NATURALIST NOTES: May, 2018Last May while out walking the trails with my then 5 year old, Willow, we came across one of the Nature Center’s many low-lying areas. What made this one special is that the forest floor in this particular spot is plastered with small yellow flowers. Willow was quickly mesmerized by the fact […]

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  • Newsletter — May, 2018

    MAY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>SPRING BIRDING EXPERIENCE: Saturday, May 5th 8:00- 10:00 AM Come join the “early birds” at the Nature Center cabin from 8:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning, May 5th, for a birding adventure with Naturalist Nancy Slowik.  While seasoned birders are welcome, no experience is required. A pair of binoculars is most helpful.  […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: April, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: April, 2018Some of my favorite frequent visitors to the Nature Center aren’t people, but dogs. There are quite a few dog walkers and their four legged friends that come for a stroll daily, and some that come less often, but all greatly enjoy the time they spend here. The combination of a taste […]

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  • Newsletter — April, 2018

    APRIL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIESTHE SOUP SUPPER  IS BACK! April 15th 5-7 PM One of our most popular events, the Soup Supper has brought members and friends together for more than 30 years. A great variety of homemade soups and breads is our speciality. You get a bowl and spoon to sample as many soups as […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: March, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: March, 2018 As the days lengthen and the air temperatures warms, nature gives us many signs that spring is on the way. The harbinger of spring that has the most profound effect on me and on my natural history calendar is the first sighting of aquatic turtles. During winter, ponds and lakes don’t seem like hot beds […]

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  • Newsletter — March, 2018

    MARCH EVENTS AND CLASSES “Last Chance Winter Hike” March 18that 2 PM Come one, come all! Layer up your winter clothes and join us for an afternoon forest adventure. With no leaves on the trees, finding wildlife becomes much easier! You never know what you may find around the next bend in the trail… MARCH […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: February, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: With the crazy swings in temperature we have experienced this winter, I have been asked many questions and heard lots of talk about climate change. I try to clear this up as often as possible, since I feel it is very important to help people understand this topic. There is way too much […]

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  • Newsletter — February, 2018

    FEBRUARY EVENTS AND CLASSES FEBRUARY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Volcanoes! Watch out!!!  Mount Closter is about to erupt again!  This month’s after school science program will focus on everyone’s favorite natural disaster – Volcanoes! We will try to get outside each day, so please dress for the weather. Kids will make model volcanoes and we will erupt […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: January, 2018

    2018 is here, and it’s time for a New Year’s resolution. Every year I try to come up with something that will improve my health and happiness. This year I have a new, simple, and hopefully fruitful resolution…spend more time outside. The benefits are tremendous, it’s free, and can be fun for the whole family. Exercise […]

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  • Newsletter — January, 2018

    JANUARY EVENTS AND CLASSES Hardy Volunteers Needed for Tree Survey Workshop January 13th , 1:30 -3:30 PM 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, […]

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