• Naturalist Notes: April, 2017

    The Winter of 2017 was pretty mild, but it ended with some serious snow. Everyone knows that “April showers bring May flowers”, but March snow-melt is just as important and doesn’t get its own catchy jingle. Nothing saturates the soil and prepares for Spring like slowly melting snow. All too often, heavy Spring rains don’t […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: March, 2017

    Many of the animals that we love and care for here at the Nature Center were once brought here as unwanted pets. Their stories vary considerably, but they all have a common thread – they really needed a new home. Sometimes it is a simple case of: “I never thought it would live this long […]

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  • Newsletter – March, 2017

    MARCH AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES: Pets 101 What it means to have a pet, what animals make good pets, and what it takes to keep them happy and healthy. With the help of the Nature Center’s animal residents, we will learn about responsibility, compassion, the work and the joy of having animal companions. Pre K and K […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: January, 2017

    Of all of the interactions between kids and nature that warm the heart and illustrate the importance of the natural world in our lives, children and snow are definitely high on the list. There is something about the beauty and serenity of snow that I find captivating, but for kids it’s pure play. I had […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: February, 2017

    The muskrat is one of the many mammals that reside at the Closter Nature Center. These interesting rodents, like their cousin the beaver,
are aquatic and have adaptations that help them survive and thrive in the winter. The Nature Center’s ponds and streams are the perfect habitat for the muskrat, which has fur that stays dry […]

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  • Newsletter – February, 2017

    FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES: 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 our giant volcano simulator, Mt. Closter.

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  • Newsletter – January, 2017

      JANUARY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Winter Wonderland We will bring in the New Year with the magic of winter! This month’s program will focus on snow: what it is, where it comes from, and what it means for us and for nature. We will try to get outside everyday, so please dress for the weather. Pre-K […]

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  • December 2016 Newsletter

    DECEMBER CLASSES, SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES: December After-School Classes: “Rocks and Minerals” This month’s after school program will focus on the amazing world of rocks, minerals and crystals. We will be making our own edible crystals – Rock Candy. This is definitely one of the kids all time favorites. Dress for the weather, we will be […]

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  • November 2016 Newsletter

    CLOSTER NATURE CENTER NEWS NOVEMBER, 2016 P.O. BOX 80, CLOSTER, NJ 07624  closternaturecenter.org By the pond on Ruckman Road NOVEMBER AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: “Dogs and Their Wild Relatives” This month’s after school science program will focus on dogs and their place in nature. Dress for the weather, and… Check times and dates very carefully as we will […]

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    JUNE CLASSES AND SPECIAL EVENTS: Pond Life This month we will explore Ruckman Pond and its amazing This is a real favorite of the kids, as we will collect and study some of inhabitants. the pond’s coolest creatures. Dress for the weather. PK-Kindergarten   Tuesdays   May 31 st – June 7 th & 14 […]

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