• Newsletter — October, 2017

    OCTOBER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

    October After-School Classes:

    Bones, Bats and Black Cats

    Nature with a taste of Halloween!

    This month we will learn about skeletons, nocturnal animals and mythical creatures. 

    Please dress for the weather.

    PK and K - Tuesdays - 10th - 17th - 24th

    1st and 2nd - Wednesdays - 11th - 18th - 25th

    3rd through 6th - Thursdays - 12th - 19th - 26th

    TO REGISTER ONLINE:

    go to: https://register.communitypass.net/closter/ and you will be taken to CommunityPass, our online registration and payment system.  

    If you would prefer to register in person, call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778, fill out a registration form and bring the form along with payment in full (check or cash) to the first class. 

    You can pick up a registration form at the Log Cabin, 154 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ 07624. Or, you can download a copy here: http://closternaturecenter.org/after-school-classes-registration-form

    A Fall Hike in the Woods: 

    Sunday, October 15, at 2 PM

    Come visit the Nature Center and join us for a hike along our trails. Enjoy the wonders of autumn!  Meet at the cabin by the Ruckman Pond.

    HAWKS OVER THE HUDSON at STATE LINE LOOKOUT

    Sunday, October 1st  FROM 12-4

    On Sunday, October 1st, State Line Lookout in Alpine, in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, will host a special nature event called “Hawks Over the Hudson.” To be held rain or shine from 12 to 4 PM, the program will feature live birds of prey, presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1 and 2:30 PM. Between the programs, visitors will have a chance to see the animals up close, chat with the presenters, and to enjoy activities and exhibits presented by some of the member organizations of the Nature Program Cooperative. The program is free and open to all, with no advanced registration required to attend.  State Line Lookout is accessible via its own exit on the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway about 2 miles north of Exit 2 (a well-marked U-turn is available for southbound travelers).

    The presentation will be held under a tent, but if weather permits, visitors will also be able to stop by an ongoing “hawk watch” only a few yards beyond the parking area — and over 500 feet above the Hudson River. There they can try their luck at spotting wild “raptors” — hawks, eagles, and falcons—as they migrate south. Throughout the fall, volunteer observers congregate at the lookout point to identify the passing raptors, part of a continent-wide study conducted by the Hawk Migration Association of North America. All through September and October and into early November, the State Line hawk watch welcomes visitors who want to learn more about these magnificent animals. While an occasional eagle will glide by the lookout at eye-level, visitors will also learn how experienced observers use a combination of clues like silhouettes and flight patterns to identify even those animals that pass hundreds of feet overhead. (Visitors to the hawk watch are encouraged to bring binoculars with them if they can.)

    NATURALIST’S NOTES:

    October is a magical time of the year. Transition from summer to fall brings the fireworks display of foliage as the trees lose their leaves, the migration of birds and Monarch butterflies, and my favorite: the proliferation of mushrooms. A handful of species are prized as food, but other than those, most are ignored and are often maligned.

     Mushrooms are actually just the "fruit" of a fungus. As an apple tree makes apples - fungi make mushrooms. Their importance in the forest is eclipsed only by trees themselves; forests simply could not survive without fungi. They exist in the forest soil, and on living and dead trees. They act as decomposers, parasites, and sometimes as mutualistic “symbionts” (which help living plants to get water and nutrients from the soil). When the fungi are ready to reproduce, they make their reproductive structures: mushrooms. The mushrooms make spores, which are the fungi's version of seeds. Mushrooms come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and October is probably the best time to experience and enjoy this enchanting slice of forest life.

    A New Bench

    The Closter Nature Center has a new bench from which to enjoy viewing our beautiful pond.   The bench was given in memory of our friend and former Board member George Heise, and was made possible by donations made in his name.  His daughter Lori hopes everyone enjoys many relaxing and peaceful moments there, with family, friends and nature.

    AUTUMN: The Perfect Time to Clean Out Your Closets!

    Bring your unwanted clothing to the bins located in the new Stop and Shop parking lot, and the proceeds will benefit the Closter Nature Center

    Look for the blue and green receptacles, towards the front of the parking lot on Demarest Ave.

    Put your unwanted clothing to good use!


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  • Newsletter — September, 2017

    SEPTEMBER EVENTS AND CLASSES:

     

    September After-School Programs

    “Reptiles and Amphibians”

    This month’s after-school program will explore the world of reptiles and amphibians.

    This program will be both inside and outside so please dress for the weather.

    PK and Kindergarten - Tuesdays - 12th - 19th - 26th

    1st and 2nd grade - Wednesdays - 13th - 20th - 27th

    3rd through 6th grade - Thursdays -14th - 21st - 28th

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

    TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES ONLINE BY CREDIT CARD OR CHECK, CLICK ON LINK BELOW

    OR, call Marc : at (201) 750-2778 to reserve a place in class. Then, bring to the first class a check, (preferably not cash), for the proper amount, made out to the Closter Nature Center.

    HAWKS OVER THE HUDSON at STATE LINE LOOKOUT

    Sunday, October 1st  FROM 12-4

    On Sunday, October 1st, State Line Lookout in Alpine, in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, will host a special nature event called “Hawks Over the Hudson.” To be held rain or shine from 12 to 4 PM, the program will feature live birds of prey, presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1 and 2:30 PM. Between the programs, visitors will have a chance to see the animals up close, chat with the presenters, and to enjoy activities and exhibits presented by some of the member organizations of the Nature Program Cooperative. The program is free and open to all, with no advanced registration required to attend.  State Line Lookout is accessible via its own exit on the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway about 2 miles north of Exit 2 (a well-marked U-turn is available for southbound travelers).

    The presentation will be held under a tent, but if weather permits, visitors will also be able to stop by an ongoing “hawk watch” only a few yards beyond the parking area — and over 500 feet above the Hudson River. There they can try their luck at spotting wild “raptors” — hawks, eagles, and falcons—as they migrate south. Throughout the fall, volunteer observers congregate at the lookout point to identify the passing raptors, part of a continent-wide study conducted by the Hawk Migration Association of North America. All through September and October and into early November, the State Line hawk watch welcomes visitors who want to learn more about these magnificent animals. While an occasional eagle will glide by the lookout at eye-level, visitors will also learn how experienced observers use a combination of clues like silhouettes and flight patterns to identify even those animals that pass hundreds of feet overhead. (Visitors to the hawk watch are encouraged to bring binoculars with them if they can.)

    SUMMER PROGRAM WRAP-UP: 

    The 2017 Summer Program was our most successful summer in the past 10 years.  150 children enjoyed exploring our trails, streams and ponds with Naturalist Marc and an amazing group of volunteers. The children learned about the environment, the local ecosystem and the many special animals who call our center home, including a special summer resident named “Soupy.”  Children came from 26 different towns in Bergen County.  In addition to the Northern Valley and Pascack Valley towns in New Jersey, children also came from Bergenfield, Cresskill, Dumont, Englewood, Fairlawn, New Milford, Fairlawn, Teaneck, Woodcliff Lake and Wyckoff.  Children also came from the Rockland County towns of Nanuet, Nyack, Palisades and Piermont.  We even had a returning camper from Bradford, Mass.

    The Board of Trustees wishes to thank all the volunteers who worked tirelessly most of the summer ensuring that all the children enjoyed themselves.  Jason Tong,  Marin Moore, Zachary Weiss, Sophie Clarke, Derin Ayas, Olivia Grecco, Tanner Marshall, Sienna Fenu, Wally Chang, Luke Brajkovic, Ashley Kennedy, Sarah Keppler and Shauna McLean.  These hard working, dedicated volunteers ensured that each child was safe and happy.

    Many thanks also to musician Steve Kelman, for visiting our summer program and playing for the kids.

    The Board also greatly appreciates the generosity of Adri Lindgren who made the facilities of the Lindgren School and Camp available to Marc and our volunteers for a wonderfully relaxing pool party.  We also wish to thank Closter #1 for their continued support and generosity.  A special thanks goes out to the Haworth Library for the donation of Eclipse Viewing glasses for the children who participated the week of August 21.  They all enjoyed a safe and spectacular view from canoes on the pond.

    We look forward to another wonderful summer next year.  In the mean time we hope to see our campers back on the trails this fall.

    TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT OUR FOREST: 

    AN IMPORTANT UPDATE:

    All forested areas of northern NJ are under pressure from two main sources:

    1) invasive plant and animal species, and 2) a warming climate to which forest species must adapt, if they can.  Forests all go through natural evolution or shifts in dominant species.  It is not our goal to prevent natural change, but rather to help our forest cope with these pressures. We can do this by increasing the diversity of native trees and herbaceous plants, and by restricting the presence of invasive plant and animal species, either by removal or some fencing.
        Alert:  the Emerald Ash Borer is now as close as Bogota!  This means that the White Ash trees that occupy a small but significant part of our forest are unlikely to survive more than another 5-10 years at most.   An important step in reducing the impact of the loss of these Ash trees is to plant other native trees nearby that can be ready to take over some of the newly opened spaces.  Volunteers are needed to help us locate and tag all our Ash trees.  If, with a little training, you'd like to help, e-mail Mary Mayer at marym812@aol.com, or Beth Ravit at bravit@envsci.rutgers.edu.


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  • Newsletter — June, 2017

     

    JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS:

    MEMORIAL DAY PARADE! MONDAY, May 29th

    Come join us in the parade!

    This Memorial Day, the CNC will have a float.

    Meet in the parking lot at…


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  • Newsletter – May, 2017

    Our Thanks go out to the many generous souls who contributed more than 25 homemade soups to our delightful Soup Supper. In addition, The Barn, Closter One, Chez Madeline,…


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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.


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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…


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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…


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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…

    No Fields Found.

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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…


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  • JUNE 2016 NEWSLETTER

    JUNE CLASSES AND SPECIAL EVENTS:

    Pond Life

    This month we will explore Ruckman Pond and its amazing

    This…


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