Spring is finally here! While this winter won’t go down as one of the most brutal, it wasn’t a walk in the park, either. Variability of the severity of winter sometimes seems like a big deal to us humans, even though we can easily adapt as conditions change. Thermostats control the temperature of our homes, weather reports dictate how we dress, and the food just keeps on coming.
Out in nature, it’s a different story. Heavy snow and extreme cold can be life threatening to many animals. Warm spells that trick plants into flowering followed by cold snaps and low temperatures, can prevent reproduction for an entire season. Because of meager or poor food supplies, many animals teeter on the brink of starvation. Now that April is upon us, the potential for life-altering weather is still here in the form of spring nor-easters. But those creatures that have made it this far and survived another winter, will have nine months to recharge, reproduce, and do it all again!
A SPECIAL EVENT!
You won’t want to miss this wonderful adventure:
Excursion to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA
Sponsored by the Closter Nature Center
Saturday May 18th 8 AM to 8 PM
These beautiful gardens will delight you. They are a “must see” for photographers and nature lovers alike!
$60 per person includes bus fare and admission to Longwood, book now while space is available.
Checks should be made payable to the Closter Nature Center and sent to:
Karen Seagaard; 249 Knickerbocker Rd.
Closter, NJ 07624
Questions? Call Karen at (201) 784-9287
SPRING MINI CAMP
BIG HIKES! OUTSIDE EVERY DAY! FINDING ANIMALS!
LOTS OF FUN !!
Monday thru Thursday, April 8-9-10-11
9:00 to 10:30… PK-K
11:00 to 12:30… 1st -2nd grades
1:30 to 3:00… 3rd to 6th grades
Cost: $40. members, $50. non-members
TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES: Call Marc Gussen 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.
SOUP SUPPER RETURNS
Sunday, April 14th From 5:00 to 7:00….”At the cabin by the pond”
One of our most popular annual events, the Soup Supper has brought members and friends together for more than 25 years. A great variety of homemade soups and breads is our specialty. You get a bowl and spoon to sample as many soups as you like- plus tasty breads! Arrive by 6:30 for best selection. The charge is $7 for adults, and $3 for children under 10. Pay at the door. All proceeds go to support the Nature Center’s education programs.
To contribute much needed breads and soups, please call Jennifer Rothschild at (201) 954-0316. Leave a clear message with type of bread or soup, your name and phone number. You can also email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS: SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
Why do we even have seasons, and what makes Spring so special?
We will be outside, so dress for the weather!
Pre-K and Kindergarden: Tuesdays - 4/16, 23, 30
1st and 2nd grade: Wednesdays - 4/17, 24, 5/1
3rd through 5th grade: Thursdays - 4/18, 25, 5/2
Cost: $30. members, $40. non-members. Time: 3:45 to 5:00
TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES: 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.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Closter Spring Cleanup
April 6th, 10 to 1
Meet at 10 AM at Boro Hall and The Nature Center
Scavenger Hunt! Prizes! Come and help: it is fun !
Earth Fair in Norwood
April 20th, 10:00 to 3:00 at Kennedy Field
Closter Nature Center Annual Meeting
Friday, April 26th at 7:30 PM
Beth Ravit, our guest speaker, will talk about Sustainability.
Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, May 11th, from 9-12
Saturday, June 8th, from 1-4
CNC EDUCATION SURVEY
Got kids? Please help us to shape the Summer Programs.
The Closter Nature Center Education Survey is now available online! In order to continue to improve the experiences offered, we ask that you take a few minutes to respond to the questionnaire. We value YOUR input, and want to be responsive to your needs and ideas and preferences.
Click here to take the survey. This is a secure website, so you can hit the “continue” button when prompted.