• Trail Naming

    Ageless and Tireless Volunteers

    The Closter Nature Center's hardworking angels, Mary & Gay Mayer, seen here by the pond at the newly installed sign in their honor.

    CNC Director and Naturalist Marc Gussen built and installed the new sign. 

    Photos courtesy of Trustee Susan McTigue. 

     

     

    Mary and Gay Mayer

    Marc Gussen

    Marc Gussen and Co.

    Mary Mayer


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  • Forest Stewardship Project

    Forest Stewardship Study

    Starting in 2015, the Closter Nature Center (CNC) Board undertook a long-term project to assess the health of its 136-acre site of forested wetlands. Soon after, a forest stewardship study was conducted by New Jersey Audubon for the CNC which has served as a baseline for further study and recommendations of care. Please check here for continuing updates and information. 

    CNC Spring Woods, 2018

    EAB Monitoring Stations

    Look UP! You may notice these green, cylindrical cones hanging from a tree in the Nature Center. These are monitoring traps for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that is impacting Ash trees in our region. Tracking the path and impact of these beetles is important to understanding the changing nature of our forests. Monitoring invasive species is part of our ongoing Forest Stewardship Project at the Closter Nature Center. These stations were put in place by local volunteer, Todd Bradbury.

    EAB Monitoring Station

    Assessing Forest Health in Central New Jersey

    White-tailed Deer

    The Closter Nature Center held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 7pm. in the log cabin by the pond. There was a brief business meeting highlighting our past year followed by a presentation on "The Impacts of Deer and Invasive Species on Forests in Northern-Central New Jersey.

    Dr. Jay Kelly from Raritan Valley Community College presented the results of his research on the impacts of overabundant deer and invasive plant species on forests in northern-central NJ. Since 2014, he and his students have studied over 135 forests, primarily in the Raritan Watershed, documenting how tree regeneration and other aspects of forest understories have changed since the mid-Twentieth Century, when deer and invasive plants were much lower in the state. They also studied the effectiveness of different strategies for forest restoration, including exclosures and deer management programs, at improving forest conditions over time. The goals of this research are to provide real-world research opportunities for students, and to provide local communities with information needed to understand these important issues; showing what is happening to our forests, and what can be done to address them.

    Link to Study

    Here is a link to Professor Kelly's presentation: 

    Impacts of Deer and Invasives in Central New Jersey Forests_May 2018

    Area of Expertise:  Ecology & Conservation

    Jay Kelly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Raritan Valley Community College

    Forest Stewardship Study

    This project has been ongoing. Here is a link to an article in 2016:

    http://closternaturecenter.org/project/forest-stewardship-plan/


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  • Eagle Scout Project

    Patrick Lee’s Eagle Scout Project

    Over the years, the Closter Nature Center has been the recipient of projects completed by Boy Scouts attempting to become "Eagle Scouts". This recognition is not come by easily, it is something the Scouts earn by building skills and learning how to become leaders. By building a bridge at the Nature Center, Patrick Lee earned the right to be called an "Eagle Scout", the highest rank in scouting. 

    Here is a copy of Patrick Lee's presentation to the Board of Trustees.

    Good evening board members, leaders, scouts, and parents.

    My name is Patrick Lee and I would like to thank the Nature Center for allowing me to complete my final steps toward Eagle Scout here at the nature center. The Nature Center holds a special place in my childhood. When I was a little boy I would spend a lot of time here fishing and attending camps, I especially enjoyed the fishing derbies. For my project, we replaced the main bridge. The previous bridge has been there for as long as I could remember, and it needed to be replaced. The new bridge now has steps for easier access, a handrail & is much sturdier.

     I would especially like to thank Mr. Gussen, working with him was a great experience. A special thank you to Mr. Mattes, who has been my leader since the first day of cub scouts in first grade, all the way up to Eagle Scout in my senior year of high school.  Also thank you to Dr. Baron, who worked with me every step of the way throughout my project. Thank you to the scouts, parents, and leaders who helped on my work days, and generously donated time, energy, efforts, and funds to my project, without them this wouldn’t happen. And a huge thank you to my Father and Grandfather for helping and teaching me the carpentry side of this project. Additionally a thank you for the Sapper family for creating this giant check, of which is the remaining funds of my fundraising efforts for the bridge. I am proudly able to donate $730.15 to the Closter Nature Center, so that it can continue to be a special place for other Closter children as they grow up.


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  • Technology Upgrade

    Help us, help you!

    The Closter Nature Center is working to upgrade its technology infrastructure to more easily meet the needs of our community. We are migrating class registrations and some back office functions to CommunityPass, a cloud-based registration and payment software based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. In order to fully migrate our membership database over to CommunityPass, there is a setup fee of $1000.00. We welcome any donations towards that goal.

    Thank you!

    Lori Spechler

    Closter Nature Center President


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  • Plants of the CNC

    Zach Weiss’ Senior Service project at Northern Valley…


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  • Animals of CNC

    Zach Weiss’ Senior Service project at Northern Valley Demarest, Class of 2017 included documentation of the animals of the nature center.

    My project was to create…


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  • New Bridge, November 2016

    An aging bridge spanning a stream at the Closter Nature Center has been replaced with a new and sturdier one thanks to a grant from Whole Foods…


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  • Forest Stewardship Study

    A forest stewardship study was conducted by New Jersey Audubon to assess the health of the Closter Nature Center’s forest.

    Newspaper articles on study: 

    Forest stewardship study looks at…


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  • We will miss them

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  • What educations means

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