THE CLOSTER NATURE CENTER

The Closter Nature Center (CNC) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education, recreation and the conservation of 136-acres of forested wetlands, streams, ponds and trails in suburban Closter, New Jersey.

Pre-School & After-School Programs

After-school classes taught by a professional Naturalist offered throughout the academic year.

*NEW*  In April. Pre-School Classes! Discounted pricing for members.

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Forest Stewardship

Starting in 2015, the Closter Nature Center (CNC) Board undertook a long-term project to assess and protect the health of its 136-acre site of forested wetlands.

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Community Events

Bird walks, activities around the pond and more, the Closter Nature Center hosts events that bring community together. 

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Click HERE to see upcoming events.

Newsletter

Almost monthly newsletter of the Closter Nature Center with all the latest news and events including, Naturalist Notes!

Click HERE for the most recent newsletters.

Walking Trails

Over 3-miles of marked trails open dawn to dusk.

Click HERE for a trail map.

Summer Program

The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 7 – 14.

Click HERE for summer program information. Stay tuned for Summer 2021 registration information.

Closter-a-Coyote, Photo Credit Jim Oettinger

Judging by size, long legs, and profile, as well as the time stamp of 1am—coyotes are nocturnal hunters— local naturalists confirm this image captures a coyote. CNC Trustee Tom Golodik writes, "It would be telling to examine the tracks.  Dogs wander all over the place when they walk; coyotes typically move in straight lines and place rear feet in front paw tracks.  Because the coyote’s heel pad is smaller than a dog’s, coyote tracks show more open space between the two outside toes, whereas the dog’s larger heel pads tends to intrude into the area between the outside toes."

Judging by size, long legs, and profile, as well as the time stamp of 1am—coyotes are nocturnal hunters—local naturalists agree this image captures a coyote. CNC Trustee Tom Golodik writes, "It would be telling to examine the tracks. Dogs wander all over the place when they walk; coyotes typically move in straight lines and place rear feet in front paw tracks. Because the coyote’s heel pad is smaller than a dog’s, coyote tracks show more open space between the two outside toes, whereas the dog’s larger heel pads tends to intrude into the area between the outside toes."

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The Closter Nature Center is a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey.

With 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows and forests to explore, the center is open to all local residents, providing informative monthly lectures and nature walks for the general public, as well as school or scout groups.

Come explore the nature center's educational and environmental programs today!

Conservation * Education * Recreation

In 1961 the mayor and council- concerned that unwise development might erode the future quality of life in the borough- established a committee to study the prospects for a nature center. 

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*Become A Member * Volunteer

The Closter Nature Center is a 501c.3 non-profit organization. We are funded primarily through the generous support of our members and powered through the energy of our strong volunteer community.

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