• May 2021 Pre-School Program

    Mrs. Wonderwhy's Nature Fun for Little Ones

    Toddlers and Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Mrs. Wonderwhy for fun and educational outdoor adventures! In our newest adventure, we’ll become Junior Nature Detectives and explore the woods using our amazing five senses! Together, we’ll make our own “binoculars” to help us search for and collect treasures from the forest floor to investigate closer, listen for animals, smell native plants and more!

    Sign-up is for three one-hour Friday sessions.

    Toddlers (ages 2 & 3) Fridays, May 7th, 14th, & 21st 11:00 AM - 12 PM
    Preschoolers (ages 3 & 4) Fridays, May 7th, 14th, & 21st 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

              Cost is $60 for Members, $75 for Non-Members

          Classes are held outdoors. Rain date: May 28th for both groups. 

    Please understand that this is not a drop-off program, and adult caregivers will be asked to join in on the fun while helping Mrs. Wonderwhy (aka long-time preschool instructor Maria Costa) keep children safe. All participants must abide by Covid-19 CDC guidelines which currently include masks for all participants over the age of 2 1/2.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • May 2021 After-School Classes

    May After School Program

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun! Our afternoon programs are designed to accent school system's half-days and online curricula. We will be keeping our class sizes small and will be adhering to CDC standards. 

    Masks required. Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for the entire program.

    Cost:  $100/session for Members - $120/session Non-members                              

    SESSIONS 

    Mondays, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

    1st - 3rd Gr. 2:00 - 3:15pm

    4th - 6th Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm  

     Tuesdays,  4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

     1st - 3rd Gr. 2:00 - 3:15pm

     Kindergarten 3:45 - 5:00pm

     Wednesdays,  5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

     4th - 6th Gr. 2:00 - 3:15pm

    1st - 3rd 3:45 - 5:00pm  

     Thursdays,  6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

    Kindergarten 2:00 - 3:15pm

    1st- 3rd Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call Naturalist Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 or email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • Spring Break Science Program

    Spring Break Science Program

    Need something fun and educational for the kids to do during the Spring break? We’ll have four days of nature exploration and discovery here at the Closter Nature Center! It is imperative that the kids dress properly for the weather, as we will be outside for the full program. Be sure your child is wearing layers, if it is a warmer day, layers and warm boots if it is cold, or layers and full rain gear if it is raining. We are keeping our class size to a maximum of 10 kids, and of course, mask wearing is mandatory. If severe weather is predicted, we may need to reschedule or cancel a class.

    1st-7th grades: $100/week for members, $120/week for non-members 

    Kindergarten: $80/week for members, $100/week for non-members. 

    Monday April 12th - Thursday April 15th

    9:00 am - 10:30 am 1st - 3rd grade

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm 4th - 7th grade

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Kindergarten

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 1st - 3rd grade

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call Naturalist Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 or email admin@closternaturecenter.org.

     

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  • April 2021 Pre-School Program

    Mrs. Wonderwhy's Nature Fun for Little Ones

    Toddlers and Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Mrs. Wonderwhy for fun and educational outdoor adventures! Sweet introductions to the indigenous wildlife of our area is the theme for April, including lots of visuals, hands-on exploration, stories, games, nature walks, craft projects, songs and silly dances. Sign-up is for three one-hour Friday sessions.

    Toddlers (ages 2 & 3) Fridays, April 9th, 16th, & 23rd 11:00 AM - 12 PM
    Preschoolers (ages 3 & 4) Fridays, April 9th, 16th & 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Cost is $60 for Members, $75 for Non-Members

    Activites will include: "Scaly Swimmers n' Furry Friends,”, "Wings in Spring" (birds and bugs), and "Turtle Tales and Froggy Games” which covers the six major animal classes found at our beautiful Nature Center.

    Please understand that this is not a drop-off program, and adult caregivers will be asked to join in on the fun while helping Mrs. Wonderwhy (aka long-time preschool instructor Maria Costa) keep children safe. All participants must abide by Covid-19 CDC guidelines which currently include masks for all participants over the age of 2 1/2.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • March After-School Classes

    March After School Program

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun!

    Our afternoon programs are designed to accent school system's half-days and online curricula. We will be keeping our class sizes small and will be adhering to CDC standards. Masks required. Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for the entire program.

    $100/session for Members - $120/session Non-members

    Mondays, 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

    1st - 3rd Gr. 2:00 - 3:15pm

    4th - 6th Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm  

    Tuesdays,  2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

    Kindergarten 2:00 - 3:15pm

     1st - 3rd Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm  

    Wednesdays,  3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

    4th - 6th Gr. 2:00 - 3:15pm

    1st - 3rd 3:45 - 5:00pm  

    Thursdays,  4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

    Kindergarten 2:00 - 3:15pm

    1st- 3rd Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call Naturalist Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 or email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • February After-School Classes

    Winter Outdoor Science Fun

    February After School Programs:

    The Wonders of Winter!

    Hiking, exploring, and enjoying nature with Naturalist Marc Gussen: a great way to accent online and at-home learning! We are keeping our class size to a maximum of 9 kids, mask wearing is mandatory. It is imperative that our students dress properly for the weather, as we will be outside for the entire program. If severe weather is predicted, we may need to reschedule classes.

    3:45pm - 5:00pm

    $60/session for Members. $75/session Non-members

    Mondays, February 1st, 8th and 22nd 4th-7th grade

    Tuesdays, February 2nd, 9th and 23rd 1st-3rd grade

    Wednesdays, February 3rd, 10th and 24th 4th-7th grade

    Thursdays, February 4th, 11th and 25th 1st-3rd grade

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call Naturalist Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778 or email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • OPERATION MULTIFLORA ROSE

    Invasive Brigade

    One multiflora rose plant may produce half million seeds each year. Photo courtesy of IPANE.

    The Closter Nature Center is a magical place loaded with native plants and animals. Unfortunately, we have a problem in our preserve--an invasive species that threatens the health of our forest. Is it a venomous snake? No. Is it a deadly spider? No. It’s a rose. Yes, a rose. Multiflora rose was brought to this country from Asia in the late 1800s for use as both an ornamental plant and as a “living fence”. Its good looks and usefulness are quickly overshadowed by its ability to take over its habitat. Fields and roadsides are where it is often a big issue but given the right circumstances it can degrade a forest habitat as well.

    The first step to eradicating multiflora rose is to learn to identify it and educate others.

    For about a month in late spring and early summer this invasive is covered with small white roses. Those fruits become rose hips, the seed- bearing fruits of the rose. Some birds are fond of the fruit and spread the seeds. It grows by way of arching canes that are covered with recurved thorns that protect them from herbivores.

    Multiflora rose has been spreading here at the Nature Center, and once they grow from individual stems into multi branched shrubs they can be very difficult to remove. Now is our chance! Naturalist Marc Gussen is putting together a squad of volunteers to get to work removing this plant from our forest.page1image9634416

    Come join us for a short hike where Marc will explain the issue further, go over techniques for removing it, and then we will roll up our sleeves and get to work!

    WHEN: Saturday, January 9th and January 23rd at 1:00 PM

    WHERE: Log Cabin by the Pond

    Please dress for the weather, and bring gardening gloves and garden clippers if you can.

    Contact Marc at mgussen@aol.com with questions or to sign-up.

    Let Marc know if you can bring gloves, eye protection, and pruners or loppers, so that we can be sure of having adequate equipment on hand for everyone. Participants must wear a mask during the hike and be at least 13 years of age.

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  • Christmas Bird Count 2020

    Calling all citizen scientists!!

    Audubon's 121st Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Monday, December 14, 2020 and Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    On Saturday, December 19th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, the Nature Center will host an "Open Porch" for backyard birders –-an opportunity to drop by the cabin by the pond and join others in observing and identifying the birds that are common to Closter throughout the winter.

    The number and types of birds observed on that day will be shared with Bergen County Audubon as part of the annual bird count.  Join birders across the country to monitor and count the birds in your area. Your efforts will add to a long tradition of data on bird populations and trends useful for monitoring environmental threats not only to birds but to the larger ecosystems we all depend on.

    What to bring: binoculars, warm clothes and a good attitude !

    Note: There will be some binoculars to borrow and a few experienced bird watchers for guidance. 


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  • December After-School Classes

    Winter Outdoor Science Fun

    Hiking, exploring, and enjoying nature with Naturalist Marc Gussen: a great way to accent online and at-home learning! We are keeping our class size to a maximum of 9 kids, mask wearing is mandatory. These outside- only programs will be for one hour over the winter months. It is imperative that our students dress properly for the weather, as we will be outside for the full hour program. Layering clothing is essential. If severe weather is predicted, we may need to reschedule classes.

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.
     If you have any questions please call Naturalist Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.

    December After School Programs:

    1st - 3rd Grade

    $60/3 day session for Members

    $75/3 day session Non-Members

    Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30pm Dec. 7th, 14th, and 21st

    Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm Dec. 8th, 15th, and 22nd

    Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30pm Dec. 9th, 16th, and January 6th

    Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm Dec. 10th, 17th, and January 7th

    Fridays, 1:30 - 2:30pm Dec. 11th, 18th, and January 8th

    4th - 7th Grade

    $60/3 day session for Members

    $75/3 day session Non-members

    Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30pm Dec. 7th, 14th, and 21st

    Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30pm Dec. 8th, 15th, and 22nd

    Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm Dec. 9th, 16th, and January 6th

    Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:30pm Dec. 10th, 17th, and January 7th

    Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30pm Dec. 11th, 18th, and January 8th


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  • November Break

    Teachers Convention Science Classes

    Vacation Nature Program

    Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th

    Looking for something for the kids to do during the teacher’s convention? Come to the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun!

    All classes will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather. 

    Classes will be held rain or snow or shine! 

    1st -  3rd grades: 9:00am - 10:30am
    4th - 7th grades: 11:00am - 12:30pm

              Parents can sign up children for either 1 or 2 days

    Cost:

    $25 / session for members

           $35 / session for NON-members

    Please sign up online with Community Pass.

    Any questions? Call Naturalist Marc at (201)750-2778 

    For more info about becoming a Closter Nature Center member visit our website at: www.closternaturecenter.org

    Membership can also be purchased on Community Pass (see link / button below). 

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