• Pond Celebration 2022

    Pond Celebration is BACK!!

    After a 2-year hiatus, we're BACK!!

    Please join us SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH for our annual celebration of nature and good vibes! Activities for children and the young-at-heart around and on the pond at the Nature Center. 

     

    Come join us for day of fun honoring the Nature Center’s Ruckman Pond! A place so special deserves a day of its own!

    MUSIC! CANOE RIDES!  ARTS & CRAFTS! TIE-DYED T-SHIRTS!  POND SCIENCE! 

    AND IT'S ALL FREE! Can it get any better than that?

    You could be a volunteer! Fill out the form below with your availability (hours) and expertise (crafter, paddler, musician...). 

    POND CELEBRATION VOLUNTEER

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  • Summer Program 2022 Week 4

    MORNING SESSION

    AGES: 11-14

    DATES: July 18th-21st

    TIME: 9am-12pm

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATES: July 18th-21st

    TIME: 1pm-4pm

    SUMMER FUN !!

    The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 4 – 14. For over 50 years, campers have had an opportunity to explore the Nature Center’s 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forests in a fun and nurturing environment. Our campers hike, dig, wade in the water, and examine nature, all under the supervision of a trained naturalist and an assistant. The 2022 summer program will begin on June 27th and continue for 9 weeks ending August 25th. Camp sessions will be either morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Campers can sign up for one or more 4-day weeks. Each weekly program will offer different activities suitable to the age group, children’s interests and the weather. Campers ages 4 – 6 will meet each day for 2-hours, with weekly fees of $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Campers ages 7 – 10, and 11-14 meet for 3-hours each day, with weekly fees of $120 for members, $150 for non-members.

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  All summer program registrations will be done through Community Pass whether you are paying by check, credit card or via PayPal. 

    QUESTIONS about the program? E-mail CNCsummer@closternaturecenter.org

    As the summer progresses, classes will fill up.  Don't delay, SIGN UP TODAY! 

    The Closter Nature Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A peaceful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey we are dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment through exploration and education.


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  • Summer Program 2022 Week 3

    MORNING SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATES: July 11th-14th

    TIME: 9am-12pm

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATES: July 11th-14th

    TIME: 1pm-4pm

    SUMMER FUN !!

    The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 4 – 14. For over 50 years, campers have had an opportunity to explore the Nature Center’s 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forests in a fun and nurturing environment. Our campers hike, dig, wade in the water, and examine nature, all under the supervision of a trained naturalist and an assistant. The 2022 summer program will begin on June 27th and continue for 9 weeks ending August 25th. Camp sessions will be either morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Campers can sign up for one or more 4-day weeks. Each weekly program will offer different activities suitable to the age group, children’s interests and the weather. Campers ages 4 – 6 will meet each day for 2-hours, with weekly fees of $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Campers ages 7 – 10, and 11-14 meet for 3-hours each day, with weekly fees of $120 for members, $150 for non-members.

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  All summer program registrations will be done through Community Pass whether you are paying by check, credit card or via PayPal. 

    QUESTIONS about the program? E-mail CNCsummer@closternaturecenter.org

    As the summer progresses, classes will fill up.  Don't delay, SIGN UP TODAY! 

    The Closter Nature Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A peaceful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey we are dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment through exploration and education.


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  • Summer Program 2022 Week 2

    MORNING SESSION

    AGES: 4-6

    DATES: July 5th-8th (Tuesday-Friday)

    TIME: 9am-11am

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATES: July 5th-8th (Tuesday-Friday)

    TIME: 1pm-4pm

    SUMMER FUN !!

    The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 4 – 14. For over 50 years, campers have had an opportunity to explore the Nature Center’s 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forests in a fun and nurturing environment. Our campers hike, dig, wade in the water, and examine nature, all under the supervision of a trained naturalist and an assistant. The 2022 summer program will begin on June 27th and continue for 9 weeks ending August 25th. Camp sessions will be either morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Campers can sign up for one or more 4-day weeks. Each weekly program will offer different activities suitable to the age group, children’s interests and the weather. Campers ages 4 – 6 will meet each day for 2-hours, with weekly fees of $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Campers ages 7 – 10, and 11-14 meet for 3-hours each day, with weekly fees of $120 for members, $150 for non-members.

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  All summer program registrations will be done through Community Pass whether you are paying by check, credit card or via PayPal. 

    QUESTIONS about the program? E-mail CNCsummer@closternaturecenter.org

    As the summer progresses, classes will fill up.  Don't delay, SIGN UP TODAY! 

    The Closter Nature Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A peaceful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey we are dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment through exploration and education.


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  • Summer Program 2022 Week 1

    MORNING SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATES: June 27th-30th

    TIME: 9am-12pm

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    AGES: 11-14

    DATES: June 27th-30th

    TIME: 1pm-4pm

    SUMMER FUN !!

    The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 4 – 14. For over 50 years, campers have had an opportunity to explore the Nature Center’s 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forests in a fun and nurturing environment. Our campers hike, dig, wade in the water, and examine nature, all under the supervision of a trained naturalist and an assistant. The 2022 summer program will begin on June 27th and continue for 9 weeks ending August 25th. Camp sessions will be either morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Campers can sign up for one or more 4-day weeks. Each weekly program will offer different activities suitable to the age group, children’s interests and the weather. Campers ages 4 – 6 will meet each day for 2-hours, with weekly fees of $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Campers ages 7 – 10, and 11-14 meet for 3-hours each day, with weekly fees of $120 for members, $150 for non-members.

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  All summer program registrations will be done through Community Pass whether you are paying by check, credit card or via PayPal. 

    QUESTIONS about the program? E-mail CNCsummer@closternaturecenter.org

    As the summer progresses, classes will fill up.  Don't delay, SIGN UP TODAY! 

    The Closter Nature Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A peaceful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey we are dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment through exploration and education.


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  • Soup Supper 2022

    Soup Supper is BACK!

    One of our most popular events, the Soup Supper has brought members and friends together for more than 30 years. A great variety of homemade soups and breads is our speciality. You get a bowl and spoon to sample as many soups as you like—plus tasty breads!

    Date: Sunday May 1st

    Time: 5:00-7:00pm (Arrive by 6:30pm for best selection.)

    Price: $15 for adults, $5 for children under age of 10

     


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  • June 2022 After-School Program

    Pond Life

    Explore our Nature Center’s ponds, and learn about the creatures that live there!

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun!  Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the sessions. We will move into the cabin for severe weather.

    Masks optional when inside the nature center building.

    Tuesdays - June 7th, 14th and 21st

    PK-Kindergarten….3:45 - 5:00pm

    Wednesdays - June 8th, 15th and 22nd

    1st - 3rd Grades…. 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Thursdays - June 9th, 16th and 23rd

    4th - 6th Grades…. 3:45 - 5:00pm

    $75/ 3-week program for Members - $90/ 3 week program Non-members

     

     

     

    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 our Naturalist, Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.


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  • May 2022 After-School Programs

    “May is for Mammals”

    Roam our Nature Center looking for the mammals of Closter.

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun!  Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the sessions. We will move into the cabin for severe weather.

    Mondays - May 9th, 16th and 23rd

    1st- 3rd Grades…. 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Tuesdays - May 10th, 17th and 24th

    PK-Kindergarten…..3:45 - 5:00pm

    Wednesdays - May 11th, 18th and 25th

    1st - 3rd Grades….3:45 - 5:00pm

    Thursdays - May 12th, 19th and 26th

    4th - 6th Grades…3:45 - 5:00pm

    $75/ 3-week program for Members - $90/ 3 week program Non-members

     

     

     

    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 our Naturalist, Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.


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  • April 2022 After-School Program

    Spring has Sprung!

    Explore the magic of spring.

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun!  Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the sessions. We will move into the cabin for severe weather.

    Mondays - April 4th, 11th and 25th

    1st- 3rd Grades…..3:45 - 5:00pm

    Tuesdays - April 5th, 12th and 26th

    PK-Kindergarten….3:45 - 5:00pm

    Wednesdays - April 6th, 13th and 27th

    1st - 3rd Grades…..3:45 - 5:00pm

    Thursdays - April 7th, 14th and 28th

    4th - 6th Grades…..3:45 - 5:00pm

     

    $75/ 3-week program for Members - $90/ 3 week program Non-members

     

     

     

    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 our Naturalist, Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.


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  • Hike Into Spring 2022

    Hike Into Spring

    Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 PM

    Are you ready for an afternoon to remember?

    We will learn about the plants and animals of the Nature Center.

    Meet at the cabin, hike into the woods for about 45 minutes, and enjoy the glories of early-spring.

    Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members 


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  • Art by the Pond May 2022

    Art by the Pond

    A chance to appreciate and illustrate the natural world around us!

    *Classes will meet on the porch of the Log Cabin and will be held outdoors.*

    April: “Drawing” Thursdays, 4/14, 21, and 28th, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

    May: “Painting” Thursdays, 5/12, 19, and 26th , from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

    Led by Francesca Costa, the class may walk around the pond, taking note of animals, plants, and the various textures of the items we find. Conversation may focus on shapes, terms such as “symmetry” and “asymmetry”, and what makes a healthy pond.

    Following the walk, students may make their own art applying what was learned.

    Children grades 5-7.

    Art materials provided. Enrollment is for three one-hour classes

    Cost: $60 for members, $75 for Non-Members

    Instructor Francesca Costa works as a Historic Site Assistant at the Palisades Interstate Park and is also a member of the Closter Nature Center Board of Trustees. Francesca studied Studio Art at Gettysburg College and is excited to teach drawing in such a natural setting.

    All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    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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  • Art by the Pond April 2022

    Art by the Pond

    A chance to appreciate and illustrate the natural world around us!

    *Classes will meet on the porch of the Log Cabin and will be held outdoors.*

    April: “Drawing” Thursdays, 4/14, 21, and 28th, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

    May: “Painting” Thursdays, 5/12, 19, and 26th , from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

    Led by Francesca Costa, the class may walk around the pond, taking note of animals, plants, and the various textures of the items we find. Conversation may focus on shapes, terms such as “symmetry” and “asymmetry”, and what makes a healthy pond.

    Following the walk, students may make their own art applying what was learned.

    Children grades 5-7.

    Art materials provided. Enrollment is for three one-hour classes

    Cost: $60 for members, $75 for Non-Members

    Instructor Francesca Costa works as a Historic Site Assistant at the Palisades Interstate Park and is also a member of the Closter Nature Center Board of Trustees. Francesca studied Studio Art at Gettysburg College and is excited to teach drawing in such a natural setting.

    All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    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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