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Our Mission

Conservation * Education * Recreation 

The Closter Nature Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of 136-acres of woods, streams, wetlands and trails in downtown, Closter, New Jersey. Our Board is also dedicated to the idea that hands-on education and enjoyment of our natural world is important and necessary. 

Family Events

Our nature center is the site of ongoing educational programming designed for families to enjoy nature and the out-of-doors. Annual events include the Soup Supper and our Pond Celebration.  

After-School Classes

Our on-site naturalist teaches fun and informative programming for Pre-K all the way through high school. 

Adult Lectures

Topics range from nature photography to mushrooms found in our local areas.

Join us in our Mission

Wildlife Preservation

Maintain an area where small, local mammals, birds and plants can thrive.

Environmental Education

A place to learn about the natural world from the very youngest to the oldest local resident.


A place where children are encouraged to play and get dirty!


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Marc Gussen has been living and working at the Closter Nature Center for more than twenty years. Having taught hundreds of children and adults, he is affectionately known as "Nature Marc".


Aubrie Emmons

Program Director Aubrie Emmons joined the Closter Nature Center in early 2022. Aubrie is tasked with furthering our mission through increased educational programming and recreation opportunities for the Closter community.


Volunteers 2016-2017

  • Jason Tong
  • Sophie Clarke
  • Wally Chang
  • Zachary Weiss
  • Olivia Greco
  • Derin Ayas
  • Tanner Marshall
  • Marin Moore
  • Shauna McLean
  • Anthony Corvelli
  • Gay Mayer

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