• Best of Bergen

    Below are the results for the (201) Best of Bergen 2019 results: Places To Go And Things To Do category. Best Nature Center J. A. McFaul Environmental Center 150 Crescent Ave., Wyckoff; 201-891-5571 Runners-up: • Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood • Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly • Closter Nature Center, Closter NorthJersey.com

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  • Naturalist Notes: March, 2019

    Many of the animals that we love and care for here at the Nature Center were once brought here as unwanted pets. Their stories vary considerably, but they all have a common thread – they really needed a new home. Sometimes it is a simple case of: “I never thought it would live this long […]

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  • Newsletter — March, 2019

    – Welcome Spring Hike – Sunday, March 24th at 3 PM Come one, come all! Layer up your old winter clothes, meet at the cabin, and join us for an afternoon forest adventure. With no leaves on the trees, finding wildlife becomes much easier! You never know what you may find around the next bend […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: February, 2019

    For many years now we have offered programs for kids during school vacations. These programs started due to the number of calls I would get prior to (and during) vacations asking if we have anything for kids to do while they are out of school.  We started to offer school break programs regularly and they […]

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  • Newsletter — February, 2019

    CLOSTER NATURE CENTER ADULT PROGRAM: “PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY” Wednesday, February 20th, 7 to 8:30 PM Presented by Marc Gussen Come learn the skills of the ancients. This program for adults and teens covers the history of primitive technology from the first stone tools on up. Skills covered include fire-making by friction, cordage, flint-knapping and a host of […]

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  • Newsletter — January, 2019

    FULL MOON HIKE Sunday, January 20th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Are you ready for a night to remember? Meet at the cabin for an evening hike, with the first full moon of 2019 lighting our way! We’ll hike for about ½ hour, then come to the fire ring for a cozy campfire. There will […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: January, 2019

    When winter really sets in, there is no better place than the Closter Nature Center for a quick hike. Considering the ordeal of getting dressed for the cold and snow, it gets hard in the winter to go outside for some exercise, but the benefits are tremendous. To offset our tendency to spend more time inside and less […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: December, 2018

    December is here and the days just keep getting shorter. The phenomenon of long days in the summer and shorter ones in the winter is one that we learn to live with, but it’s the real calendar for the comings, goings, and doings of Nature. While quite a few organisms base their seasonal cycles of […]

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  • Newsletter — December, 2018

    END OF YEAR GIVING Closter Nature Center educational programs, held in Northern Valley classrooms, after school at the Nature Center, and during the summer session, reach over 6,000 children each year. Our goal is to disconnect children from digital devices and reconnect them with Nature! However, Closter Nature Center needs your support to extend our […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: November, 2018

         The first time I started a fire with two sticks and a small pile of tinder it changed my life. My interest in the skills of our ancestors started when I was a small boy. I had learned that there were people who lived in the forest, speared fish, ate berries and lived […]

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  • Newsletter — November, 2018

    Hello Autumn Hike Sunday, November 4th, at 3 PM Come visit the Nature Center and join us for a hike along our trails. Enjoy our woods as colors peak in mid – Autumn!  Meet at the cabin by Ruckman Pond… November After-School Classes Survival Skills  This month we will try our hand at some primitive […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: October, 2018

    Every season has its own special basket of gifts from nature, but in my mind fall takes the cake. With the coming of cool nights and ample rain, the fungi of the forest start to fruit and make their reproductive structures: Mushrooms! October is typically the highlight of the mushroom hunter’s year, as conditions can […]

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