Best of New Jersey

The greatest thing about every single North Jersey town, part 1

Closter Nature Center Pond Celebration

Closter: Closter Nature Center

A nature center in the state’s most populous and maybe most traffic-congested county? No joke. There are plentiful woods, parks and open space throughout Bergen. The Closter Nature Center is one of the most beautiful, featuring 136 acres of wetlands, ponds, streams and trails. In 1961, the mayor and council, “concerned that unwise development might erode the quality of life in the borough,” formed a committee to establish a nature center, the website said. There are three miles of walking trails, a summer camp program for kids 4 to 14, and regularly scheduled bird walks and other activities. Judging by the photo, looks like the fishing’s good, too.

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