Newsletter — February, 2018




Watch out!!!  Mount Closter is about to erupt again! 
This month's after school science program will focus on everyone's favorite natural disaster – Volcanoes!
We will try to get outside each day, so please dress for the weather.
Kids will make model volcanoes and we will erupt our giant volcano simulator, Mt. Closter.

PK-K    Feb 6th, 13th and 27th

1st and 2nd Grade   Feb 7th, 14th and 28th

3rd - 6th Grade   Feb 8th, 15th and March 1st

Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

To register online please go to REGISTER.CAPTUREPOINT.COM/CLOSTER and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system. 

If you would prefer to register in person, please call Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.

MEET THE ANIMALS of the Closter Nature Center

Sunday, February 11th at 2 PM

Come visit the cabin by the pond and meet the animals of the CNC! Our collection of education animals delights children who come for our after-school programs and summer camp, and now it’s time for everyone to get to meet them!

The program is free, but donations will gladly be accepted.

Celebrate Valentine's Day! 

Take your sweetheart for a walk on the RED trail this month.


Winter Break Program
Tuesday February 20th - Friday February 23rd 

Looking for something for the kids to do during the winter break?
Here is the answer - Bring them to the Nature Center!
Our Break programs have been such a success, we are going to do them again.
The topics will depend on the weather, 

but they will definitely be fun and educational.

To help make these programs fit your schedule, the classes will run for 4 days and kids can sign up for 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of the days.
We will try to spend time outside each day, so please dress for the weather.

1st and 2nd grade: 9:00 - 11:30am
3rd thru 6th grade: 1:00 - 3:30pm

To register call Marc at (201) 750-2778

Cost: $80 full session for Members... $100 full session for NON-members

         $25 per day for members, $30 per day for non-members

 Feel free to sign up online with CommunityPass, if you are signing up for the whole week. 

For Daily Classes, please call Marc at (201) 750-2778 to sign up, then pay $25 by check or in cash on the day of the program. 


The 2nd Annual CNC Photography Contest & Exhibition will be held at the Closter Library during the month of April, 2018. The contest is open to children and adults alike! All photos must be taken at the Nature Center during any season of the year (past and present).  The exhibition will be held at the Closter Public Library, 280 High Street.

The following rules apply:

All photos, either color or black-and-white, must not exceed 16" x 20" including a frame.  Up to two photos may be entered, with selections made based on judges' choices and space availability.  Each photo must have the artist's name, address, e-mail, phone and age (for children) affixed to the back of each entry.  1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded determined by a judges' panel.  Recipients can select their prize of a Closter Nature Center sweatshirt, hat or t-shirt.

All participants will pay a $10. entry fee (for up to two photos), as a tax-deductible contribution to the Nature Center.  

All entries must be received at the Library by Wednesday, March 28th. For additional information or questions, contact Susan McTigue at or 201-767-0955.

Forest Stewardship and Ash Tree ID Workshops

On Saturday, January 13th, 21 adult volunteers participated in our first Ash Tree Identification Workshop.  Anticipating the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer, a small insect that will likely destroy 90% of our ash trees in the next 3 to 8 years, we are working to identify which areas of our forest will be most affected.  After an indoor learning session, volunteers spread out along the White and Red Trails, recording the presence and general health of each ash tree they encountered.  The location of each tree was recorded by GPS on a computer map - and marked in the field with 2 small pink dots, so the same tree would not be counted again.  Using the GPS data, we can return to each individual tree and monitor its health.  This way we can anticipate the location of major changes in our forest canopy, perhaps plant replacement trees ahead, and identify which dying trees might pose a risk to frequently used trails.   A second workshop was held on January 20th to continue with this forest survey. Size and health data has now been collected for more than 80 ash trees along the White Trail. 



February 11th at 2 PM “Meet the Animals of the CNC”

February 20-23—Winter Break Classes, *Tuesday-Friday*

March “Last Chance Winter Hike” March 18th at 2 PM

Native Plant Society of NJ...Date and time TBA

Photo Contest: Entries Due on March 28th

April 9th – 12th Spring Break Classes

April 15, Soup Supper 5-7 PM

April 22, Earth Day

Photo Contest and Exhibit!

May – Annual Meeting 

June 3rd - Pond Celebration (June 10th rain date)

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