Newsletter — February, 2019

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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 other lost arts. Light refreshments will be served.

The program is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted!


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 5th, 12th and 26th

1st and 2nd Grades   Feb 6th, 13th and 27th

3rd - 6th Grades   Feb 7th, 14th and 28th

Members $40, Non-members $50

To register online please go to: 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


February Break Program
Tuesday February 19th - Friday February 22nd

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 it 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 but 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: Full Session: $60 members, $ 80. non-members

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

To register online please go to: and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system


One day with a room filled with 2nd graders, I was talking about how animals don't just talk with sounds, but that many animals can communicate with their bodies.
I asked them what a dog "says" when it wags its tail? 

A boy responded with "Ruff! Ruff!"


The 3rd Annual CNC Photography Contest & Exhibition will be held at the Closter Library during the month of April 2019. 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 Friday, March 29th. For additional information or questions, contact Susan McTigue at or 201-767-0955.


Volunteer Opportunities at the Closter Nature Center:

Forest Stewardship (Volunteer)

Trail Maintainer(s) (Volunteer)

For more information please go to and look under the "Get Involved" section. A great chance to get out and about in Nature!

CNC Month By Month:

February:  2/20 - Primitive Technology Presentation, Part 1 - 7 PM

March: 3/24 - Welcome Spring Hike – 3 PM

March: Photography Exhibition Entries Due 

April: Photography Exhibition!

April: Sunday, 4/7 - Soup Supper from 5-7 PM

April: 4/29 - Annual Meeting – 7 PM

June:  6/2, from 11-2 PM - Pond Celebration


Closter Nature Center is gradually moving our administrative functions over to Community Pass. This digital support option allows our members to conveniently sign up for classes and renew their annual Closter Nature Center memberships. Community Pass renewal reminders will now be sent out on the anniversary date of your membership sign up. This transition is a significant change for the Nature Center and we hope it will enable us to better meet the needs of all our member families.

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