Newsletter — January, 2019

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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 be marshmallows!

January After-School Classes

* * Winter Wonderland * *

This month we will explore the magic of winter!

**Why does it get so cold in January?

How do the animals survive?**

**What is snow? Come find out!

Dress for the weather - we will spend time outside each day.

PK- K  Tuesdays  8th   15th   22nd

1st and 2nd grade   Wednesday  9th   16th   23rd 

3rd through 6th grade  Thursdays  10th   17th   24th

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

Closter Nature Center Help Wanted!

Volunteer and Staff Opportunities at the Closter Nature Center:

Land Use Committee Chairperson (Volunteer)

Trail Maintainer(s) (Volunteer)

Part time administrative assistant (Paid)

For more information please go to and look under the "Get Involved" section.


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 curriculum to as many Northern Valley schools as possible, and to expand our program offerings at the Nature Center. Please consider an education donation to the Closter Nature Center in your year-end giving plans. You can give either by going online to, or by sending a check to Closter Nature Center, P.O. Box 80, Closter NJ, 07624. 

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax –deductible donation will help support our programming, our facility and 136-acre tract of forested woodlands. Thank-You for your support!


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.

Deer Fence Installation Update

There is a slow-down in our preparations for installing deer exclusion fencing in 3 sections of the Nature Center.  The project is on hold as we conform to Borough regulations for a revised bidding process, triggered by the cost of the bids we have received so far.  We expect the project will move forward once this procedure is accomplished.  It is possible the installation will not occur until early spring.  Meanwhile, keep those light-colored, torn sheet ties coming in...about 3"x3' long.

CNC Month By Month:

January: 1/20 - Full Moon Winter Hike 6:30 to 8:30 PM

February:  2/20 - Primitive Technology Presentation, Part 2

March: 3/25 - Welcome Spring Hike

March: TBD Tick Presentation

March: Photography Exhibition Entries Due 

April: Photography Exhibition!

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

April: 4/29 - Annual Meeting

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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