Newsletter — June, 2019


Pond Celebration!
Sunday, June 2nd, 1 to 4 PM
At the cabin by Ruckman Pond

Come join us for day of fun honoring the Nature Center’s Ruckman Pond! A place so special deserves a day of its own!
Activities include:
* Canoe rides
* Tie-dyed t-shirt making
* Arts and crafts
* Science exhibits
* Webbed foot obstacle course
* Pond animal exploration
* Turtle exhibit
* Live music
* Games for kids
* Fishing 101

Bring your family and friends, grandparents, aunts, cousins and uncles!

Admission is FREE!

Forest Stewardship
Deer Exclusion Fence Update:

With the Borough's support, plans for the installation of fencing for three 10-acre or less deer exclusion sites are moving forward.  The installation will likely take place sometime after mid-June.  Hopefully the swampy ground will dry up a bit by then!  If you have already indicated some interest in volunteering time to this project, you'll receive a more specific email after June 12th.  If you'd like to consider volunteering to assist the installation process, (if you're available as it happens), email Mary Mayer at ( .

CNC 2019 Summer Program
Registration Has Begun!

Our 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forest are waiting to be explored by young people in small groups led by a trained naturalist with an assistant. Children will hike, dig, wade in the water, examine nature, discuss the environment and above all, have fun!! For over 45 years, our goal has been to help every child become active and at ease outdoors, to see him/herself as a part of nature and to appreciate the natural world as a source of learning and adventure.

The program runs:
* Monday - Thursday for 9 weeks, beginning June 24th
* Monday – Wednesday during the week of July 1st

Each day includes two sessions as noted below:
* 2-hour programs for children ages 4 – 6
* 3-hour programs for children ages 7 - 10 and 11 - 14
* Both morning and afternoon classes are offered each week.

Cost for the 2-hour programs are:
$80 for members; $100 for non-members)
Cost for the 3-hour programs are:
$100 for members; $120 for non-members

For more information visit our website:

To register please go to:
Click Here to Register (

2019 Closter Nature Center Summer Volunteer Program

The Closter Nature Center is currently looking for summer volunteers for the Summer Program. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and entering 9th grade. Volunteers must commit to helping out 4 days a week for a minimum of two weeks between June 24th and August 22nd.
This year the summer program begins on June 24th and runs through August 22nd, 2019. The program runs Monday - Thursday from 8:45 am - 4:15pm. The week of July 1st the program runs Monday – Wednesday (no program on July 4th).

In order to be considered for the program, please complete an application that includes a Parental Consent Form, an essay and recommendation. You must submit your application by April 1st via email to ( . Please be mindful that there will be a selection process, as we cannot accept every student who applies to the program.

Applications are now available on our website:, or you can request one by emailing ( .


Deer Exclusion Fencing Moving Forward

Volunteer Opportunities!

WHITE TIES STILL VERY MUCH NEEDED.  We need close to 450 ties (approximately 3 foot x 4 inches of light colored sheeting).  These will be tied at intervals to help the deer be aware of the black vinyl fencing as it goes up.  Scout project?   Please leave bags of ties (bundles of about 20), or sheets that we can tear ourselves, on the porch of the Nature Center cabin.  Shaggy is fine....THANK YOU!

VOLUNTEERSfor staging materials and on-going fence work:  Our list is growing, but we could always use more help.  Please email Mary Mayer at, or even better, go to, pull down the "Get Involved" tap and click on "Volunteer",  where you can fill out the form and indicate the many ways you might like to get involved.    Thank you!


6/2 - Pond Celebration, 1 pm - 4 pm
6/24 - Summer Program Begins!
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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