Newsletter — March, 2019

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- Welcome Spring Hike –

Sunday, March 24th at 3 PM

Come one, come all! Layer up your old winter clothes, meet at the cabin, and join us for an afternoon forest adventure. With no leaves on the trees, finding wildlife becomes much easier! You never know what you may find around the next bend in the trail...


Pets, Pets and More Pets!

This month we will focus on which animals make good pets and why.
Kids will learn about responsibility and the work required to take care of animals.
Dress for the weather.

     PreK - K   Tuesdays - 12th 19th and 26th
     1st and 2nd  Wednesdays - 13th  20th and 27th
     3rd thru 5th  Thursdays - 14th  21st and 28th

Cost - $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

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

Cute Kid’s Quote:

I was with a room full of first graders talking about how animals communicate and I asked them what a dog is saying when it wags its tail.

A smiling boy raised his hand and said "Ruff Ruff”


March is the month for submitting your Nature Center photos to be included in our 3rd Annual CNC Photography Contest & Exhibition, which 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


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!

March is Membership Renewal Time:

Watch your “snail mail” for our annual renewal envelope. The money raised when you join or renew your membership in the Closter Nature Center helps to support our many educational programs, as well as everything from worms for our teaching animals to keeping the lights on in our cabin! 

What exactly is the Closter Nature Center? 

It is 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows and forests in the heart of Closter. It is a series of community happenings: group walks in the woods, evening family programs, and year-round classes for young people. It is individuals hiking, fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, and exploring the natural world. Perhaps most importantly, the Closter Nature Center is an idea in the minds of the people of the community about the kind of place in which they want to live. Tell a friend!

CNC Month By Month:

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

March: Photography Exhibition Entries Due Friday, 3/29

April: Photography Exhibition!

April: Saturday, 4/6 Spring Clean-up 10am 

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

April: 4/27 Earth Fair 

4/29 - Annual Meeting – 7 PM

June:  6/2, from 1-4 PM - Pond Celebration

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