• Audubon Christmas Bird Count at the CNC

    Calling all citizen scientists!!

    Bergen County Christmas Bird Count 
    Saturday, December 18th, 2021

    Time: 9AM - 1PM

    Event is free and open to the public. Registration not necessary.

    Once again, the Closter Nature Center is going to participate in Bergen County Audubon's Annual Christmas Bird Count!  We need spotters with binoculars who can at least distinguish a cardinal from a crow, a chickadee from a blue jay. Birders-in-training are welcome, but also hoping that several more experienced birders will enjoy the opportunity to count birds!

    Come to the Log Cabin by the Pond to learn the counting system, then, spread out in small groups to an area of the Nature Center and record as best you can what you see.  If you can't name the bird, note its appearance. 

    Download a birding app and / or look through books that will be available to help you confirm a best guess. Stay for an hour or more, as you are able.  Less sturdy hikers are welcome to monitor our busy feeders near the cabin and walk the level ground near the ponds. 

    No matter the weather, the event will take place, so be sure to dress warmly, especially your feet!   The cabin will be open throughout the morning. Please wear masks inside the cabin.   

    Volunteers also needed to help with set-up, clean-up and organize refreshments. Please email admin@closternaturecenter.org or call Naturalist Marc Gussen at 201-750-2778.

    What to bring: binoculars, warm clothes and a good attitude !

    Note: There will be some binoculars to borrow and a few experienced bird watchers for guidance. 


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  • December Nature Fun for Little Ones (CANCELLED!)

    Mrs. Wonderwhy's NATURE FUN FRIDAYS

    December theme is "Birds Who Stay" 
     
    Join Mrs. Wonderwhy in magical December when we'll learn about some of our local feathered friends who do not migrate but adapt, and stay in our area all winter long! We'll meet my friendly great-horned owl puppet "Whoozy" who will introduce other wintertime wild bird friends to the children. Together, we'll make a life-sized giant eagle's nest using twigs and sticks from the Nature Center Woods and create easy bird feeders to hang in their own backyards. Everything "wild birds" including songs, eggs, nests, and feathers will be explored through games, crafts, and movement! One hour classes are indoors and outdoors, so please remember masks and dress children for the weather.
    Enrollment is for two one-hour classes:

    Preschoolers (ages 2 - 4) Fridays, December 3rd and 10th 11:00 AM - 12 PM

    Cost is $40 for Members, $50 for Non-Members

    *Classes are held outdoors.*

    Please understand that this is not a drop-off program, and adult caregivers will be asked to join in on the fun while helping Mrs. Wonderwhy (aka long-time preschool instructor Maria Costa) keep children safe. All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • Holiday Break Science Program

    December Vacation Nature Program

    Need something fun and educational for the kids to do during the holiday break? We’ll have four days of nature exploration and discovery here at the Closter Nature Center! It is imperative that kids dress appropriately for the weather, as we plan to be outside as much as possible. Masks will be required when inside the nature center building

    1st-7th grades: $100/week for members, $120/week for non-members 

    Kindergarten: $80/week for members, $100/week for non-members. 

    Monday December 27th - Thursday December 30th

    9:00 am - 10:30 am 1st - 3rd grade

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm 4th - 7th grade

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Kindergarten

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 1st - 3rd grade

    Please sign up online with Community Pass.

    Membership can also be purchased at Community Pass, an online registration portal. For more information about membership levels, go to www.closternaturecenter.org/membership.

    Any questions? Call Naturalist Marc at (201)750-2778 

     

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  • December After-School Classes

    After-School Program

    December After School Program

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun!  Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the sessions. We will move into the cabin for severe weather. Masks will be required when inside the nature center building

    $75/ 3 week program for Members - $90/ 3 week program Non-members

    Mondays - Dec 6th, 13th and 20th 1st- 3rd Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Tuesdays - Dec 7th, 14th and 21st Kindergarten 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Wednesdays - Dec 8th, 15th and 22nd 1st - 3rd 3:45 - 5:00pm

    Thursdays - Dec 9th, 16th and 23rd 4th - 6th Gr. 3:45 - 5:00pm

     

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call our Naturalist, Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.


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  • November Nature Fun for Little Ones

    Mrs. Wonderwhy's Nature Fun for Little Ones

    First Families and the Forest"  In November, Mrs. Wonderwhy will introduce Preschoolers and their caregivers to the fascinating culture of the Leni Lenape Native Americans from long ago. Who were the Leni Lenape and where are they now? How did they live and what did they wear? What kind of houses did they live in? What did they eat and how did the children help gather food? We'll answer these questions and  "track" animals, set-up camp, and play Leni Lenape children's games together! 

    Enrollment is for two one-hour classes:

    Preschoolers (ages 2 - 4) Fridays, November 12th and 19th 11:00 AM - 12 PM

    Cost is $40 for Members, $50 for Non-Members

    *Classes are held outdoors.*

    Please understand that this is not a drop-off program, and adult caregivers will be asked to join in on the fun while helping Mrs. Wonderwhy (aka long-time preschool instructor Maria Costa) keep children safe. All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • Teachers’ Convention Break Science Program

    Vacation Nature Program

    Need something fun and educational for the kids to do during the teachers’ convention break? We’ll have two days of nature exploration and discovery here at the Closter Nature Center!

    It is imperative that kids dress appropriately for the weather, as we plan to be outside for the full program. In case of inclement weather we may need to use the nature center building and masks will be required.

    Thursday November 4th and Friday November 5th

         1st-7th grades: $25/day for members, $30/day for non-members

         Kindergarten: $20/day for members, $25/day for non-members.

         9:00 am - 10:30 am 1st - 3rd grade

         11:00 am - 12:30 pm 4th - 7th grade

         1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Kindergarten

         3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 1st - 3rd grade

    Please sign up online with Community Pass.

    Membership can also be purchased at Community Pass, an online registration portal. For more information about membership levels, go to www.closternaturecenter.org/membership.

    Any questions? Call Naturalist Marc at (201)750-2778 

     

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  • Adult Hikes 2

    A Walk in the Woods

    Come join Naturalist Marc Gussen at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor exercise and interesting forest facts! 

    Monday, November 8th 9:30 -11:00

    Tuesday, November 16th 9:30 - 11:00

    $10/hike for Members - $15/hike for Non-members

    *Classes will meet on the porch of the Log Cabin and will be held outdoors.*

    All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • Adult Hikes

    A Walk in the Woods

    Come join Naturalist Marc Gussen at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor exercise and interesting forest facts! 

    Monday, November 8th 9:30 -11:00

    Tuesday, November 16th 9:30 - 11:00

    $10/hike for Members - $15/hike for Non-members

    *Classes will meet on the porch of the Log Cabin and will be held outdoors.*

    All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • November After-School Classes

    After-School Program

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun! 

    We will be adhering to CDC guidelines. Mandatory mask wearing indoors.

    Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the sessions. 

    We will move into the cabin for severe weather.

    $50/session for Members - $60/session for Non-members

    All classes are 3:45pm-5:00pm

    Mondays 1st-3rd Grades 8th and 15th 

    Tuesdays Kindergarten  9th and 16th

    Wednesdays 1st-3rd Grades 10th and 17th  

    Thursdays 4th-6th Grades  11th and 18th

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call our Naturalist, Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.


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  • Nature Fun for Little Ones

    October Nature Fun for Little Ones

    Mrs. Wonderwhy's Nature Fun for Little Ones

    AUTUMN MAGIC IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

    Experiencing the miracle of the season through leaf collecting, creating colorful art and taking lots of crunchy nature walks!

    Enrollment is for three one-hour classes:

    Toddlers (ages 2 & 3) Fridays, October 8th, 15th and 22nd 11:00 AM - 12 PM
    Preschoolers (ages 3 & 4) Fridays, October 8th, 15th and 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Cost is $60 for Members, $75 for Non-Members

    *Classes are held outdoors.*

    Please understand that this is not a drop-off program, and adult caregivers will be asked to join in on the fun while helping Mrs. Wonderwhy (aka long-time preschool instructor Maria Costa) keep children safe. All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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  • October 2021 After-School Classes

    After-School Program

    Come join Nature Marc at the Closter Nature Center for some outdoor science fun! 

    We will be adhering to CDC guidelines. Masks required. 

    Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the sessions. 

    We will move into the cabin for severe weather.

    $100/session for Members - $120/session for Non-members

    All classes are 3:45pm-5:00pm

    Mondays 1st-3rd Grades 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th 

    Tuesdays Kindergarten  5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

    Wednesdays 1st-3rd Grades  6th, 13th, 20th and 27th  

    Thursdays 4th-6th Grades  7th, 14th, 21st and 28th

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions please call our Naturalist, Marc Gussen at (201) 750-2778.


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  • Nature Fun for Little Ones

    Mrs. Wonderwhy's Nature Fun for Little Ones

    "SWISHY FISH, BUZZY BUGS, TWEETY BIRDS and TREES to HUG!"

    Introduction to the wild animals and plants and trees of the Closter Nature Center including outdoor exploration, games and crafts.

    Enrollment is for two one-hour classes:

    Toddlers (ages 2 & 3) Fridays, September 17th and 24th 11:00 AM - 12 PM
    Preschoolers (ages 3 & 4) Fridays, September 17th and 24th 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Cost is $40 for Members, $50 for Non-Members

    *Classes are held outdoors.*

    Please understand that this is not a drop-off program, and adult caregivers will be asked to join in on the fun while helping Mrs. Wonderwhy (aka long-time preschool instructor Maria Costa) keep children safe. All participants must abide by changing Covid-19 CDC guidelines.

     

    Registration

    To register please go to: https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.

    If you have any questions, please email admin@closternaturecenter.org. 

     


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