• May After-School Classes 1st & 2nd Gr.

    Frogs, Toads, and Newts!

    Amphibians of the Nature Center.

    Kids will explore the amazing world of amphibians!

    Pre k-K.....Tuesdays - 14th, 21st and 28th

    1st and 2nd.........Wednesdays - 15th, 22nd and 29th

    3rd through 6th...........Thursdays - 16th, 23rd and 30th

    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

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

    To register online please go to:

    https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, 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.


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  • May After-School Classes Pre-K to K

    Frogs, Toads, and Newts!

    Amphibians of the Nature Center.

    Kids will explore the amazing world of amphibians!

    Pre k-K.....Tuesdays - 14th, 21st and 28th

    1st and 2nd.........Wednesdays - 15th, 22nd and 29th

    3rd through 6th...........Thursdays - 16th, 23rd and 30th

    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

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

    To register online please go to:

    https://register.communitypass.net/Closter, 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.


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  • Hackensack Riverkeeper Program

    High Tor Mountain to Newark Bay

    RIVERKEEPER PROGRAM AT THE NATURE CENTER

     Monday, April 29that 7 PM

    Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director at Hackensack Riverkeeper since 2001, will present "From High Tor Mountain to Newark Bay: the Hackensack River and its Waterkeeper".Featuring photos taken from the river’s headwaters to Ports Newark and Elizabeth, the presentation will cover the blended natural and cultural histories of our watershed region. Special emphasis will be given to our organizations’ shared mission of protecting, preserving and restoring the unique wildlife habitats we are privileged to oversee.

    Hugh Carola, Program Director

    Captain Hugh Carola graduated Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA in Political Science in 1980. During the late 80s he took up birding and developed an avocation as an environmental advocate that included ten years’ service as president of the Ramsey, NJ-based Fyke Nature Association (1993 – 2002). In 1998 he co-founded the Bergen Open Space Coalition, which established the Bergen County Open Space, Recreation, Historic and Farmland Preservation Trust.

    Hugh’s avocation led to a career change in January 1999 when he left retail management to volunteer full-time at Hackensack Riverkeeper. In July 1999 Capt. Bill Sheehan selected him to serve as Coordinator of the Hackensack Meadowlands Preservation Alliance. Under his leadership, that ad hoc group grew tenfold from twelve to one hundred twenty member groups by January 2001 when its work was deemed complete.

    That same month he joined the staff of Hackensack Riverkeeper as Program Director. In June 2002 he earned his 25-Ton Master’s License from the U.S. Coast Guard. Each year he conducts upwards of 150 Eco-Cruises aboard the 30-foot research vessel Robert H. Boyle II and oversees environmental programs that engage over 10,000 people each year. Hugh is also Riverkeeper’s wordsmith, writing or editing the majority of the organization’s official correspondence. Additionally, he leads the Hackensack RiverCreepers in the World Series of Birding and administers the Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship.

    Hugh represents Hackensack Riverkeeper as a member of four regional groups: the Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains, the NYC-based Waterfront Alliance; the Bergen-based Nature Program Cooperative, and the Harbor Herons & Colonial Waterbirds Working Group – part of the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program.

    New Jersey’s environmental community also benefits from Hugh’s volunteerism.

    He’s Fyke’s Land Trust Director; an active member of the Hudson River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited; and a Trustee of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE). Hugh served two terms as ANJEE president (2012-13 and 2014-15) and received the group’s Outstanding Environmental Educator award in 2005.

    Hugh’s wife Dorothy teaches high school in Newark, NJ. They have been married since 1984 and live in Maywood, NJ. They have two grown, married children: Daniel and Andrew. The empty-nesters spend their summer vacations each year birding, hiking, boating and enjoying nature & history in New England and Canada.


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  • Spring Break Program

    Staycation at the Nature Center!

    Monday, April 15th – Thursday, April 18th 

    Looking for something for the kids to do during the spring break?
    Here is the answer - Bring them to the Nature Center!
    Our Break programs have been such a success, we are going to do them again.
    The topics will depend on the weather, and they will definitely be fun and educational.

    To help make these programs fit your schedule, the classes will run for 4 days and 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

    Cost:  $80.00 /  4-day week for Members; $100 / 4-day week for NON-Members

                    $25.00 / day for Members; $30 / day for NON-Members

    TO REGISTER ONLINE for the full session, please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  

    For Daily Classes, option to call Marc at (201) 750-2778 to sign up, then pay $25 or $30 per day by check or in cash on the day of the program.


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  • Annual Town Wide Cleanup

    Clean-up, clean up…

    The Closter Environmental Commission is conducting its Annual Spring Cleanup Drive on Saturday, April 6th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

    Starting at 10:00 a.m., meet at the historic Lustron House (421 Durie Avenue) or the Closter Nature Center (154 Ruckman Road). Refreshments and supplies will be provided – all you need to bring is yourself! Students, don’t forget to count these hours toward community service.As the weather warms, take this opportunity to spend a beautiful day outside helping your neighbors keep Closter the clean, green borough we all enjoy. Families are encouraged to participate; children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The members of the Environment Commission look forward to seeing you there! 

    Event details are at the Borough website: www.closternj.us.


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  • Annual Soup Supper

    Tasty Fundraiser !!

    Annual Soup Supper

    Date: Sunday April 7th 

    Time: 5:00-7:00pm

    One of our most popular events, the Soup Supper has brought members and friends together for more than 30 years. A great variety of homemade soups and breads is our speciality. You get a bowl and spoon to sample as many soups as you like—plus tasty breads! Arrive by 6:30pm for best selection.

     

     


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  • April After-School Classes Pre-K-K

    “Spring Has Sprung”

    Spring is here, and there is a lot going on in the forest and the pond. Animals are waking up, migrants are returning, buds are opening and the weather is getting more beautiful every day. Let’s go check it out!
    We will try to spend as much time as possible outside, so please dress for the weather.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   2nd - 9th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  3rd- 10th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  4th - 11th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below 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 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • April After-School Classes 3rd-6th Gr.

    “Spring Has Sprung”

    Spring is here, and there is a lot going on in the forest and the pond. Animals are waking up, migrants are returning, buds are opening and the weather is getting more beautiful every day. Let’s go check it out!
    We will try to spend as much time as possible outside, so please dress for the weather.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   2nd - 9th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  3rd- 10th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  4th - 11th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below 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 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • April After-School Classes 1st-2nd Gr.

    “Spring Has Sprung”

    Spring is here, and there is a lot going on in the forest and the pond. Animals are waking up, migrants are returning, buds are opening and the weather is getting more beautiful every day. Let’s go check it out!
    We will try to spend as much time as possible outside, so please dress for the weather.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   2nd - 9th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  3rd- 10th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  4th - 11th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below 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 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • April After-School Classes Pre-K-K

    “Spring Has Sprung”

    Spring is here, and there is a lot going on in the forest and the pond. Animals are waking up, migrants are returning, buds are opening and the weather is getting more beautiful every day. Let’s go check it out!
    We will try to spend as much time as possible outside, so please dress for the weather.

    PreK and K   Tuesdays   2nd - 9th - 23rd 
    1st and 2nd  Wednesdays  3rd- 10th - 24th
    3rd thru 6th  Thursdays  4th - 11th - 25th 

    Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
    Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    To register online please click the blue button below 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 and follow directions on form below. 


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  • Summer Program 2019 Week 9

    MORNING SESSION

    AGES: 11-14

    DATE: August 19th - 22nd

    TIME: 9am-12PM

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATE: August 19th - 22nd

    TIME: 1pm-4pm

    SUMMER FUN !!

    The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 4 – 14. For over 45 years, campers have had an opportunity to explore the Nature Center’s 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forests in a fun and nurturing environment. Our campers hike, dig, wade in the water, and examine nature, all under the supervision of a trained naturalist and an assistant. The 2019 summer program will begin on June 24th and continue for 9, possibly 10 weeks ending either August 22nd or 29th. Camp sessions will be either morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Campers can sign up for one or more 4-day weeks. Each weekly program will offer different activities suitable to the age group, children’s interests and the weather. Campers ages 4 – 6 will meet each day for 2-hours, with weekly fees of $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Campers ages 7 – 11, and 12-14 meet for 3-hours each day, with weekly fees of $100 for members, $120 for non-members.

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  All summer program registrations will be done through Community Pass whether you are paying by check, credit card or via PayPal. 

    QUESTIONS about the program? E-mail CNCsummer@closternaturecenter.org

    As the summer progresses, classes will fill up.  Don't delay, SIGN UP TODAY! 

    The Closter Nature Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A peaceful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey we are dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment through exploration and education.


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  • Summer Program 2019 Week 8

    MORNING SESSION

    AGES: 11-14

    DATE: August 12th - 15th

    TIME: 9am-12PM

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    AGES: 7-10

    DATE: August 12th - 15th

    TIME: 1pm-4pm

    SUMMER FUN !!

    The Closter Nature Center is proud to offer its annual summer camp program to children ages 4 – 14. For over 45 years, campers have had an opportunity to explore the Nature Center’s 136 acres of ponds, streams, meadows and forests in a fun and nurturing environment. Our campers hike, dig, wade in the water, and examine nature, all under the supervision of a trained naturalist and an assistant. The 2019 summer program will begin on June 24th and continue for 9, possibly 10 weeks ending either August 22nd or 29th. Camp sessions will be either morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Campers can sign up for one or more 4-day weeks. Each weekly program will offer different activities suitable to the age group, children’s interests and the weather. Campers ages 4 – 6 will meet each day for 2-hours, with weekly fees of $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Campers ages 7 – 11, and 12-14 meet for 3-hours each day, with weekly fees of $100 for members, $120 for non-members.

    To register online please click the blue button below and you will be taken to Community Pass, our online registration and payment system.  All summer program registrations will be done through Community Pass whether you are paying by check, credit card or via PayPal. 

    QUESTIONS about the program? E-mail CNCsummer@closternaturecenter.org

    As the summer progresses, classes will fill up.  Don't delay, SIGN UP TODAY! 

    The Closter Nature Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A peaceful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey we are dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment through exploration and education.


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