Forest Stewardship Update
During the summer, the Forest Stewardship team has been sporadically busy in the forest, despite the very wet weather. Rutgers graduate students have completed spring and summer assessments of vegetation in their 6 study plots scattered throughout the Nature Center. Three of the six research plots will be protected within 3 separate 8-10-acre deer exclusion fences. The other 3 research plots will be left outside the fencing to allow us to compare and determine the effectiveness of deer exclusion. You may notice the abundant pink and yellow flagging through the woods. In a few months we expect vinyl fencing to be erected along these flag lines.
A presentation of the project has been made to the Mayor and Council, and we received their appreciative endorsement for our plans to protect this Borough-owned forest.
SEPTEMBER EVENTS AND CLASSES:
September After-School Programs
“Let's Take a Hike”
Come explore the trails of the Nature Center. See the sights, meet the animals and have some fun outside this September!
Please dress for the weather...
Pk-K - Tuesdays 11th - 18th - 25th
1st-2nd – Wednesdays - 12th - 19th - 26th
3rd-6th – Thursdays - 13th - 20th - 27th
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
Time: 3:45 - 5:00
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.
“Goodbye Summer” Hike
Saturday, September 22 at 11 AM
Come visit the Nature Center and join us for a hike along our trails. Enjoy our woods as Summer turns to Autumn! Meet at the cabin by Ruckman Pond...
ADULT PROGRAM: MUSHROOMS!
Thursday, September 27, at 7 PM
You will not want to miss this captivating and fascinating program: Naturalist Marc Gussen has offered it often over the years, and always has had a great response. Come learn about mushrooms, their role in the forest...and in the
SPECIAL PROGRAM: BATS, BATS, BATS!
Sunday, October 7th at 2 PM
Throughout the world, bats have been misunderstood and persecuted, causing a serious decline in the bat population. The program "BATS, BATS, BATS!" was established to bring this matter to the public's attention. Find out why bats are now being protected because of their vital role in virtually every environment on earth, and learn, for example, about their importance in insect maintenance and rainforest regeneration.
Suggested donation of $5 per person for non-members and $3 per person for members. Light refreshments will be served.
CNC Month By Month:
Saturday September 22nd, at 11 AM – “Goodbye Summer” Hike
Thursday September 27, at 7 PM - Marc’s Mushroom Presentation
Sunday, October 7th, at 2 PM – BATS, BATS, BATS!
Sunday, November 5th, at 3 PM – Winter Hike