Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our area. If you have a question, or would like to receive more information about Tenafly Nature Center, please visit our visitors center, or contact us with your question.
A. It's not a house, it's our Visitor Center! It's open weekdays 9am to 5pm and weekends 11pm to 4pm. Come by and say hello!
A. No, but please visit TNC's online shop where you can shop and support us.
A. Building hours are weekdays 9am to 5pm, weekends 11am to 4pm. The trails remain open from sunrise to sunset.
A. Tenafly Nature Center runs parallel with the Palisade Interstate Park. Using the Sweet Gum spur, carefully cross 9W to an access point for the Long Path (aqua blaze), located next to the entrance to Greenbrook Sanctuary (accessible only to Palisades Nature Association members). The Long Path's southern trail head is outside the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park. It continues along the top of the cliffs north and reaches its terminus in Altamont, NY.
A. Yes, we have tables in the pavilion that may be available depending on programming. If the pavilion is occupied, there are five circular tables by the parking lot. Tenafly Nature Center practices the principles of Leave No Trace. Trash removal is your responsibility.
A. Fires in the fire pit require a permit and a staff member present. No fires are permitted anywhere else on the property. Please email TNC staff to find out more about using our fire pit.
A. No open flames are permitted.
A. Smoking and/or the carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other combustible substance, in any manner or any form, including vapor from an electronic smoking device, is prohibited at all times.
A. No alcohol is permitted.
A. No, it is illegal to park in the cul-de-sac. If the parking lot is full, please park on Hudson Ave.
A. No. As a nature preserve, we ask that you do not disturb, feed, collect or remove wildlife. This encompasses plants, animals, and other objects (rocks, soil, leaves, acorns).
A. Pfister's Pond was created by damming off the East Brook in the early 1900's. It was most likely created as an irrigation pond.
Q. Who lives in that big mansion off of the main trail?
A. The mansion, and the property it sits on, is privately owned. Called the Laimbeer House for the former owner William Laimbeer, a commissioner of docks for NYC, the house was built in the 1860s and originally called Hilltop. It is an example of the Second Empire style of architecture. Please respect the current owners' privacy.
Q. Can I bring my dog to the Tenafly Nature Center?
As advocates for the outdoors and all living things, it should be no surprise that, as individuals, the staff and Board of TNC are big fans of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals. Many of us own dogs and cats ourselves, so we fully understand how wonderful they are!
As an organization, however, we are often charged with responsibilities -- and are legally bound to make decisions -- that must sometimes supersede our personal feelings. One example is our No Dogs Allowed Policy, which expressly prohibits any dog walking on Tenafly Nature Center property, with or without a leash.** This can pertain to some service animals*
We are aware that this policy is controversial. We sincerely value all visitors to the Tenafly Nature Center, and we feel obliged to explain our rationale, which hinges on our official mission and vision: TNC’s official mission is “the stewardship of nearly 400 wooded acres for the purposes of conservation, education and recreation”. Our vision is to promote the highest level of biodiversity possible for our natural areas.
We apologize if this policy may be perceived as unfriendly toward domestic animals and their owners, and we regret the inconvenience it may cause. However, we also hope that you – as an animal-lover in your own right – will understand and fully cooperate with this policy.
*For information regarding service animals for persons with disabilities, please contact our Executive Director at 201-568-6093.
**Tenafly General Ordinance: 5-6 Animals running at large; LEASH REQUIRED.
All dogs shall be leashed when in any place within the Borough, except when on the owner's property.
All cats shall be leashed when in the Business District, as such district is defined by the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough, or when on any property of the Board of Education or church property. When in any other place within the Borough, such cats shall not run at large, except when on the owner's property or accompanied by the owner, keeper or harborer.
Any person owning an unlicensed dog or cat is found to be running at large is subject to the issuance of a summons to appear in Municipal Court, subject to the fines and penalties.
A. No, they will not come after you. However, keep your distance and respect our wildlife.
A. There have been no reports of venomous snakes at Tenafly Nature Center.
Q. Are there ticks on the property?
A. Yes. As is the case with outdoor spaces in the Northeast United States, ticks are a part of our ecosystem. Staying on the trails minimizes exposure, but we still advise tick checks when you leave.
Q. Are there bears at the Tenafly Nature Center?
A. While bears have been sighted in past years on the property, as they migrated through, the acreage of Tenafly Nature Center cannot support resident bears, so they are not seen frequently. Read more about Black Bears in New Jersey and bear safety tips.
We do not allow feeding wildlife by the public at the TNC property. Feeding wild animals will: