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Seasonal Programs

Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC! 
  • For assistance with registration and information on our policies, please visit our Registration and Policies page.
  •  This symbol indicates that the program is held on surfaces that are accessible for people with mobility challenges.
  • TNC staff can adapt most programs for people of many different abilities. To request assistance of any type, please let us know a week in advance so we can ensure each person enjoys nature to its fullest.
  • We present these programs for families and adults. If you are part of a group of 10 or more participants and are
    interested in public program topics below, please contact our Education Director to organize a program for your group.
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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, June 18, 2016
    • Thursday, September 15, 2016
    • TNC Trails
    Calling all nature-loving readers! StoryWalk® is an interactive outdoor exhibit that turns reading into an adventure along the trails without electronic devices. Hikers can read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods. Designed for beginning readers, the stories will appeal to all ages. Tenafly Nature Center will post a new story, page by page, along a trail each season. Free!




    To preview the story, register for the Nature Story Time program at 11:45 am on June 18, which will introduce the new StoryWalk®

    The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
    • Monday, June 27, 2016
    • Friday, September 02, 2016
    • 7 sessions
    • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion
    • 18
    Seven week-long Pre-K/K (4-5 yrs.) day camp sessions available. Each week runs from, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily (with AM (9:00 am-12:30 pm) or PM (12:00-3:30 pm) half day options available).




    1. Closed: Exploration Expedition: June 27-July 1
    2. Closed: Mammalrama: July 5-8
    3. Canceled: Plentiful Plants: July 11-15
    4. Canceled: Homes and Habitats: July 18-22
    5. The Feisty Forest: July 25-29
    6. Wet and Wild: August 1-5
    7. Watch Out, Weather!: August 29-September 2
      See descriptions below


      • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
      • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different activities.
      • Pre-K (4-5 year olds) & Kindergarten may attend half-day sessions. These run from 9:00 am-12:30 pm or 12:00-3:30 pm.
      • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
      • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.
      Extended Care may be provided before and after camp for an additional fee. This is not an extended camp experience. During this time campers participate in supervised, self-directed, indoor activities.
      • Pre-Care: 8:00-9:00 am, $60 per camper per week.
      • Post-Care: 3:30-5:00 pm, $75 per camper per week.
      • If registering for both Pre- and Post-Care, fee is discounted to $125 per week.

      To Register:

      1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. 
      2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card.

      3. Provide page 6 of the Summer Nature Day Camp Registration & Mandatory Health Packet (Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record) to child’s health care provider.

      4. Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp (mail, drop-off, fax or scan and e-mail) will result in forfeiture of registration fee.

        New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year; please provide written documentation if your child is not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.
      For more information on our summer camp programs, please visit our Registration & Policies page.

      Exploration Expedition: June 27-July 1
      Is your child a natural born scientist? Adventure seeker? Out of the box thinker? If so, sign your child up for exploration central where we will begin examining the mysteries of life. How do small seeds become tall trees? Why do flowers smell? Why do animals camouflage? Explorers will head out into the forest to find answers to these perplexing questions!

      Mammalrama: July 5-8
      Being hairy is not so scary! Campers will discover what it means to be a mammal, and learn to identify what their characteristics are (including ourselves). We will also explore the diversity of different mammal types through animal visits. Come trek our woods in search of our furry friends and any evidence they leave behind.

      Plentiful Plants: July 11-15
      Plants are just about everywhere; rain forests, grasslands, and even the desert! They belong to an amazing kingdom! Campers will develop an appreciation for all life stages of plants, from seeds to trees. By learning to identify plants common to New Jersey as well as plants that we use in our lives, campers will appreciate the persistence of plants.

      Homes and Habitats: July 18-22
      Humans have homes, animals have habitats! Campers will investigate the various habitats of animals found at the TNC, from frog to fish to fox. Each day is an experience and a discovery as they are introduced to insects, mammals, amphibians and reptiles native to our woods. Stories, puppet shows, games, arts & crafts and guided hikes will round out our week.

      The Feisty Forest: July 25-29
      Forests may not have fangs, but some of the critters in forests do! Forests are home to amazing animals and plants. Enjoy the forest and frolic under the trees as we learn about our furry and feathery friends and our scaly and slimy pals!

      Wet and Wild: August 1-5
      It may be calm on the surface, but the fun is beneath!
      Campers will investigate all the life that lurks beneath the surface of the pond with a variety of tools. From frogs to fish to invertebrates, we’ll explore the watery depths of Pfister’s Pond.

      Watch Out, Weather!: August 29-September 2
      Thunder, lightning and hail, oh my! When skies grow dark and ominous, we watch in fear and awe to see what is unleashed. Campers will spend time with their eyes on the sky as we explore what makes rain different from snow and hurricanes different from tornadoes. This will be the only week we hope for rain!

      • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
      • 10:00 AM
      • Wednesday, August 17, 2016
      • 10:45 AM
      • TNC Visitor Center
      • 6
      Young children, 1 ½ to 3 years old, with an adult will explore the natural world through a series of topics lead by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, songs and journeys outside. Eight week series on Wednesdays.


      Topics include: 

      Tadpoles and Toads
      Wonderful Waters
      Nature's Neighborhoods
      Exploring Earthworms
      Birds of a Feather
      Batty for Bats

       
      No strollers or unregistered siblings, please. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Fees are per adults/child pair. Additional family members pay half of the fee. 

      Members: Series-$42; Daily-$10

      Non-members: Series-$60; Daily-$15



      • Monday, July 25, 2016
      • Friday, August 26, 2016
      • 5 sessions
      • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion
      • 10

      Five week-long 1st-3rd day camp sessions available. Each week runs from, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.

      1. Powerful Plants: July 25-29

      2. Natural Art: August 1-5
      3. Olympics: August 8-12 (FULL)
      4. Earth Movers and Shakers: August 15-19 (FULL)
      5. Watershed Address: August 22-26

        See descriptions below


        • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
        • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different activities.
        • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
        • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.
        Extended Care may be provided before and after camp for an additional fee. This is not an extended camp experience. During this time campers participate in supervised, self-directed, indoor activities.
        • Pre-Care: 8:00-9:00 am, $60 per camper per week.
        • Post-Care: 3:30-5:00 pm, $75 per camper per week.
        • If registering for both Pre- and Post-Care, fee is discounted to $125 per week.

        To Register:

        1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. 
        2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card.

        3. Provide page 6 of the Summer Nature Day Camp Registration & Mandatory Health Packet (Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record) to child’s health care provider.

        4. Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp (mail, drop-off, fax or scan and e-mail) will result in forfeiture of registration fee.

          New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year; please provide written documentation if your child is not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.
        For more information on our summer camp programs, please visit our Registration & Policies page.

        Powerful Plants: July 25-29
        From breaking through rocks to curing diseases, plants are pretty powerful. Come spend the week at camp learning how important plants are! Campers will learn about the plants growing in the forest as well as the plants within our garden of the TNC.

        Natural Art: August 1-5
        Everyone can be an artist! We will examine how ancient cultures expressed themselves and compare our views with these cultures. Campers will create wonderful works of art using natural and recycled items and explore many types of environmental art. Using nature and our surroundings as a source of inspiration will encourage campers to feel a deeper connection to our natural world.

        Olympics: August 8-12
        The Summer Olympics have arrived at the TNC! Campers will exercise their bodies as well as their minds while participating in group challenges. Campers will learn how to work as a team and make connections to the natural world by learning about creatures that have special abilities to survive through cooperation.

        Earth Movers and Shakers: August 15-19
        Come explore the foundations of your world. Campers will investigate aspects of astronomy and geology and investigate questions such as “Why are there eclipses?” and “Why are there earthquakes?” Our ancestors considered these occurrences supernatural rather than natural! Come learn about the natural laws that govern our world.

        Watershed Address: August 22-26
        Almost as important as knowing your home address is
        knowing your watershed address. When water goes down the drain, do you know where it goes? Campers will investigate the water cycle and our role in it as we tap the cycle to make use of water for our own needs! Campers will also have an opportunity to explore a pond ecosystem.

        • Sunday, August 07, 2016
        • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • TNC Visitor Center
        • 29

        Enjoy the season with a guided walk along one of TNC’s trails with an Environmental Educator. Whether a first time visitor or a regular on the trails, participants will enjoy different sensory experiences in the forest each month. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

        In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Children under 2 are free. No strollers please.


        1st Sunday of the month.

        • Sunday, August 07, 2016
        • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • TNC Visitor Center
        • 30
        International Owl Awareness Day is on the 4th of August. Let's spread our wings and give a hoot to owls everywhere! Join a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a short introduction to these raptors and a visit from a live owl. Afterwards, the group will venture outside in search of nocturnal feathered friends. Program is intended for adults and families with children 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



        Online Registration is no longer available. Space is still available, but limited. Please arrive early, approximately 10-15 minutes, as space is available on a first come basis.


        In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
        • Monday, August 08, 2016
        • Friday, August 26, 2016
        • 2 sessions
        • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion
        • 15
        Registration is closed

        Two week-long 4th-5th grade day camp sessions available. Each week runs from, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.

        1. Olympics: August 8-12

        2. Wonderful Water: August 22-26

          See descriptions below


          • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
          • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different activities.
          • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
          • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.
          Extended Care may be provided before and after camp for an additional fee. This is not an extended camp experience. During this time campers participate in supervised, self-directed, indoor activities.
          • Pre-Care: 8:00-9:00 am, $60 per camper per week.
          • Post-Care: 3:30-5:00 pm, $75 per camper per week.
          • If registering for both Pre- and Post-Care, fee is discounted to $125 per week.

          To Register:

          1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. 
          2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card.

          3. Provide page 6 of the Summer Nature Day Camp Registration & Mandatory Health Packet (Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record) to child’s health care provider.

          4. Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp (mail, drop-off, fax or scan and e-mail) will result in forfeiture of registration fee.

            New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year; please provide written documentation if your child is not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.
          For more information on our summer camp programs, please visit our Registration & Policies page.

          Olympics: August 8-12
          The Summer Olympics have arrived at the TNC! Campers will exercise their bodies as well and their minds while participating in group challenges. Campers will learn how to work as a team, and connect this to the natural world by learning about creatures that have special abilities and work together!

          Wonderful Water: August 22-26
          Have you thanked your sink today? How about your shower? Every me you turn on the water, it rushes out. But where does it come from and what would we do without it? What would the animals do? We’ll explore the issue of water as it relates to humans, plants and animals.

          • Saturday, August 13, 2016
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center
          Families will receive a set of clues to help solve nature riddles along TNC's trails. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete the hunt and receive a small prize. Program is intended for adults and families with children 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.




          Please arrive between 2 and 3 pm.

          In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

          2nd Saturday of the month.







          • Sunday, August 14, 2016
          • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
          • TNC Campfire Ring
          • 30
          Celebrate International S'mores Day by roasting marshmallows around the campfire! Eat traditional s'mores or create your own with a variety of candies and cookies. Participate in fun campfire stories and songs. Program is intended for families with children 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 


          Online Registration is no longer available. Space is still available, but limited. Please arrive early, approximately 10-15 minutes, as space is available on a first come basis.

          In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

          • Sunday, August 14, 2016
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • TNC Campfire Ring
          • 30
          Celebrate International S'mores Day by roasting marshmallows around the campfire! Eat traditional s'mores or create your own with a variety of candies and cookies. Participate in fun campfire stories and songs. Program is intended for families with children 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 


          Online Registration is no longer available. Space is still available, but limited. Please arrive early, approximately 10-15 minutes, as space is available on a first come basis.
           

          In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
          • Monday, August 15, 2016
          • 9:00 AM
          • Friday, August 19, 2016
          • 3:30 PM
          • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion
          • 14
          This week-long 6th-8th day camp session runs from August 15-19, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.

          How long can a person live without a cell phone? A TV? A computer? Could you survive in the woods with just your skills and what you carry? Would you know what to do if you got lost in the woods? Campers develop wilderness skills as they figure out how to properly start a campfire, read trails, construct a survival shelter, identify edibles, and employ map and compass skills.

          • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
          • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different activities.
          • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
          • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

          Extended Care may be provided before and after camp for an additional fee. This is not an extended camp experience. During this time campers participate in supervised, self-directed, indoor activities.

          • Pre-Care: 8:00-9:00 am, $60 per camper per week.
          • Post-Care: 3:30-5:00 pm, $75 per camper per week.
          • If registering for both Pre- and Post-Care, fee is discounted to $125 per week.

          To Register:

          1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. 
          2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card.

          3. Provide page 6 of the Summer Nature Day Camp Registration & Mandatory Health Packet (Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record) to child’s health care provider.

          4. Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp (mail, drop-off, fax or scan and e-mail) will result in forfeiture of registration fee.

            New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year; please provide written documentation if your child is not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.

          For more information on our summer camp programs, please visit our Registration & Policies page.
          • Saturday, August 20, 2016
          • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center

          Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors. Learn about the animal and how they came to Tenafly Nature Center. A new story and animal are featured each month. Animals may include snakes, frogs, turtles, or owls. 



          Meet on the Visitor Center porch. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may attend for free.

          3rd Saturday of the month

          • Sunday, August 21, 2016
          • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
          • Tenafly Nature Center
          • 30
          Adults and families with children 5+ can learn how bats use echolocation to play a vital ecological role. Understand more about the only flying mammal in New Jersey through a presentation by a TNC Environmental Educator. Then walk along one of our trails using a sonar detector to search for signs of bat life. 

          Please call the Tenafly Nature Center to register.

          Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
          • Sunday, August 21, 2016
          • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center

          Experience a guided 2-hour walk (1½ miles) along the trails by the light of the full moon. Participants will stop for a rest at the crossroads of the Purple and Allison Trail. This tranquil, meditative hike encourages reflection and connection with nature, allowing hikers to experience the trails after dark. Recommended for adults.





          Pre-registration required. Please bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather the program will be postponed to the following month.

          • Sunday, September 04, 2016
          • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center
          • 30

          Enjoy the season with a guided walk along one of TNC’s trails with an Environmental Educator. Whether a first time visitor or a regular on the trails, participants will enjoy different sensory experiences in the forest each month. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

          In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Children under 2 are free. No strollers please.


          1st Sunday of the month.

          • Saturday, September 10, 2016
          • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center
          Families will receive a set of clues to help solve nature riddles along TNC's trails. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete the hunt and receive a small prize. Program is intended for adults and families with children 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.




          Please arrive between 2 and 3 pm.

          In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

          2nd Saturday of the month.







          • Saturday, September 17, 2016
          • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
          • TNC Visitors Center
          • 30

          Join a TNC Environmental Educator for a morning bird walk to look for migrating waterfowl, raptors, and other seasonal birds at Pfister's Pond and along the trails. Program is intended for adults and children 10 and up. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.




          Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from Tenafly Natue Center. In case of inclement weather, the p
          rogram will be cancelled. Pre-registration is required. 


          • Saturday, September 17, 2016
          • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center

          Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors. Learn about the animal and how they came to Tenafly Nature Center. A new story and animal are featured each month. Animals may include snakes, frogs, turtles, or owls. 



          Meet on the Visitor Center porch. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may attend for free.

          3rd Saturday of the month


          • Sunday, September 18, 2016
          • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center

          Experience a guided 2-hour walk (1½ miles) along the trails by the light of the full moon. Participants will stop for a rest at the crossroads of the Purple and Allison Trail. This tranquil, meditative hike encourages reflection and connection with nature, allowing hikers to experience the trails after dark. Recommended for adults.




          Pre-registration required. Please bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather the program will be postponed to the following month.

          • Saturday, September 24, 2016
          • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
          • TNC Campfire Ring
          • 30

          Gather ‘round the campfire to explore seasonal changes, listen to stores, and roast marshmallows for s'mores. A Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator will lead participants on a short walk along the trails in the forest without flashlights to develop night vision, play games, and listen for animals. Program is intended for adults and families with children 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 




          In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


          • Sunday, October 02, 2016
          • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • TNC Visitor Center
          • 30

          Enjoy the season with a guided walk along one of TNC’s trails with an Environmental Educator. Whether a first time visitor or a regular on the trails, participants will enjoy different sensory experiences in the forest each month. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

          In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Children under 2 are free. No strollers please.


          1st Sunday of the month.