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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, September 17, 2016
    • Saturday, December 17, 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 September 17, 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, December 05, 2016
    • Monday, December 19, 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • TNC Visitor Center

    Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.


    December 5 & 19: Bats vs Bears
    A focus on the study of hibernation.

    1st and 3rd Monday


    To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

    Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


    For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.

        • Saturday, December 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, December 10, 2016
        • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
        • TNC Pavilion
        • 21
        Winter is a time of year to be cozy and crafty. Adults and families with children 5 and up will join a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator to design winter decorations using natural materials. The program begins in the Visitor Center where participants will design winter decorations and seasonal ornaments. 

        Afterwards the group will adjourn to the pavilion for s'mores and hot cocoa in front of a cozy fire.


        Meet in the Visitor Center. 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 required. 

        • Sunday, December 11, 2016
        • 6:30 PM - 8:30 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, December 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, owls or a hawk. 


        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

        • Monday, December 26, 2016
        • 9:00 AM
        • Friday, December 30, 2016
        • 3:30 PM
        • TNC Visitor Center
        • 9

        When school is out, 1st-5th grade kids can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment. 

        Winter-themed activities may include searching for animal tracks, eating s’mores around the campfire and more. Sign up early. Don't let your child miss out on fun, hands-on nature experiences, outdoor discovery, and the chance to explore our native hardwood forest and pond ecosystems.

        5 full days $325
        Daily $70


        Full day is 9:00-3:30 pm

        Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A participant daily checklist can be found on our vacation day camp web page. Rain or shine. Children may attend individual days or half days.

        1. Please log into our NEW online health system:CAMPDOCS.
          This is where you will tell us about your camper, fill out health information, emergency contacts, other important safety data, and submit the following required files:
          • The Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record from your child’s health care provider.
            1. Including an Immunization History:
              Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds.
          • A copy of your insurance card.
          • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
        2. Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.
        3. Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee.

        Space is limited and pre-registration required. Current family membership ($60) is required for TNC camps. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.

        • Monday, December 26, 2016
        • 9:00 AM
        • Friday, December 30, 2016
        • 3:30 PM
        • TNC Visitor Center
        • 7

        When school is out, Pre-K & K kids can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment.

        Winter-themed activities include searching for animal tracks, eating s’mores around the campfire and more. Sign up early. Don't let your child miss out on fun, hands-on nature experiences, outdoor discovery, and the chance to explore our native hardwood forest and pond ecosystems.

        5 full days $325
        5 half days $170
        Daily $70
        Each half day $40

        Full day is 9:00-3:30 pm
        Half days are 9:00-12:30pm or 12:00-3:30pm

        Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A participant daily checklist can be found on our vacation day camp web page. Rain or shine. Children may attend individual days or half days.

        1. Please log into our NEW online health system:CAMPDOCS.
          This is where you will tell us about your camper, fill out health information, emergency contacts, other important safety data, and submit the following required files:
          • The Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record from your child’s health care provider.
            1. Including an Immunization History:
              Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds.
          • A copy of your insurance card.
          • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
        2. Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.
        3. Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee.

        Space is limited and pre-registration required. Current family membership ($60) is required for TNC camps. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.

        • Sunday, January 08, 2017
        • 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.

        • Monday, January 09, 2017
        • Monday, January 23, 2017
        • 2 sessions
        • TNC Visitor Center

        Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.


        January 9 & 23: Wild Winter Survival
        A focus on the study of animal behavioral and physical adaptations.

        2nd and 4th Monday


        To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

        Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


        For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.

            • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
            • 10:00 AM
            • Wednesday, March 01, 2017
            • 10:45 AM
            • TNC Visitor Center
            • 10
            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: 
            What is Winter
            Maple Trees and Friends
            Sleep, Stay, Runaway
            Fantastic Frogs
            Snakes Aren't Slimy
            Hooting for Owls
            Mammalrama
            Animal Home

            Please note this option is to sign up for the full eight weeks!
             
            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. 
            • Saturday, January 14, 2017
            • 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, January 14, 2017
            • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
            • TNC Visitor Center
            • 30

            New Jersey is teeming with night life, and owls are some of the state’s star creatures of the night. 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.



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

            • Saturday, January 21, 2017
            • 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, owls or a hawk. 


            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

            • Saturday, January 28, 2017
            • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
            • TNC Visitor Center
            • 15

            Hey Kids 4 and up! Leave the parents at home this evening and visit Tenafly Nature Center! Children will have a meal and participate in fun activities with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator while parents enjoy some time to relax or have an evening out. Activities each evening will include crafts, a night hike, trail games, animal encounters and a campfire with s'mores.


            Drop-off program. Layers and winter gear recommended (snow pants, boots, gloves, etc.). In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. We'll provide a pizza dinner or a hot dog cookout. Children should bring a refillable water bottle. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

            Our mandatory TNC Health Packet is due by Friday, January 20; a participant daily checklist can be found on our vacation day camp web page.

             

            Members $40/Non-members $60 



            • Sunday, January 29, 2017
            • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
            • TNC Visitor Center
            • 30
            Cold winter weather finds many animals curled up in their dens to stay warm for the winter. Bears, groundhogs, chipmunks and raccoons sleep away the cold weather! Find out which animals are true hibernators and which are merely dormant for the winter. Meet a TNC Animal Ambassador that might hibernate. Adults and families with children 3 and up can join a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator to experience a winter walk to see which animals are about.


            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. Children under 2 free.


            • Sunday, February 05, 2017
            • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
            • TNC Visitor Center
            • 60
            Registration is closed

            Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome. 

            Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.


            Sign up for a Guided Nature Walk after program after the 2:00 session!


            • Sunday, February 05, 2017
            • 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, February 11, 2017
            • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
            • Tenafly Nature Center
            • 30
            Adults and families with children 4 and up join a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator to meet live animals to learn about their sweethearts, make animal valentines and decorate a cookie during the fun Valentine's Day program.

            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.

            Sign up for the Seasonal Scavenger Hunt at 2pm!


            • Saturday, February 11, 2017
            • 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, February 11, 2017
            • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
            • TNC Visitor Center
            • 30

            New Jersey is teeming with night life, and owls are some of the state’s star creatures of the night. 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.



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

            • Monday, February 13, 2017
            • Monday, February 27, 2017
            • 2 sessions
            • TNC Visitor Center

            Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.


            February 13 & 27: Rappin with Raptors
            A focus on the study of owls, hawks and other birds of prey.

            2nd and 4th Monday


            To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

            Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


            For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.

                • Saturday, February 18, 2017
                • 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, owls or a hawk. 


                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

                • Saturday, February 25, 2017
                • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
                • TNC Visitor Center
                • 15

                Hey Kids 4 and up! Leave the parents at home this evening and visit Tenafly Nature Center! Children will have a meal and participate in fun activities with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator while parents enjoy some time to relax or have an evening out. Activities each evening will include crafts, a night hike, trail games, animal encounters and a campfire with s'mores.


                Drop-off program. Layers and winter gear recommended (snow pants, boots, gloves, etc.). In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. We'll provide a pizza dinner or a hot dog cookout. Children should bring a refillable water bottle. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

                Our mandatory TNC Health Packet is due by Friday, February 17; a participant daily checklist can be found on our vacation day camp web page.

                 

                Members $40/Non-members $60 



                • Monday, March 13, 2017
                • Monday, March 27, 2017
                • 2 sessions
                • TNC Visitor Center

                Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.


                March 13 & 27: Sap to Syrup
                A focus on the study of a tree's life and maple sugaring.

                2nd and 4th Monday


                To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

                Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


                For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.

                    • Monday, April 10, 2017
                    • Monday, April 24, 2017
                    • 2 sessions
                    • TNC Visitor Center

                    Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.


                    April 10 & 24: Spring to Life!
                    A focus on the study of a tree's life and maple sugaring.

                    2nd and 4th Monday


                    To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

                    Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


                    For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.

                        • Monday, May 08, 2017
                        • Monday, May 22, 2017
                        • 2 sessions
                        • TNC Visitor Center

                        Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.


                        May 8 & 22: April Showers to May Flowers
                        A focus on the study of growing seasons and flowers.

                        2nd and 4th Monday


                        To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

                        Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


                        For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.

                            • Monday, June 05, 2017
                            • Monday, June 19, 2017
                            • 2 sessions
                            • TNC Visitor Center

                            Tenafly Nature Center's professional Enviornmental Educators will introduce home schoolers, ages 4-10 years old, to ecological and biological principles that will help them appreciate and understand the natural world. Students will learn about different facets of scientific and ecological study. Hands-on and outdoor exploration will enhance the learning experience.

                            June 5 & 19: Metamorphosis Mania
                            A focus on the study of the life cycle of amphibians and insects.



                            1st and 3rd Monday


                            To register for a single event, please call 201-568-6093. 

                            Individual session: Members $20/Non-members $30


                            For a complete description of the topics for this series, please visit our Home School Programs.