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The Butterfly House is open Wednesday through Sunday 11am-4pm weather permitting. For inclement weather please call ahead. The Butterfly House is closed Monday & Tuesday and will remain closed after October 1st.

Volunteer Opportunities

Becoming a Volunteer…

As a Tenafly Nature Center volunteer, you become part of the solution, helping to protect our clean air, clean water, and preserve wildlife and the community. You can help us keep our mission of environmental education and land stewardship alive. In turn, you will work with our staff, gain valuable knowledge, partake in unique experiences and deepen your environmental awareness.

Who should apply?

  • Adults, teens (14+), and groups
  • Those who can make a time commitment 
  • Independent people and team players

Want to help, but you’re under 14 years old? You can! You need to have a parent or adult work with you. Follow the procedures below for filling an application and make sure your adult fills one out too.

Tip- We encourage teen applicants to call and fill out applications themselves. This way they can learn about the nature center on their own and we can learn about them too.

I am interested in volunteering at TNC. What do I do?

  • Complete the Volunteer Interest Form Online and hit submit or 
  • Print and complete the 5 page volunteer interest form (PDF format)
    • Mail, fax, or e-mail the interest form to:
      313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly NJ 07670.
  • Wait for our e-mails (please note that it may take two to four weeks for us to receive and review your application).
  • Once reviewed we will add you to our volunteer e-mail database and send you opportunities as they arise. When specific openings are available, we will call to discuss matching your special skills and talents with our needs.
  • Thank you for your interest.  

Note - Volunteer opportunities are limited. Availability is determined by the seasons, weather, skills offered and supervision/leadership available. Volunteers that are able to come weekly are extremely valuable to us. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Tenafly Nature Center has been selected and approved as an official Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award.

The President's Volunteer Service Award is a national award created from the White House. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard, measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

TNC is one of thousands of organizations that deliver the President’s Volunteer Service Award and honor volunteers. As a certified organization for the award, Tenafly Nature Center is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the Award.

TNC volunteers are now eligible for this award and can be approved for it via TNC as their Certifying Organization. Volunteers can begin their pursuit of the award by tracking their volunteer hours online. The hours do not have to be only for volunteer work in support of TNC; they can be for a wide range of projects and service. However, it is important that TNC volunteers use Tenafly Nature Center's Record of Service Key, YER-8122, when identifying their Certifying Organization.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is within your reach, even if you have never volunteered before. There are many ways to contribute, and every volunteer hour makes a difference. TNC encourages everyone to get involved and to bring along your family, friends and neighbors. Together, we can strengthen our community, one hour at a time.

To be eligible to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award, TNC must confirm applicants’ service hours. There are three levels of the award varying by hours of service completed within a 12-month period:

 Hours by Award Bronze Silver Gold
 Kids (aged 5-10) 26-49 50-74 75+
 Teens (aged 11-15) 50-74 75-99 100+
 Young Adults (aged 16-25) 100-174 175-249 250+
 Adults (aged 26+) 100-249 250-499 500+
 Families & Groups* 200-499 500-999 1000+

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime

*Two or more people, with each individual contributing at least 25 hours toward the total

Click here (and use YER-8122 as your Record of Service Key) to get started.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: TO USE THE ABOVE CODE, CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT AT THE AWARDS SITE, CLICK "YOUR HOME" OR "PROFILE" AND ADD THE NUMBER AS YOUR 'RECORD OF SERVICE KEY.')