TNC owns a rare taxidermy specimen of the extinct Passenger Pigeon that is housed with other birds in a glass container. It is quite old and needs an experienced taxidermist to restore it and place it in a portable display case. It will be then used to illustrate the impact of extinction in education programs.
This project is to create detailed plans for a community created Outdoor Classroom for Tenafly Nature Center. The designs will plan a designated, managed area around the pavilion where children of all ages and abilities play and learn by engaging with and manipulating diverse natural elements, materials, organisms, and habitats, through sensory, fine motor and gross motor experiences.
Backup Generator for Visitors Center / Animal Ambassadors - $10,000
Our indoor animal ambassadors depend on heat and light to survive. A storm knocking out power during the winter means staff have to come in and relocate animals to safe locations (often their homes). Severe storms could limit access by our staff to the nature center which could be dire to our animal ambassadors. A backup generation would ensure that our animals would survive a catastrophic event.
Pfister's Pond Bathymetric Survey - $7,000
This project will systematically measure the bathymetry (contour and depth) of Pfister’s Pond and create a 3D map in GIS (Geographic Information System).
Pfister's Pond Species Survey - $13,000 or $21,000*
This project will conduct an intensive survey of plants, amphibian, reptile, fish and benthic organisms (species that live in and on the bottom layers of the pond) found in the pond in summer. The survey will also identify any invasive non-native species.
*$21,000 intensive survey - $13,000 less intensive survey.
Project will include:
- A map of dominant plant species and its estimated relative abundance in the Pond.
- A list of fish, reptile, amphibian, plant, and benthic organisms found.
- A list of native fish, reptile, amphibian, plant, and benthic organisms observed.
- A list of non-native fish, reptile, amphibian, plant, and benthic organisms observed.
Main Trail Drainage and Surface Improvement - $6,700-$30,700*
According to our Trail Master Plan conducted by the NY/NJ Trail conference the Main Trail has serious structure and drainage issues which need to be addressed before they worsen. Damaged and non-functional check dams/steps and water bars, leading to poor drainage and unpleasant footing including muddy in areas and eroded trail tread, resulting in areas of exposed bedrock and small rolling rocks. This project will:
- Remove damaged and non-functional check dams/steps and water bars
- Replace woodchips with stone crush mix or non-organic surfacing to improve tread smoothness of tread surface, Create a 66” wide tread surface. Includes de-berming where necessary.
- Install drainage swales.
- Realign trail east of Pfister’s Pond to provide more sustainable grades
- Replace temporary bridging at Pfister’s Pond with retained causeway.
*There is currently a pending Recreational Trail Grant Request pending for $24,000. If this is approved in Spring of 2017 there will be an opportunity to fund the remaining $6,700.
DeFilippi Shelter Roof - $6,500
The original cedar shingle roof has deteriorated exposing the support structure below. The roof should be replaced as soon as possible. This project will:
- Remove old wooden shake shingles down to batons and cart away.
- Install 5/8 “ plyscore over batons. Install 30lb roofing felt paper over all new decking.
- Install Tamko Heritage Dimensional roof shingles.
Trail Head Donation Box Iron Ranger - $1,300
Secure Donation Box for the trail head to receive donations. The Iron Ranger is a proven design with 40+ years of development and improvements, it resists the most interested vandal.
Penny Press machine - $4,500
Visitors and school groups are always looking for an inexpensive keepsake when visiting Tenafly Nature Center. This Penny press machine will turn U.S. pennies into elongated souvenir coins. These souvenirs will commemorate visitors great experience and generate income for the TNC. Price includes all customized artwork for three images and engraving.