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Adult Field Trip Programs

Adult nature enthusiasts will find these "hands on" interactive field trip programs informative and also a chance to explore the trails and unique habitats of the nature center. Join one of our Environmental Educators to discover what our 380 acre living museum has to offer! Consider scheduling your next retreat at TNC!

Can't come to the Tenafly Nature Center? Through our TNC to Go Adult Speakers Bureau, our adult Traveling Naturalists offer a variety of presentations and programs that can be brought to your location and tailored for your particular organization.

Are you just interested in renting space at the Tenafly Nature Center? Tenafly Nature Center rents the Education Pavilion & Campfire Circle to its members for meetings, workshops, or parties.

We also offer Professional Development to educate others in methods to utilize various environmental education resources.

Adult Field Trip Pricing

   Half Day
 (1 program)
 Full Day
 (2 programs)
 Up to 20 participants  $140  $240 
 Up to 25 participants  $175  $300
 Up to 30 participants  $210  $360
  • Maximum group size is 30 people per TNC educator.
  • A maximum of 120 people can be accommodated at TNC at one time. Larger groups can be divided between morning and afternoon, or scheduled over several days.
  • In order to obtain adequate staff, advance notice of additional people is required. We reserve the right to limit the number of non-registered participants on the trail to the number originally registered on the confirmation form.
  • If your funds are limited, please consider applying for a scholarship (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).

Current Field Trip Programs (All programs are 1.5 hours):

 Sample Schedule  Half Day
 9:15 am  Groups arrive at TNC
 9:30 am-11:00 am  Program Option #1 (ex. Team-building Challenges)
 11:00 am-11:45 am  Lunch Time in reserved space
 11:45 am  Group departs TNC
 Sample Schedule  Full Day
 9:15 am  Groups arrive at TNC
 9:30 am-11:00 am  Program Option #1 (ex. Team-building Challenges)
 11:00 am-11:45 am  Lunch Time in reserved space
 11:45 am-1:15 am  Program Option #2 (ex. Outdoor Survival)
 1:15 pm  Group departs TNC

ield Trips Add-Ons

  1. Butterfly House (30 min.)
    (open Memorial Day-October)

    Come visit our new 12 x 24' butterfly house filled with native butterflies. This add-on offers visitors a total immersion experience as it introduces participants to the wonders of metamorphosis.

    Fee: $1 per person

  2. Self-guided Seasonal Walk
    (all year)

    Grab a trail map and guide your group on one of our trails.

    Fee: Free
  1. Apple Cider Making
    Investigate plant parts, their uses, and simple machines by using an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. In the process, participants learn about the history of the cider making from colonial times to the present. Only offered in September through November.

  2. Endangered NJ
    Learn about the major factors that threaten animals with endangerment and extinction worldwide. Through use of artifacts and live animals, participants will learn the status of select native New Jersey fauna. Activities are designed to raise awareness of New Jersey’s over 60 endangered species, and inspire participants to practice how they can help prevent threats to local wildlife.

  3. Heavenly Herps
    “Herps” (reptiles and amphibians) are among the most under-appreciated and misunderstood species of the Animal Kingdom. Participants are led through an introduction to live snakes, frogs, salamanders and turtles as we highlight the characteristics that distinguish their differences and similarities.

  4. Maple Sugaring
    Learn about the history of maple sugaring in North America by observing our tapped Sugar Maple trees (we encourage sap tasting, if enough has been collected). We demonstrate both Native American and colonial syrup-making techniques outdoors. We challenge participants to distinguish between corn syrup and 100% maple syrup by taste alone. Only offered in late February through early March.

  5. Map & Compass: Compass Course
    Participants learn the different parts of a compass, and how to use it to locate directions. After they learn about pacing participants will apply this knowledge outdoors on the trails on a pre-set course that runs individuals through different combinations of paces and degrees.

  6. Map & Compass: Orienteering (Map Reading)
    Participants are instructed in map reading and wayfinding techniques as they learn about orienteering, a competitive international sport that combines racing with navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly detailed map to select routes and navigate through diverse and often unfamiliar terrain. Participants will apply this knowledge outdoors on the trails as they use their map-reading skills to follow pre-set courses to find control points in sequence hidden outdoors.

  7. Outdoor Survival
    If your group was lost in the woods, would you know what to do? We will teach participants to prepare for survival outdoors, using the “rules of three”. Participants will have to cooperate and exercise group skills to construct a survival shelter.

  8. Rapp’n with Raptors
    Observe live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will display the grace and power of these predators.

  9. Seasonal Discovery (Fall/Winter/Spring)
    Students will explore the wonders each season brings to the forest. On a walk along the trails, your class will learn to observe and record temperature, weather, and wind direction. They will learn how each of these measurements, as well as plants and animals, respond to seasonal changes! Your students can bring this knowledge back to the classroom to make their own observations!

  10. Team-building Challenges
    Perfect for a corporate event or staff retreat, our team-building challenges will engage your team with different hands-on activities. These games and challenges will stimulate a part of the brain that isn’t often used at work, while getting creative juices flowing and cultivate cooperative skills. 

Accessibility at TNC

Many of the programs Tenafly Nature Center offers can be altered to accommodate participants with special needs. We ask that you disclose pertinent information with a minimum of two weeks notice about any students that have any special needs (particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties). This information enables us to make the necessary accommodations needed to meet the needs of your group.

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