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Home School Programs

Tenafly Nature Center is excited to provide homeschooling parents three different opportunities for their students to learn with us here at TNC.

Homeschool Trifecta

Looking for extra enrichment opportunities?

Join educators from Tenafly Nature Center, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, and Flat Rock Brook as we introduce the principles of Environmental Resource Stewardship! Each week, in this 3 week series, students will have the chance to explore a new habitat as we take a deep dive into our Earth’s most precious and often polluted resources: Soil, Water and Air. This program aims to cultivate environmental stewardship practices through engaging and educational enrichment activities. Students will strengthen their knowledge and appreciation for the environment while exploring unique outdoor ecosystems in small socially distanced groups.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. COVID-19 precautions are in effect. Reserve your space today!

Students should wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and masks. Please no hand-held devices. The program will take place outdoors (rain or shine). In the event of inclement weather, the program may be cancelled or rescheduled.

  • For families with children 5-12 years old.
  • 100% outdoors.
  • This program is run as a series.
  • This is a drop off program.
  • Attendance is for the registered participant only.

Session 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  • September 29th (at Teaneck Creek Conservancy)
  • October 6th (at Tenafly Nature Center)
  • October 13th (at Flat Rock Brook) 

Session 2: Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • October 1st (at Teaneck Creek Conservancy)
  • October 8th (at Tenafly Nature Center)
  • October 15th (at Flat Rock Brook) 

Please note, session topics are the same, please register for ONE preferred time slot.

Trifecta Dates

  • Coming Soon

School Enrichment

Starting this fall we are offering a 100% outdoors, in-person, hands-on school enrichment program. Our engaging grade-specific curriculum enables students to develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them as they engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge. These core ideas build on each other, and on what they’re learning throughout the school year. To ensure all necessary health and safety social distancing guidelines will be followed and students are required to bring a mask to wear when asked.

Parents will need to use the grade your child is entering in September 2020 to determine the appropriate enrichment series age group for their child.

If you are a homeschooling group interested in setting up a separate series for your group, please contact our Field Trip & TNC to Go Coordinator.

**Programs are held rain, snow, or shine except in the case of inclement weather. No flip-flops, crocs or any open-toed or soft-soled shoes. In case of rain pack a raincoat or a poncho (no umbrellas please). During the winter months please dress warmly.**

School Enrichment Programs

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Experience wonders of nature and science at the Tenafly Nature Center. Students learn about the different cycles, adaptations, and processes that occur throughout our natural world as they are introduced to topics, such as food webs, habitats, and metamorphosis. Sessions may feature stories, hikes, experiments, hands-on activities, games, artifacts and LIVE animal encounters.


Delve into ecosystems and assess the diversity, and behavior of the different organisms within them. Student ecologists will explore our amazing planet in depth through investigation of artifacts, playing games and hands-on activities. Sessions may feature hikes, hands-on activities, games, experiments, artifacts and LIVE animal encounters.


Make amazing discoveries about the world we live in! Create a hypothesis, run through experiments, draw conclusions with the Scientific Method is the basis for this series, designed to give students a deeper look at basic environmental science. Sessions will feature hands-on experiments to help solidify environmental concepts; students will gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.


What can we do to help preserve it for future generations? This nine-week session will develop skills and knowledge for translating the theory and concepts of resource and environmental management into practice relevant to communities and workplaces today. Students will learn what it truly means to be a steward of the Earth by applying monitoring and environmental management tools used by resource and environmental practitioners.

Pricing

Please note that this is a series, there is no weekly option. You sign up for the complete 9 week session course with the addition of 2 rain/snow dates. There will be no refund for a missed class. In the event that TNC needs to cancel due to inclement weather we will reschedule to a set rain/snow date.

Members: $270/child
Non-members: $405/child

Program and Cancellation Policies 

Please visit our Registration and Policies page for any questions you may have regarding registration and cancellation policies.

Private Home School Groups

More than 1100 groups come to the Tenafly Nature Center each year. With their boundless curiosity, they touch, observe and listen to the natural world.

Groups and collectives of home school families are welcome to schedule private experiences and lessons with TNC! Join our professional educators as they bring classroom concepts to life and lead your group in hands-on learning and close observations in our 380-acre living museum.

  • Each program is 90-minutes long 

  • A non-refundable deposit for a program covers 10 children. Groups of fewer than 10 are welcome, but the deposit charge is required to secure a time slot.

  • Programs require one parent per home school group.
  • Additional parents are welcome to stay or drop-off; parents are always free.

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