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Over 60 Years of Community Service 

Our Partners

The wonderful support Tenafly Nature Center receives from corporations, foundations, organizations, groups and individuals makes it possible to continue our mission. Whether they are underwriting a capital project, sponsoring an event, or spending time volunteering at the nature center, the generosity of our partners is greatly appreciated. Their support helps us to ensure that the Tenafly Nature Center is a vital resource for our community and beyond. Helping us to provide natural educational experiences for this and future generations.

If your organization, corporation, or foundation has and interest in finding meaningful ways to give back and engage with your employees to make a difference in the local community, consider a partnership with Tenafly Nature Center.

To discuss opportunities for your group to participate in community awareness, media recognition, employee volunteerism and meeting corporate objectives, while supporting TNC's mission of preservation and education, please email Debora Davidson, Executive Director.

Tenafly Nature Center is fortunate to have the following support of the following donors through grants and in kind donations:

Current Supporters

Thank you to our partners who are helping to protect and preserve the open space here in Tenafly, NJ. Please visit their websites by clicking the business logos below and thank them for their partnership with TNC by supporting them.

The Borough of Tenafly's annual support spans back to 1960s when the TNC was formed at the recommendation of the Borough of Tenafly’s Mayor and Council. $35,000 was awarded for general operating support.

The Community Chest supports local nonprofit organizations in the Englewood area. Each year they raise funds and allocate them to agencies that have demonstrated the capacity to provide services to local citizens in the Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, and Tenafly area. $4,000 was awarded for general operating support. The money was used to maintain the overall excellence of TNC’s education programs, the stewardship of its land and its accessibility to a diverse public.

In 2021 Tenafly Nature Center received a $1,000 SUEZ North America Foundation- Environmental Grant for environmental education, programs and projects this year. This grant helped remove financial barriers allowing more of our local community to participate in our Environmental Education programs.

Zing is a mobile, boutique coffee shop that launched in Bergen County in October 2021. We park our mobile coffee shop in different places around Tenafly and other neighboring towns and offer a full-service coffee shop experience with espresso drinks, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and fresh pastries from Patisserie Florentine. Download the "Zing Cafe" app to take advantage of special offers!

The Kaplen Foundation gives primarily to hospitals and health associations and cultural organizations, including the performing arts. The Kaplen Foundation gifted $1000 for general operating support.

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation makes grants to pre-selected organizations working in early childhood, aging in place, and medical research. They also fund institutions with historic ties to the Taub family. $5,000 was awarded for consultants to assist us in determining the best practices for the stewardship of the nearly 400 acres we have been entrusted with by the Borough of Tenafly. The result will be both a Forest Stewardship/Management Plan and a Trail Master Plan (with NY/NJ Trail Conference).

Nature Program Cooperative

The Nature Program Cooperative brings together the knowledge and resources of nature centers, parks, and environmental educators in northeastern New Jersey. Working together with shared programming throughout the year, we are able to offer greater opportunities to explore and enjoy our region’s natural side.

Past Supporters

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions is non-profit organization that helps New Jersey environmental commissions, individuals, local and state agencies preserve natural resources and promote sustainable communities. $1,500 was awarded to perform a GPS inventory and assessment of TNC’s trail system, which includes over 7 miles of trails in nearly 400 acres of woodland. The associated classes trained volunteers in GPS Inventory and assessment of trails.

Thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Bristol Meyer Squibb Foundation Tenafly Nature Center (TNC) is teaming up with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO) to install remote sensing dendrometers on selected trees on the property. The dendrometers monitor changes in the diameters of the tree trunk. A weather station will also be installed to measure air temperature, total rain, soil moisture and atmospheric vapor pressure. These real-time measurements are collected and displayed on the tree growth graphing tool, making it possible to "watch trees grow" and relate the changes to the ambient and antecedent environmental conditions. So just like Fitbit tracks people’s physical activity by counting steps this new system will Fitbit the forest!

The project will introduce baseline facts about regional ecosystems and modern ecosystem monitoring technologies, allow students and teachers to participate in essential research related to the evolution of ecosystems in an increasingly urbanized region, and engage in the intersection between scientific understanding of a complex natural system and the development of policies and actions. An ultimate research goal is the development of a long-term regional ecosystem monitoring strategy that could ultimately measure the effects of urbanization and climate change while providing the evidence base underlying jurisdictional decisions concerning land use and open-space preservation.

Computuners graciously donated two refurbished Apple iPad Air 2s. TNC uses the ipads for checking in visitors for programs, taking payments, donations, as well as keeping track of animal care activities.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency that works with landowners to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources. $2,029 was awarded for a Forest Management Plan. This grant paid for a Technical Service Provider to write a plan to manage nonindustrial private forest lands for conservation, economic, and recreational purposes. The provider will inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber and appraise the timber's condition. They will determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, improve water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations.

Since the beginning of David Zuidema Inc. in 1919, the Zuidema septic and cesspool pumping company has been family owned and operated, totaling in four generations of highly qualified, experienced personnel. Zuidema has worked with us to maintain our composting restroom gratis.

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