Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for individual families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC!
Walk among free-flying native butterflies** and other pollinators in the Tenafly Nature Center Butterfly House & Pollinator Garden. See if a butterfly will land on your nectar stick or just watch them fly around you as they move between nectar plants. Observe butterfly chrysalis in the chrysalis box. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see a butterfly emerge!
The exhibit is located outside near our pollinator garden and visitors center. Filled with live native species of butterflies and chrysalis and offering visitors a total immersion experience for the young and old as it introduces guests to the wonders of metamorphosis.
This seasonal exhibit showcases several beautifully colored butterflies sipping nectar and taking flight, offering guests the opportunity to better understand and appreciate their life cycle and importance to the ecosystem. While you are visiting you are welcome to chat with staff or volunteers, ask questions, or simply relax and enjoy the space while butterflies flit and fly about.
Visitors are encouraged to show off pictures of their visit on social media using the #TNCButterfly or #Tenaflynaturecenter
**Butterflies are less active when temperatures are cool (below 70 F) or if it is overcast and/or raining.
Butterfly House Daily Admission
Calling all nature-loving readers! StoryWalk® is an interactive outdoor exhibit that turns reading into an adventure along the trails. Hikers can read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods.
Designed for beginning readers, the stories will appeal to all ages. Each season Tenafly Nature Center will post a new story, page by page, along one of our trails for the season season.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Jr. CIT's 8th grade students can register for our BRAND NEW Jr. CIT program! Part camper and part helper, Jr. CITs will be put with our youngest campers and assist the counselors. They will gain confidence, learn the ins and outs of working with children, and enjoy all of the same camp fun by hiking, making crafts, and meeting our animal ambassadors.
We will accept two Jr. CITs for each week of Pre-K & K camp priced at $325/ week.
This is where you will tell us about your camper, fill out health information, emergency contacts, other important safety data, and submit the following required files:The Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record from your child’s health care provider.
Including an Immunization History:
Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee. No exceptions.
Young children, 3-5 years old, with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics led by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, stories and journeys outside.
Mondays, July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, and 15 (Rain date: August 22, 29)
Fees are per parent/child pair.Additional children pay half of the fee
Adults ages 18 and up can experience a guided 1½-2 hour walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails, on a night near the occurrence of a full moon. This peaceful hike encourages reflection and connections with nature allowing hikers to experience the trails after dark.
Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy closed toed shoes. Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Social distancing in effect. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.
Families with children 4 and up will receive a printed set of clues to independently solve nature riddles along Nature Center trails. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete the hunt.
Check in 1:00-2:00 pm at the Visitors' Center to receive clues (Scavenger Hunt may be completed at any time.) Program will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a harrowing survival adventure. Guests will work in teams to face a series of STEM and survival challenges. Build, learn, and explore in your mission to survive!
This program is intended for adults and families with children ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Fees are per person.
Laugh, sing, and play with our puppet friends! Families with children ages 2-8 will enjoy this nature-themed puppet show. Learn about plants, animals, and all things outdoors. A new story is featured each month, themed around seasonal changes.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. At this time masks will only be required for any indoor portion of the program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
The Tenafly Nature Preserve is under invasion and we need help from adults, teenagers, and families! A variety of non-native plants have been encroaching into our forest causing harm to native plants and reducing our biodiversity. These various plants referred to as Invasive Species can cause myriad damage if left unchecked, from toxifying soil to shading out native plants. For the forest ecosystem to continue functioning these invaders must be removed.
Help the Tenafly Nature Center eradicate these pesky plants twice a month with the Forest Defenders! Defenders will learn to identify different invasive species and work with our land manager to implement various removal techniques.
Kids 15 & under must be accompanied by a guardian. Hours spent with the Forest Defenders are eligible for school volunteer requirements. Projects will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, the project will be postponed to the following date. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Our Blue Planet
How much water do you use in a day? How much water does a person need to survive? What do people do for water in the desert? Water is a resource we often take for granted and that every living organism needs, not just people! Campers spend the week learning why water is a valuable resource as we investigate the competing uses for water in the 21st century.
Being hairy is not so scary! Campers will discover what it means to be a mammal, and learn to identify what characteristics they all share (including people). We will also explore the diversity of different mammal types through live animal visits. Campers will trek our woods in search of our furry friends and any evidence they have left behind.
Pre-K must be a minimum of 4 year old. All children must be bathroom independent. For the safety of our staff and campers, TNC staff do not go into the bathroom with campers.
This workshop will meet the requirements for the Environmental Science Merit Badge with some prerequisites completed prior to the workshop. Learn more about protecting nature by understanding how it works. The instructor is a registered Merit Badge Counselor. This program is intended for members of the Scouts BSA
The following prerequisites (found in the Merit Badge pamphlet) must be completed prior to the workshop: 3e, 3f,4.
Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 6 scouts, Maximum: 10 scouts.
Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors. Learn about the animal and how they came to Tenafly Nature Center. A new story and animal are featured each month. Animals may include snakes, frogs, turtles, owls or a hawk.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may attend for free. Children under 2 are FREE. The program will take place indoors and outdoors. At this time, masks will only be required for any indoor portion of the program. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Plants are just about everywhere; rain forests, grasslands, and even the desert! They belong to an amazing kingdom! Campers will develop an appreciation for all life stages of plants, from seeds to trees. By learning to identify plants common to New Jersey as well as plants that we use in our lives, campers will appreciate the persistence of plants.
Ever wonder what goes on while you’re sleeping? We will take a look at animals who are awake at night. Campers will learn all about nocturnal animals and what adaptations they have for surviving in darkness and sleeping during the sunlight.
Stewards of the Earth
The Earth is not a dead thing you can claim. Should we care if the Rainforests are being cut down? Do we really need all these National Parks? Campers will learn about what the Earth has to offer for people and if we can or should try to survive without any natural necessities.
Participate in this 4.5 hour workshop and learn about wildlife communities and how they interact. Identify birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fish and plants. Learn about the close connection between the soil, plants and all animal life. Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4a, b, c, e and g will be completed.
Requirement 4a #2 must be completed prior to the workshop and detailed proof of completion brought to the workshop.
Workshop is taught by a certified Merit Badge Counselor. This program is intended for members of the Scouts BSA. This program is NOT for Cub Scouts.
Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited.
Fairies have come to Tenafly Nature Center and now you can bring the magic home. Adults and families with children ages 4 and up can join TNC Environmental Educators to explore the Fairy Trail and build fairy houses of your very own. Natural construction materials, and a recycled milk carton base to be built onto will be provided. Guests are also welcome to bring their own base for their fairy houses as well as their own natural materials for construction.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.
One of rarest abilities in the natural world is flight. Birds, insects, and bats can fly, but that’s about it! Campers will focus on animals that can take to the skies as well as how humans learned to mimic their winged friends. We will have an opportunity to meet a live feathered friend and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the animals that reach the world above.
Look to the Sky
Is it a plane? Is it a superhero? No, it’s a magnificent flying animal! From birds to butterflies, campers will soar up to the sky and learn about animals that fly. They will get a better understanding of what makes some animals able to take off and why people couldn’t fly (without the use of a machine) even if we glued feathers to our arms and head.
Meet a live animal and explore your creative and crafty side! After an up close visit with one of Tenafly Nature Center's Animal Ambassadors, we'll utilize our imaginations and create an artistic version of our new animal friend. A perfect activity for both adults and children 4 and up who looking to explore their artistic side.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will take place indoors and outdoors. At this time masks are recommended for any indoor portion of the program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.
Enjoy the season with a guided walk along one of Tenafly Nature Center's trails with an Environmental Educator. Whether a first time visitor or a regular on the trails, participants will enjoy different sensory experiences in the forest each month. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 FREE.
Tenafly Nature Center will provide the apples and the press we will need you to help provide the rest. Learn about the history of apple cultivation and cider making and experience one of the original ways of making fresh, crisp apple cider! Feel free to bring a few apples of your favorite cultivar; more apples means more cider! All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.