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Seasonal Programs

Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for individual families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC!

  • Complete payment is required to hold reservation, we reserve the right to delete incomplete registrations.
  • Program prices are per person (unless otherwise noted). 
  • A minimum registration number is required for select programs to run (programs may be cancelled if minimum is not reached).
  •  = Indicates that the program is held on accessible surfaces for people with mobility challenges. With a weeks notice TNC staff can adapt most programs for people with different abilities.
  • For assistance with registration and information on our policies please visit our Registration and Policies page.
If you are part of a group of 10 or more participantsplease visit one of our group program pages to learn more about what we can offer for your group.

Upcoming Programs & Events

    • 06/13/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 09/19/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Yellow Trail Loop

    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.


    FREE


    • 07/10/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08/28/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • TNC Outdoor Pavilion
    • 9
    Register

    Young children, 1.5-3 year olds, with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics lead by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, songs and journeys outside. Eight week series meets on Saturdays at 9:30am. Caterpillar group for 1.5-3 year olds. 

    Saturday Summer Dates:

    July 10
    July 17
    July 24
    July 31
    August 7

    August 14
    August 21
    August 28


    No strollers or unregistered siblings. Programs are held 100% outdoors. Rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Pre-registration required-no walk ups. Social distancing will be in effect and face masks are required for ages 2 and up. 10 children maximum per class. 

    Fees are per child/adult pair. 

    Eight Week Series: Members: $120; Non-Member: $180
    Daily class: Members $18; Non-Members $24
    Additional family members pay half of the fee

    • 07/10/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08/28/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • TNC Outdoor Pavilion
    • 5
    Register

    Young children, 3-5 year olds, with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics lead by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, songs and journeys outside. Eight week series meets on Saturdays at 10:30am. Butterfly group for 3-5 year olds. Face masks required. 

    Saturday Summer Dates:

    July 10
    July 17
    July 24
    July 31
    August 7

    August 14
    August 21
    August 28


    No strollers or unregistered siblings. Programs are held 100% outdoors. Rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Pre-registration required-no walk ups. Social distancing will be in effect and face masks are required for ages 2 and up. 10 children maximum per class. 

    Fees are per child/adult pair. 

    Eight Week Series: Members: $120; Non-Member: $180
    Daily class: Members $18; Non-Members $24
    Additional family members pay half of the fee

    • 07/11/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08/29/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • TNC Outdoor Pavilion
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Young children, 1.5-3 year olds, with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics lead by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, songs and journeys outside. Eight week series meets on Sundays at 9:30am. Caterpillar group for 1.5-3 year olds. 

    Sunday Summer Dates:

    July 11
    July 18
    July 25
    August 1
    August 8

    August 15
    August 22
    August 29


    No strollers or unregistered siblings. Programs are held 100% outdoors. Rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Pre-registration required-no walk ups. Social distancing will be in effect and face masks are required for ages 2 and up. 10 children maximum per class. 

    Fees are per child/adult pair. 

    Eight Week Series: Members: $120; Non-Member: $180
    Daily class: Members $18; Non-Members $24
    Additional family members pay half of the fee

    • 07/11/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08/29/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • TNC Outdoor Pavilion
    • 1
    Register

    Young children, 3-5 year olds, with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics lead by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, songs and journeys outside. Eight week series meets on Sunday's at 10:30am. Butterfly group for 3-5 year olds. Face masks required.

    Sunday Summer Dates:

    July 11
    July 18
    July 25
    August 1
    August 8

    August 15
    August 22
    August 29


    No strollers or unregistered siblings. Programs are held 100% outdoors. Rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Pre-registration required-no walk ups. Social distancing will be in effect and face masks are required for ages 2 and up. 10 children maximum per class. 

    Fees are per child/adult pair. 

    Eight Week Series: Members: $120; Non-Member: $180
    Daily class: Members $18; Non-Members $24
    Additional family members pay half of the fee

    • 08/07/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 14
    Register

    Meet one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors and learn their histories and how they came to live at TNC. Find out fun and interesting facts and stories about these animals. Program intended for families with children of all ages. 




    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. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.


    • 08/08/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    The Tenafly Nature Preserve is under invasion and we need your help! 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 a myriad of 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. 

    Forest Defenders is open to adults, teenagers & families. Kids 15 & under must be accompanied by a guardian. Hours spent with the Forest Defenders are eligible for school volunteer requirements. Please dress for the weather as the project will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the project will be postponed to the following date.

    Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    • 08/08/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    You are invited to learn about
    TNC's Pond Preservation Project

    How will it impact you our visitors?
    Why it is necessary?
    What exactly will take place?

    Over the decades, the once 3.5-acre Pfister’s pond has greatly reduced in size at an unnatural rate, resulting in an ecosystem that soon may not technically qualify as a pond.  Without intervention, the pond will disappear, biodiversity will decrease, and the remaining fragmented wetland habitat will become a prime breeding ground for mosquitos. After many years of planning, Tenafly Nature Center, in conjunction with the Mayor and Council of Tenafly, is moving forward with the preservation of Pfister’s Pond.

    You are welcome to join members of TNC's staff and board in a discussion about this necessary project that will be taking place this September 2021. Learn about the process and have all your questions answered as we "dive" into the details about this necessary project.

    Program is intended for adults ages 18 and up. Program will be held entirely outdoors in our covered pavilion. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Pre-registration is requested. 

    FREE

    • 08/09/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/13/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Deer Campsite
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Survival Camp
    What child doesn’t dream of living in the wild woods or raising a wild peregrine falcon as your sole companion while seeking out a living in the forest? Campers will learn how to build a shelter, locate food, and then find their way out when it’s time to go home as they explore survival techniques.

     

    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/09/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/13/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Coyote Campsite
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Wilderness Survival 
    What was it like to live without modern technology? Could you survive in the woods? Would you know what to do if you got lost? Campers this week will learn how to properly start a campfire, construct a survival shelter, identify edible plants, and employ wayfinding techniques. 


    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/09/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/13/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Chipmunk Campsite
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Circle of Life 
    From tadpoles to dragonflies, campers will investigate how animals go through the wonders of metamorphosis and other life cycles. Children will go on an expedition along TNC’s trails and will learn about the many animals that thrive there and their food webs.


    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required. 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. 

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Pre-K & K may choose Full days 9:00 am-3:00 pm or Half days. Half days are AM 9:00 am-12:30 pm or PM 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 21
    Register
    Families 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. Program is intended for adults and families with children 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



    Check in 1-2 pm at trail entrance to receive clues. (Scavenger Hunt may be completed at any time.)

    Program will be held entirely outdoors. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are FREE.


    In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

    2nd weekend of the month.

    • 08/16/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/20/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Chipmunk Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Senses, Colors, and Shapes 
    Be alert! Nature can exercise all of a campers senses as they experience the variety of amazing colors and shapes Mother Nature uses to craft a forest. Campers will explore the forest while utilizing several senses and expanding their perception of the amazing diversity found in our natural world.

    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required. 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. 

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Pre-K & K may choose Full days 9:00 am-3:00 pm or Half days. Half days are AM 9:00 am-12:30 pm or PM 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/16/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/20/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Coyote Campsite
    • 1
    Register

    Charged Up to Full STEAM
    Motion, sound, heat and light all use energy. Do we have an endless supply? Where does energy come from? Young scientists will use core ideas to study the conservation of energy by looking to the natural world.


    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/16/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/20/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Deer Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    STEAM it Up!
    Welcome to the TNC laboratory! This week campers will have fun with engineering as they work together to design new creations made out of recycled materials. Studying the natural world for inspiration, the sky is the limit with our future engineers.

     


    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/21/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 16
    Register

    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. Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.



    3rd Saturday of the month

    • 08/22/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    The Tenafly Nature Preserve is under invasion and we need your help! 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 a myriad of 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. 

    Forest Defenders is open to adults, teenagers & families. Kids 15 & under must be accompanied by a guardian. Hours spent with the Forest Defenders are eligible for school volunteer requirements. Please dress for the weather as the project will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the project will be postponed to the following date.

    Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    • 08/22/2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Forest Preschool Outdoor Classroom

    Want to learn more about Forest Preschool and spend some time in our Outdoor Classroom space? Families with preschool aged children can spend time in the mud kitchen creating cakes, potions, and other dirt delights. Our Forest Preschool Director will help facilitate play experiences in the space and answer questions families have about the program. Program intended for families with children ages 3.5-5 and siblings.



    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, just like Forest Preschool, this event happens rain or shine! Masks required.

    FREE



    • 08/22/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    Experience a guided 1½-2 hour walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails, on a night near the occurrence of a full moon. Participants will stop for a rest at the crossroads of the Purple and Allison Trail. This peaceful hike encourages reflection and connections with nature allowing hikers to experience the trails after dark. Program is intended for adults ages 18 and up.



    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. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time (6:45 pm).



    • 08/23/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/27/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Deer Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Future Earth 
    Jump into the time machine, we are heading into the future! Do we have flying cars yet? But more importantly, what is the state of the planet? Time traveling campers will leave with an insight on how we can make changes for a better future as they explore ideas about what could happen based on today’s information.

     

    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/23/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/27/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Coyote Campsite
    • 4
    Register

    Around the World: Human Impact 
    Most of us don't have the Midas touch, but we do have an impact on nature. Campers will learn how each of us affects the planet both on a local and global scale. Focusing on carbon footprints and sustainability, campers will learn about current ecological crisis's as they investigate solutions to these concerns. 

    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/23/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/27/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Chipmunk Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Back in Time
    Dinosaurs once roamed the earth right where our camp is! How do we know they existed? Campers will travel back in time and learn about some of the magnificent creatures that no longer exist, but might have living relatives still around today.


    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required. 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. 

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Pre-K & K may choose Full days 9:00 am-3:00 pm or Half days. Half days are AM 9:00 am-12:30 pm or PM 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/26/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Zoom
    • 15
    Register

    You are invited to learn about
    TNC's Pond Preservation Project

    How will it impact you our visitors?
    Why it is necessary?
    What exactly will take place?

    Over the decades, the once 3.5-acre Pfister’s pond has greatly reduced in size at an unnatural rate, resulting in an ecosystem that soon may not technically qualify as a pond.  Without intervention, the pond will disappear, biodiversity will decrease, and the remaining fragmented wetland habitat will become a prime breeding ground for mosquitos. After many years of planning, Tenafly Nature Center, in conjunction with the Mayor and Council of Tenafly, is moving forward with the preservation of Pfister’s Pond.

    You are welcome to join members of TNC's staff and board in a discussion about this necessary project that will be taking place this September 2021. Learn about the process and have all your questions answered as we "dive" into the details about this necessary project.

    Program is intended for adults ages 18 and up. Program will be held virtually. Pre-registration is required to access the zoom link. Registrants will have a zoom link emailed to them with their program confirmation.

    FREE

    • 08/30/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 09/03/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Chipmunk Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Oh, the Places We'll Go
    Get your passports ready and hop aboard the Nature Express! We are leaving New Jersey and heading to new lands (figuratively). There, we will discover what the climate is like, learn about the local animal species, and gain an appreciation for the people who live in these different environments.


    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required. 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. 

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Pre-K & K may choose Full days 9:00 am-3:00 pm or Half days. Half days are AM 9:00 am-12:30 pm or PM 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 08/30/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 09/03/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center Deer Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Spirit of Nature 
    Campers will “stop and smell the roses” (native wildflowers, in this case) and learn to look beyond the individual components of a forest. Rambles through the woods, pond explorations, and studies of the local species will help to bring the community into focus as campers see the natural community that has persisted locally since the last ice age.

     

    Camp is 100% outdoors and Face Masks are required.  

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: CAMPDOCS. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through CAMPDOCS 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 09/04/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 20
    Register

    Meet one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors and learn their histories and how they came to live at TNC. Find out fun and interesting facts and stories about these animals. Program intended for families with children of all ages. 




    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. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.


    • 09/05/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    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. 
    Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 are free.

    1st Sunday of the month.

    • 09/05/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 10
    Register

    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! Tenafly Nature Center will provide apples, but feel free to bring a few! 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. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


    • 09/05/2021
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    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! Tenafly Nature Center will provide apples, but feel free to bring a few! 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. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


    • 09/11/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 09/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register
    Families 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. Program is intended for adults and families with children 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



    Check in 1-2 pm at trail entrance to receive clues. (Scavenger Hunt may be completed at any time.)

    Program will be held entirely outdoors. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are FREE.


    In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

    2nd weekend of the month.

    • 09/12/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    The Tenafly Nature Preserve is under invasion and we need your help! 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 a myriad of 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. 

    Forest Defenders is open to adults, teenagers & families. Kids 15 & under must be accompanied by a guardian. Hours spent with the Forest Defenders are eligible for school volunteer requirements. Please dress for the weather as the project will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the project will be postponed to the following date.

    Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    • 09/12/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    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! Tenafly Nature Center will provide apples, but feel free to bring a few! 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. Social distancing in effect. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


    • 09/12/2021
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • TNC Visitor Center