Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for individual families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC!
Make memories as we come together for a fun-filled, sensory-friendly, exploration session in the great outdoors. Sensory-friendly exploration is designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities. Each class will be focused on a different aspect of the natural world, encouraging exploration for the child, siblings, and guardians. Through hands-on interactions with artifacts, small hikes, and making friends with animals we welcome families to learn, support and inspire one another.
Program is intended for families with sensory sensitive children of all ages. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weather appropriate clothing recommended. Pre-registration is recommended.
Prices are per child per sessionMember $5/Non-members $10 per childChildren under 2 FREE
Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.
At the Tenafly Nature Center we house several animal friends who we call ambassadors! These Animal Ambassadors work hard to bring the joy and wonder of nature to children, adults and everyone in between. Whether they have scales, feathers or fur let’s celebrate these amazing creatures and the important job that they do!
All proceeds will go towards the care of our wonderful animal ambassadors. While you're here sponsor our ambassador of the month to help TNC provide a high level of care.
All ages welcome. In the event of inclement weather program will be held indoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fees are per person.Member $2/Non-member $5Children under 2 FREE
Winter is the perfect time to learn about and find animal tracks! A TNC staff educator will teach you all about different kinds of paws, feet and droppings and how to identify the animals that left them behind!
Program is intended for families for children ages 5 & up. Program may be cancelled due to heavy snow.
Members - $5 / Family - $15
Non-Members - $10 / Family - $30
Experience a guided 2-hour walk (1½ miles) along the trails by the light of the full moon. Participants will stop for a rest at the crossroads of the Purple and Allison Trail. This tranquil, meditative hike encourages reflection and connection with nature, allowing hikers to experience the trails after dark. Recommended for adults.
Please arrive 15 minutes to start time (6:15pm) to register in person. We leave promptly at 6:30pm for the hike.
Pre-registration required. Please bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather the program will be postponed to the following month.
Families will receive a set of clues to independently solve nature riddles along Tenafly 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. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.
Non-members $5, Family max. $20
Children under 2 FREE
Raise a glass and support one of the oldest and largest nature centers in Bergen County. The annual dinner is Tenafly Nature Center's annual fundraising event and proceeds from this event enable our continued mission of preservation and protection of the natural environment as well as environmental education. With your help the Tenafly Nature Center is determined to keep it protected and to educate all generations about the natural world!
3rd Saturday of the month
*After the program, participants may experience the story in a new way, reading it as they follow our seasonal StoryWalk® along a trail
Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of Tenafly Nature Center’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.
Meet on the Visitor Center porch. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Children must be accompanied by an adult who may attend for free.
Fees are per child.
Member free/Non-member $5
Children under 2 FREE
During the dark winter months our animals get lonely. Help the animals get through the winter by warming their day by reading them a story! Come to the visitor center any time from 11:00 – 12:00 to spend some time with some of our animal ambassadors while building confidence in reading ability.
Program is for children learning to read or looking to build confidence in reading skills. Program will be inside. Program will be cancelled in the event of heavy snow.
Suggested donation - $2
Gather ‘round the campfire to explore how lengthening days and warmers temperatures affect plants and animals. Listen to stories and roast marshmallows for s'mores. Program is intended for adults and families with children 5 and up. Additional attendees should be added as guests!
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
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, incomplete registrations will be removed within 48 hours
As you might know, Tenafly Nature Center conducts this Boundary Walk each year to assure that the borders of the Nature Center and Lost Brook Preserve are being properly maintained, that no encroachments on the preserved space have occurred, and that any litter accumulated behind homes and the end of streets is removed. The walk is best done in winter (or early spring!) when trees are free of leaves and the terrain is reasonably clear.
Please consider joining us at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday March 22. (March 29 is Rain Date) We will meet downstairs of the Redfield Building (visitor's center), for coffee and bagels before starting our woodland walk. We’ll divide into 3 or 4 groups, and plan to return well before 12:30. If weather is questionable, call the TNC at the number below for an update.
TNC will provide maps, trash bags, and refreshments. We advise participants to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring work gloves—we’ll often be off-trail, picking up litter as we go. Smart Phones are also useful to document our findings. Older children who can manage uneven terrain and an occasionally vigorous walk are welcome to join us.
So we can plan appropriately for refreshments & gear, please let us know if you (and/or family members or friends) will join us on March 29. Hope you can!
Never been to the Nature Center before? Is your young camper apprehensive?
Do you have other questions about camp? Come to our OPEN HOUSE! An Environmental Educator will take you around the property, lead a natural craft, and address any questions or concerns you may have. You might even get to meet one of our Animal Ambassadors!
11:00am-12:00pm meet with a staff member at the Redfield Building. Staff will focus on Summer Nature Day Camp but also go over our School Break Day Camps, such as Spring Break Day Camp.
Please consider joining us at 10:00 a.m. on our rain date - Sunday March 29 We will meet downstairs of the Redfield Building (visitor's center), for coffee and bagels before starting our woodland walk. We’ll divide into 3 or 4 groups, and plan to return well before 12:30. If weather is questionable, call the TNC at the number below for an update.
Come enjoy real maple syrup on pancakes made on a griddle! Learn how to
Learn about classification, food chains, and do a service project to help local mammals. Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. With a little pre-study (Participants must obtain and read the Mammal Study Merit Badge Book), you’ll complete requirements in this half day field class. Requirement 3c must be completed prior to the workshop and brought in for review at the workshop. The instructor is a registered Merit Badge Counselor. This program is intended for members of the Boy Scouts of America.
Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 6 scouts. Cost: $40 per scout. Maximum: 10 scouts.
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. No strollers please. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the
Members FREE/Non-members $6Children under 2 FREE
When school is out, PreK-5th grade kids can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment.
We need help! 6th-8th grade students can be Junior CITs. Part camper, part helper, we are looking for responsible individuals who are ready to assist the camp staff with setup, cleanup, and leading younger children in games and lessons.
No previous experience required as this is an entry to gaining skills in self-confidence, building a work ethic, and leadership. Jr. CITs will have the perks of enjoying the lessons and games too!
Please double check your child's school calendar for which days they have off! Town vacation days may vary.
Full day is 9:00-3:30 pm
Before Care 8:00am-9:00am
After Care 3:30pm-5:00pm
Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A participant daily checklist can be found on our school break day camp web page. Rain or shine. Children may attend individual days or half days.
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.
When school is out, 1st-5th grade kids can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment.
Spring-themed activities may include exploring the pond ecosystem, eating s’mores around the campfire on Friday, meeting our animal ambassadors up close and more. Sign up early. Don't let your child miss out on fun, hands-on nature experiences, outdoor discovery, and the chance to explore our native hardwood forest and pond ecosystems.
When school is out, Pre-K & K kids can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment.
5 Full Days $365
5 Half Days $215Daily $80Each Half Day $50
Full day is 9:00-3:30 pm
Half days are 9:00-12:30pm or 12:00-3:30pm
Before Care 8:00am-9:00am
After Care 3:30pm-5:00pm
Pre-K & K campers must be a minimum of 4 years old and bathroom independent. For the safety of our staff and campers, TNC staff do not go into the bathroom with campers.
Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain/snow gear are recommended (rain boots, snow pants, jacket, hat, gloves etc.). A participant daily checklist can be found on our school break day camp web page. Rain or shine. Children may attend individual days or half days.
Join us for a new twist on searching for eggs! Children will search the forest at Tenafly Nature Center for naturally dyed eggs in camouflage colors. Please bring your own basket. All ages are welcome.
Additional Children should be added as guests.
Spots cannot be reserved without payment, incomplete registrations will be removed within 48 hours.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. No strollers please.