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Visitor Center

John A. Redfield Building

The John A. Redfield Building houses a small natural history museum. Knowledgeable staff is available to answer questions about the trails, natural history, flora and fauna, and current environmental topics. Throughout the year, a wide assortment of educational programs are held on the porch or inside the building (ex. apple cider making, owl prowls, maple sugaring). When programs are not in progress, visitors are welcome to come inside to:

  • Look at our live education animals
  • Browse through the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Natural History Library
  • Explore interactive exhibits designed to engage a variety of ages
  • Learn from our natural history displays
  • Review educational program brochures
  • Take a copy of our quarterly newsletter and trail maps
  • Use the restrooms. 

Backyard Habitat, Aviary, Salamander Pond

Visitors can explore the nature center's Butterfly and Pollinator Garden, our Butterfly House (seasonally) and visit our resident birds of prey at the aviary. Seasonally program guests are sometimes able to get a close up look at our salamander & amphibian pond. Members can join an educator in the spring in search for breeding spotted salamanders.


The visitor center and most of the ancillary structures are accessible for people of differing abilities.

Visit an Animal

While we are not a zoo, TNC does house a small collection of animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Instead, these animals help educate visitors about the needs of our local wildlife and the importance of protecting their habitats. These education animals are native or related to local species found throughout New Jersey. Come in to find out more about our Animal Ambassadors.

Read a Book

The Visitors' Center library, comprised of over 1,000 books and media resources on natural history, can help answer questions you might have about our natural world. Whether you want to come in to identify a plant, animal or insect, research a school project, or learn more about the natural world, this resource is here for you to enjoy.

  • Members may check out up to 5 books for 2 weeks; other media (1 item for 1 week). After two weeks, borrowers may renew for another 2 weeks by phone.
  • Lost items must be replaced or reimbursed for cost plus shipping.
    • Nonmembers may use materials in the building.
    • Reference materials may not be borrowed.
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