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Response to the COVID-19 Health crisis (updated 6/30)

TNC continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation. The health and safety of this community is our top priority. As our communities start to reopen TNC onsite programs and events are restricted and extremely limited. Groups should contact the associated program coordinator for how this affects scheduled school, library, scout, birthday, camp, and public programs. 

  • Our trails are open for passive recreation only, including hiking, walking, running or jogging, and birding.
  • Organized sports and group activities prohibited.

  • Our visitors center remains CLOSED.

  • Composting restroom now OPEN.
    Please note: This r
    estrooms is being cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule, but this does NOT eliminate the risk of the virus spreading by touching common surfaces, or from person to person. Sanitize hands after using the restroom or touching common surfaces.

  • The picnic area and our white picnic tables (located near the Butterfly House and Yellow Trail) are now available for use by families and small groups ONLY. No grills or cooking allowed. Please note: Picnic tables are not cleaned – visitors should follow personal hygiene recommendations after their use.

Please note: Especially on weekends, parking areas may fill early. We encourage visitors to try to time their visits to off-peak periods, such as weekdays or early in the day on weekends!

We are adopting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for the containment of infectious diseases, including:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If tissue is not available use your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.

Trail Guidelines

Unless otherwise required by law, Tenafly Nature Center trails will remain open daily from one hour after sunrise till one hour before dusk.

TNC has instated a 1-way policy for our Yellow, White, Red and Main trails. All other trails are OPEN with no movement restrictions, however all visitors must follow the one-way path to access all trails from the main entrance.


Due to an increase in visitors we are seeing signs of degradation on the sides of our trails and the habitats directly off the trail. This policy change helps eliminate the need to walk off trail by eliminating large groups moving in opposing directions.

Visitors who do not adhere to the new policy or rules will be asked to leave.

Regular Trail Rules & Information

Please respect the wildlife and their homes. Take only pictures...and leave nothing.

Tenafly Nature Center is governed by a lease agreement with the Borough of Tenafly. This agreement contains rules and regulations concerning the use of the property by visitors to the preserve. As a guest in a nature preserve, we ask that you respect these rules to keep TNC a safe, clean, natural, and pleasant place to visit. Please ensure any other people in your group or family, including children, understand them as well.

  • Trails are open to the public daily, one hour after sunrise until one hour prior to sunset.
  • Please be respectful and keep loud voices and noises to a minimum.
  • Leave No Trace — Carry-In, Carry-Out - Take all trash with you.
No pets leashed, carried, or otherwise.
Do not release any animals.
Stay on trails at all times and stay out of streams and ponds (to minimize disturbance to plants & wildlife).

No fires (without staff oversight).

Smoking and/or the carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other combustible substance, in any manner or any form, including vapor from an electronic smoking device, is prohibited at all times in all areas of the park.

No bicycles, strollers (or any vehicles) beyond the parking area. 
Trails are for foot traffic only.

No littering please.

Do not disturb, collect or remove ANYTHING including wildlife, plant matter (flowers, leaves, acorns, sticks), mushrooms, soil or rocks.

Do not feed, bait, or provide access to food to any wild animal or waterfowl. Please see our Q&A on feeding wildlife for more information.


No camping, hunting, trapping, or fishing in all areas of the preserve.

Picnicking is permitted only at the white picnic tables only.

Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited, except for events held at Education Center with the permission of the Nature Center board.

Personal photography is welcomed, but professional photography and filming may require a permit (view the policy for professional photograph and filming).


Any rule violations brought to our attention would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you and enjoy your visit!


Trail Admission

Starting May 2, 2020 TNC instituted a nominal admission fee:

  • Members: FREE
  • Non-members: $2/person or $10/family

This admission is in effect between the hours 9:00 am -5:00 pm daily.

Beginning July 6, on weekdays (Monday-Friday), TNC summer camp will be in session. Please note that the TNC parking lot access will be unavailable during:

  • Morning drop-off 8:45 am-9:30 am 
  • Afternoon pick-up 3:00 pm-3:30 pm
Please plan your TNC arrival and departure outside of these time frames. 

FAQ's

  • Should I wear a mask when visiting TNC?
    Please note that under New Jersey Department of Health guidelines, visitors should wear cloth face coverings while in the preserve and maintain social distancing, except where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health or where an individual is under two years of age. Therefore, we strongly suggest having a mask so that you have your PPE on hand at all timesAt this time we do not require visitors to wear a mask but do require that visitors keep a 6 foot distance from other visitors.

Additional Trail Rules & Information

TNC trails have additional rules currently in place:

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Do not meet as a group (including large families)
  • Stay on the trail & follow the signs
  • Trails are for passive recreation only
  • No sports
  • Follow CDC social distancing guidelines and maintain a 6 foot distance when you pass others along the trails
  • Keep 6 feet apart from other visitors at all times (including when passing along trails)

Benches and rest areas are not meant for extended use at this time. Visitors should maintain a steady pace while walking and if a brief break is needed other visitors should be enabled to safely continue their course with a 6 foot distance.

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