Day Trips

The Tenafly Nature Center welcomes libraries, senior groups, garden clubs, and other organizations and meetups. We can also come to your location for a lecture, Earth Day event, or other tabling event. If you're interested in renting space at the Tenafly Nature Center, contact the Education Director about Pavilion Rentals. We also offer Professional Development to educate others in methods to utilize various environmental education resources.

To Schedule:

1. Contact the Education Director via e-mail or at (201) 568-6093 and she will contact you as soon as possible. Please be prepared to provide following information:
  • Your name
  • Organization mailing address
  • Organization phone number
  • Emergency cell phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Number of participants
  • Name of the program
  • Requested date (for faster scheduling have several date options)
  • Requested time for programs (for faster scheduling have several time options)
2. Review and sign the confirmation form sent by the Education Director.
3. Mail the signed confirmation form with payment to the Education Director.


Day Trip Pricing

 45 minutes to 1 hour
 $135 (up to 25 people)
 1.5 hours
 $185 (up to 25 people)
 2 hours
 $235 (up to 25 people)
 Additional participants over the amount of 25
 $6 per person


  • Maximum group size is 30 people. A maximum of 120 people can be accommodated at TNC at one time. Larger groups can be divided between morning and afternoon, or scheduled over several days.
  • In order to obtain adequate staff, advance notice of additional participants is required. We reserve the right to limit the number of non-registered participants on the trail to the number originally registered on the confirmation form.

Program and Payment Policies

  • Pre-payment is required for all programs.
  • Programs scheduled with less than two weeks notice will require pre-payment three days prior to the program.
  • Payment can be made by your group representative by check, cash, purchase order, or money order (credit cards not accepted).
  • It is the duty of the group representative to collect the fee from the participants. TNC will not accept individual payments from the participants.

Reschedule, Cancellation & Refund Information

  • Field Trip programs are taught mostly outdoors and are held drizzle or shine. However, in the event of heavy rain or dangerous temperatures, an alternate indoor program may be substituted. 
  • If your group must reschedule, a $50 rescheduling fee will be applied.
  • Cancellation Timeline Refund Amount
    • More than 30 days’ notice  - 100% returned
    • 11 to 30 days’ notice - 50% returned
    • Less than 11 days’ notice - NO REFUND

Program Preparation


Accessibility at TNC

Tenafly Nature Center offers programming that is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you give two weeks notice so that we can accommodate the needs of your group.

Day Trip Program Topics

We can design programs to match your interests. Please contact the Education Director to discuss topics that may not appear below.

Apple Cidering: 1-1.5 hours
Investigate plant parts, their uses, and simple machines by using an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. In the process, they learn about the history of the cider making from colonial times to the present.

Creatures of the Night: 1 hour
Do you know if you are nocturnal, diurnal, or crepuscular? Join educators from the Tenafly Nature Center and find out! Through live animal demonstrations, participants will learn about local species that inhabit the dark. From owls to opossums, learn about the amazing adaptations creatures posses to roam the nighttime landscape.

Endangered NJ: 1-2 hours
Learn about the major factors that threaten animals with endangerment and extinction worldwide. Through use of artifacts and live animals, participants will learn the status of select native New Jersey fauna. Activities are designed to raise awareness of New Jersey’s over 60 endangered species, and inspire participants to practice how they can help prevent threats to local wildlife.

Forest Ecology: 1-3 hours
Explore the local forest to learn about relationships between non-living and living factors. By “reading the landscape”, participants uncover some of the differences between deciduous and coniferous forests through field-testing forest plots, studying the flora and fauna, and making field observations. Extended programs can include topics such as succession and stratification, plant life cycles, classification and tree identification using a dichotomous key. Discover the cultural and natural history of plants, particularly trees, as we examine a tree’s life stages, following its growth from seed to maturity, finally, to decomposition.

Geology of the Palisades: 1-2 hours
Discover how the Palisades were formed, where its rocks and fossils come from, and the history they reveal.  Learn and practice identifying common NJ rocks found at TNC and how geology factors into our lives. We will discuss examples of erosion and deposition caused by the forces of nature and will reinforce concepts of glaciation, soil formation and landforms.

Group Challenges: 1-2 hours
Through problem-solving challenges and group work, this program will help your group recognize their strengths and practice their listening skills. Usingphysical and mental abilities, participants will learn how to communicate effectively and cultivate cooperative skills.

Heavenly Herps: 1-2 hours
“Herps” (reptiles and amphibians) are among the most under-appreciated and misunderstood species of the Animal Kingdom. An introduction to live snakes, frogs, salamanders and turtles highlights the characteristics that distinguish these 
Classes.

Invertebrate Safari: 1-2 hours
Examine live insects in an introduction to the vast array of insect life. Participants will be taught where to find insects outside and how to identify them. By observing life stages and adaptations, participants will learn to identify different insects in a variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Extended programs include such topics as how people depend on insects and how our attempts to control insect populations affect the environment.

Map & Compass: 2-4 hours
Learn the parts of a compass and how to find your way. Extended programs include instruction in orienteering, reading different kinds of maps and wayfinding techniques. Participants will use their new-found skills to follow pre-set courses to find "natural treasures" hidden outdoors.

Maple Sugaring: 1 hour
Learn about the history of maple sugaring in North America by observing our tapped Sugar Maple trees. (We encourage sap tasting, if enough has been collected.) We demonstrate both Native American and colonial syrup-making techniques outdoors. We challenge participants to distinguish between corn syrup and 100% maple syrup by taste alone. Only offered in late February through early March.

Oogling Owls: 1-1.5 hours
Learn the adaptations these nocturnal predators use to thrive at night. Participants will learn about the status of NJ’s owls and discuss the pros and cons of human interaction with these powerful and efficient predators.

Outdoor Survival: 1.5-2 hours
If you were lost in the woods, would you know what to do? Learn to prepare for survival outdoors using the “rules of three”. Through cooperation and communication, participants will exercise group skills to construct a survival shelter. Extended programs include instruction and practice in applying map and compass skills and a demonstration of how to set and start a campfire.

Pond Ecology: 1-3 hours
Using a variety of tools (dip nets, magnifiers, etc.), discover aquatic ecosystems and food chains by participating in hands-on pond exploration. Participants will study diversity, adaptations and interrelationships among the organisms found in the water, and discuss how human activity impacts aquatic habitats. Extended programs include water testing and a comparison of different kinds of freshwater habitats.

Rapp’n with Raptors: 1-1.5 hours 
Observe live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will display the grace and power of these predators.

Seasonal Discovery: 1-3 hours
Explore the wonders each season brings to the forest. On a walk along the trails, observe and record temperature, weather, and wind direction. Learn how the flora and fauna adapt to the changes of the season through observation and discussion.

Program Evaluation

If your group has visited us recently and you would like to let us know what you thought, please send us a program evaluation. Your response will assist us in providing all groups with high quality programming in the future.

Upcoming events

Saturday, June 21, 2014 • TNC Trails
Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:00 PM • Tenafly Nature Center
Monday, August 25, 2014 9:00 AM • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion

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