Outdoor Activities

Below you will find information and activities to enjoy on your next visit. Memberships are available to anyone with an interest in helping to support the Tenafly Nature Center

Hiking, Walking & Wildlife Watching

Tenafly Nature Center is a sanctuary for human visitors - an island of green where bonds with nature can be renewed. Whether you have an hour or a day, our woods offer a peaceful respite from the rush of daily life.  We welcome visitors to take a leisurely walk to Pfister's Pond or enjoy a hike along our 7+ miles of trails between dawn and dusk. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy bird-watching and observe other wildlife on their own or join our educators monthly for guided nature walks and full moon hikes.

Adventures in Reading

Hikers can enjoy our seasonal StoryWalk®, an interactive outdoor exhibit that turns reading into an adventure. Read a nature-themed story while walking in the woods. Designed for beginning readers, stories will appeal to all ages.

Upcoming Storywalks

Saturday, June 21, 2014 • TNC Trails
Saturday, September 20, 2014 • TNC Trails
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.

Trail Running

Trail runners are welcome to train and enjoy a sprint through our woods along the 7+ miles of trails. In early spring, experienced trail runners are invited to discover the native terrain of the Lost Brook Preserve while participating in our annual Lost Brook Trail Race.

The Lost Brook Trail Race is a resurrection of the once great Raccoon Run and the first organized trail-running event in this nature preserve. During this 5 & 10 mile challenging run participants can experience sections of the trail in rocks and roots, foot bridges over streams, and thousand year-old boulders moved by the glaciers that one covered this landscape.

Snow Shoeing, Cross Country Skiing & Ice Skating

Cross country skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating are among the activities which you may enjoy here, with Mother Nature’s cooperation, of course! Even when covered by snow, visitors are welcome to bring their own equipment and explore the trails of the nature center.

For ice skating, visitors should call to learn if the ice is safe; ice skating is allowed only when the ice exceeds four inches. Some years there are no safe days; thick enough ice for safe skating usually takes several days of sustained below freezing weather.

If the ice is thick enough, please follow the following safety guidelines:

  1. Skating is permitted only during regular business hours and everyone must be off the ice and the trails by dusk.
  2. Check in at the office and let a staff member know that you will be out.
  3. No skating alone.
  4. No ice hockey.
  5. Don’t throw sticks or stones onto the ice.
  6. Youth under 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Pavilion, Campfire Ring, Restrooms

The Education Pavilion is used for school, scout, and seasonal programs year-round. Individuals and families may use the picnic tables in the pavilion whenever they are not in use by an organized group or class. The open-air structure contains eight recycled plastic picnic tables, four of which have wheelchair extensions. It has a concrete floor and walkway that make it accessible to all. Lights line the walkway and inside for evening use. An additional outlet is available for approved equipment. A large fireplace is an attractive cool weather bonus. Roll-down sides are available on three sides to keep out rain or cold winds. 

The campfire ring is a rustic spot in the woods 150 feet southeast of the parking lot and Pavilion. The stone fire circle is ringed by several recycled plastic benches, which can accommodate up to thirty (30) people. For forest protection, your safety, and insurance reasons, fires are permitted only with staff supervision.

A wheelchair accessible waterless composting toilet is next to the parking lot and just 90 feet from the pavilion. This facility is augmented by two other flush restrooms on the ground floor of the John A. Redfield Building.

If you have a group that would like to reserve use of the pavilion please contact the Education Director.

Yellow Trail Guide

The Yellow Trail is our most popular trail for families and individuals with small children. It is a 1/3 mile path that starts at the John A. Redfield Building by the Backyard Habitat and ends on the Main Trail near Pfister’s Pond. You may download and print our Yellow Trail Guide in the PDF format provided. Enjoy your walk! 

English Yellow Trail Guide ; Spanish Yellow Trail Guide

Letterboxing

Letterboxing is a hobby that involves using clues to find secret boxes hidden in many locations. For more information and the clues for the letterbox hidden here at TNC please visit www.letterboxing.org. The box on site is titled Rock, Paper, Scissors. The letterboxes here were not placed by TNC staff, but are listed here because they may be of interest to visitors.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor activity for GPS users to use location coordinates shared on the internet to find caches all over the world. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. For more information and the coordinates for the geocaches hidden here at TNC please visit www.geocaching.com. Type in our zip code (07670); several caches can be found throughout the park. The caches here were not all placed by TNC staff, but are listed here because they maybe of interest to visitors.

Upcoming events

Saturday, June 21, 2014 • TNC Trails
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:00 AM • TNC Visitor Center
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:30 AM • TNC Visitors Center

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