Our Future: Proposed Education and Discovery Center

Assessment of Clinton & Hudson Avenue Sites

TNC  proposes to maintain the existing parking lot, pavilion and restroom at the top of Hudson Avenue to preserve visitors’ traditional approach to Pfister’s Pond.TNC recommends razing the obsolete building and reforesting the surrounding one acre.

Examine the Facts for yourself:


Tenafly's Council Approves TNC's Lease by Unanimous Vote

On September 24, the Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance for a 24-year lease which will allow TNC to move ahead with our proposal for a new Education and Discovery Center. Thanks to all for your support throughout the review and approval process.

Council Resolution and Response Document Complete Green Acres Review

On September 10, Tenafly’s Council voted unanimously by resolution to advance TNC’s proposal for a New Education and Discovery Center by:
•    Approving the change of use in the Lost Brook Preserve, the final step required by the New Jersey State
      Green Acres’ Change of Use procedures and regulations
•    Approving construction of the New Education and Discovery Center and considering it a Borough sponsored 
•    Amending the Lost Brook Preserve’s Rules to permit construction of the proposed facility
•    Authorizing TNC to prepare all additional required submissions and applications

We invite you to read TNC's Response to Green Acres, addressing all of the comments about our proposal during the public hearing and comment period

Follow the development of our proposal for a new Education and Discovery Center, a  single-story, 7,950 sq. ft. facility set 600 feet back from Clinton Avenue. Located along a ridge dividing the Hudson and Hackensack River watersheds, the new building offers universal access and features sustainable and environmentally friendly site and building design strategies. Classrooms and exhibit space face the forest and a covered deck extends classrooms into the outdoors.

We encourage you to contact us with questions at

Click image to view TNC's presentation at the Public Hearing

Local & Environmental Organizations Show Support

Local, state and national groups voice their support for our proposal.
* Major contributors to the original purchase of the Lost Brook Preserve in 1975.

TNC's Proposal in the news:

9-12-13 Suburbanite: Letter to the Editor by former Councilman Bruce Baker and Councilman Jon Warms

9-17-13 Record: Tenafly Nature Center clears hurdle with council resolution

9-18-13 Suburbanite:  Tenafly Nature Center lease set for a final vote

TNC Newsletter - Summer 2013-Since the public hearing, we have been paying close attention to the community’s reaction .. Read More

TNC Newsletter - Spring 2013-Tenafly Nature Center is planning a new Education and Discovery Center to keep up with today’s demand for environmental education. ..Read More

Tenafly Borough Newsletter - March 2013-We are excited to share TNC's vision for the future. Fifty years ago, the Borough entrusted TNC with stewardship of 52 wooded acres. ..Read More

TNC Newsletter Progress Report - Winter 2012-APPROVED! On November 20, 2012, Tenafly’s Council voted unanimously to extend TNC’s lease for the Lost Brook Preserve from five to 24 years. ...Read More

TNC Newsletter Announcement of Plans and New Site - Autumn 2012-Over fifty years ago a group of visionary community leaders formed the Tenafly Nature Center Association...Read More

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