Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for individual families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC!
All ages are welcome to join us for this year's Apple Cider Season. Tenafly Nature Center will provide the apples and the press we will need you to help provide the rest. Learn about the history of apple cultivation and cider making and experience one of the original ways of making fresh, crisp apple cider! Feel free to bring a few apples of your favorite cultivar; more apples means more cider!
Join us for a family-friendly hike on TNC’s trails, followed by an encounter with one of our Animal Ambassadors, a fun craft, and treats.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately. In the event of inclement weather the program will be cancelled. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Meet a live animal and explore your creative side! After an up-close visit with one of Tenafly Nature Center's Animal Ambassadors, use your imagination to create an artistic version of your new animal friend. A perfect activity for adults and children who enjoy animals and making art!
This program is intended for adults and families with children ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is held indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.
Fees are per person.
The TNC Preserve is under invasion and we need your help! Non-native plants have been encroaching into our forest, causing harm to native plants and reducing our biodiversity. Unchecked, these” invasive species” can toxify the soil and shade out native plants.
Help remove these pesky plants twice a month with the Forest Defenders! Learn to identify different invasive species and work with our Land Manager to implement various removal techniques.
Forest Defenders is open to adults, teenagers and families. Kids 15 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Hours spent with the Forest Defenders are eligible for school volunteer requirements. Projects will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, the project will be postponed to the following date.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Monday, October 9th
When school is out, 1st-6th Grade Campers can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment.
Autumn-themed activities may include visits with live animals and hiking through the leaves. Sign up early. Don't let your child miss out on fun, hands-on nature experiences, outdoor discovery, and the change to explore our native hardwood forest and pond ecosystems.
Camp will be 100% outdoors. Children must be bathroom independent-staff do not go into the restroom with campers.
Full Day $100Full day is 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A participant daily checklist can be found on our school break day camp web page. Rain or shine.
This is where you will tell us about your camper, fill out health information, emergency contacts, other important safety data, and submit the following required files:The Mandatory Health Packet: Universal Health Record from your child’s health care provider.
Including an Immunization History:
Failure to submit all forms to TNC 7 days before the first day of camp will result in forfeiture of your registration fee. No exceptions.
Monday, October 9
When school is out, Pre-K & K kids can keep learning and have fun too! Children will explore TNC woods and trails, make crafts, share stories and play games while learning about the environment.
Camp will be 100% outdoors. Minimum age 4. Children must be bathroom independent-staff do not go into the restroom with campers.
Half Day $65
Half day is 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:00pm-3:00pm
Families with children 4 and up will receive a printed set of clues to independently solve nature riddles along Nature Center trails. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete the hunt.
Check in 1:00-2:00 pm at the Visitors' Center to receive clues (Scavenger Hunt may be completed at any time.) Program will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors. Learn about the animal and how they came to Tenafly Nature Center. A new story and animal are featured each month. Animals may include snakes, frogs, turtles, owls or a hawk.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may attend for free. Children under 2 are FREE. The program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Never been to the Nature Center before? Is your young camper apprehensive?
Do you have other questions about camp? Come to our OPEN HOUSE! An Environmental Educator will take you around the property and address any questions or concerns you may have. You might even get to enjoy a camp activity! Summer camp registration opens December 1st for Premium Members and January 1st for Family Members.
10:00am-12:00pm meet with a staff member at the Redfield Building. Staff will focus on Summer Nature Day Camp but also go over our upcoming Autumn & Winter Break Nature Day Camps.
It's that time of year! TNC needs special helpers to assist our education staff at our annual haunted forest event! We are seeking volunteers who are interested in helping our education staff at a variety of fun stations. Help with crafts, seasonal games, live animal encounters, s'mores at the campfire.... help is needed at many locations for this community event for local children and their families. It is a fun time for all!
Volunteers must be 14 or older. Hours spent helping with our events are eligible for school volunteer requirements. The event will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress for the weather. In case of mild inclement weather, the event will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Arrive early or come after dark and meet several live nocturnal animals on a sensory walk along our trails. Learn about animal senses and then test your own sensory skills.
Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educators will guide small groups along the nature center trails. Designed to be entertaining and educational (not scary), tours take 1.5 hours. After the tour, participants can enjoy refreshments and crafts around the campfire.
All ages welcome. No strollers please. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover, but dress for the weather. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Group Rates (Family or Scout groups may register in advance to reserve a tour time together):
Up to 15 people = $150
Up to 20 people = $200
Up to 25 people = $225