Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for individual families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC!
Calling all nature-loving readers! StoryWalk® is an interactive outdoor exhibit that turns reading into an adventure along the trails. Hikers can read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods.
Designed for beginning readers, the stories will appeal to all ages. Each season Tenafly Nature Center will post a new story, page by page, along one of our trails for the season season.
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.
Young children, 2-4 years old, with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics led by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery stations, stories and journeys outside.
This program will be held indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather. Please dress accordingly. No strollers or unregistered siblings. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Class may not run if there is low registration.
Fees are per parent/child pair.
Additional children pay half of the fee
Mondays, April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22,; June 5 (Rain date: June 12)
Meet a live animal and explore your creative and crafty side! After an up close visit with one of Tenafly Nature Center's Animal Ambassadors, we'll utilize our imaginations and create an artistic version of our new animal friend. A perfect activity for both adults and children 4 and up who looking to explore their artistic side.
Fees are per person.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will take place indoors and outdoors. At this time masks are recommended for any indoor portion of the program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.
The outdoors are calling out to us, telling us this is the perfect time for a hike. National Trails Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June. Organized by the American Hiking Society, this event aims to bring together all trail enthusiasts, young and old, while honoring those who help maintain and preserve hiking trails. Adventures are meant to be shared! National Trails Day is a great opportunity to meet new people in your area and share a fun experience on a local trail.
To celebrate National Trail Hike Day, Tenafly Nature Center will be running a extra session of its forest volunteer program, Forest Defenders. Spend part of your day giving back and supporting our community. Today Tenafly Nature Canter invites you to volunteer and support our natural world by helping to remove a variety of non-native plants that have been encroaching into our forest causing harm to native plants and reducing our biodiversity.
These various plants referred to as Invasive Species can cause myriad damage if left unchecked, from toxifying soil to shading out native plants. For the forest ecosystem to continue functioning, these invaders must be removed.
Help the Tenafly Nature Center eradicate these pesky plants twice a month with the Forest Defenders! Defenders will 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. Children 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 day will be postponed to the following date.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Helping our education staff at our annual Nature Day is an effective way to make a difference while helping to educate our community.
We are seeking volunteers who are interested in helping our education staff at our annual Nature Day. Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educators will have several stations set up throughout the preserve that volunteers are needed to help at.
Designed to be a fun community wide event that encourages a respect for nature, Nature Day needs many hands to make it run smoothly. Some of the stations volunteers may need to help at are Animal encounters, Birds of prey, Survival Skills, Rope making, Scavenger Hunts, Nature Art, Crafts, Story times, an more!
Volunteers must be 14 or older. Hours spent helping with at our nature day are eligible for school volunteer requirements. The event will be held both indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Celebrate the start of summer at our Nature Day Celebration! Join TNC Environmental Educators and our friends from other nature-friendly organizations for a safe, outdoor day of family fun.
See TNC’s amazing birds of prey, or slither on over to hang with a snake. Make nature art that Monet would be envious of or join the birds in filling the air with songs. Hit the pond on a canoe or join an Environmental Educator for a walk to learn about what our forest has to offer.
Guests can expect:
Live animal presentations
Nature arts and crafts
Fresh water exploration
All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is rain or shine. Dress appropriately; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and fees are per person. Children under 2 are free.
The Parking Lot will be closed for this event. Please park on Hudson Ave.
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.
Adults ages 18 and up can experience a guided 1½-2 hour walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails, as the sun sets. This peaceful hike encourages reflection and connections with nature allowing hikers to experience the trails before and after dark..
Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy closed toed shoes. Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Social distancing in effect. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.
Celebrate Father's Day with a guided walk outdoors. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just hoping to spend some quality time with Dad, a walk might be the perfect activity to celebrate this special family day. All ages welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. No strollers please. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Masks required when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Dads and children under two are free.
Celebrate the longest day of the year and the official start of the summer with the Tenafly Nature Center! A TNC Naturalist will lead participants on a night hike to experience the sounds of summer, followed by a campfire and s'mores. Program is intended for adults and families with children 5 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Social distancing in effect. Masks recommended when distance cannot be maintained. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
This workshop will meet the requirements for the Environmental Science Merit Badge with some prerequisites completed prior to the workshop. Learn more about protecting nature by understanding how it works. The instructor is a registered Merit Badge Counselor. This program is intended for members of the Scouts BSA
The following prerequisites (found in the Merit Badge pamphlet) must be completed prior to the workshop: 3e, 3f,4.
Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 6 scouts, Maximum: 10 scouts.
The Tenafly Nature Preserve is under invasion and we need your help! A variety of non-native plants have been encroaching into our forest causing harm to native plants and reducing our biodiversity. These various plants referred to as Invasive Species can cause myriad damage if left unchecked, from toxifying soil to shading out native plants. For the forest ecosystem to continue functioning, these invaders must be removed.
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.
Jr. CIT's 8th grade students can register for our Jr. CIT program! Part camper and part helper, Jr. CITs will be put with our youngest chipmunk campers and assist the counselors. They will gain confidence, learn the ins and outs of working with children, and enjoy all of the same camp fun by hiking, making crafts, and meeting our animal ambassadors.
We will accept two Jr. CITs for each week of Pre-K & K camp priced at $375/ week.
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.
Can you walk through the woods without being detected? Did you make a sound? Stand out among the trees? Learn from the masters and discover how animals use their ninja skills to escape from predators and catch their prey.
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 or equivalent form.
Including an Immunization History:
Our Wild Woods
Trees are everywhere but what do we really know about them? Campers will study the different parts of a tree and learn about how animals (and people) can not live without them.
Pre-K must be a minimum of 4 year old. All children must be bathroom independent. For the safety of our staff and campers, TNC staff do not go into the bathroom with campers.
Animals may not wear capes, but they can be superheroes, too! Some animals can perform amazing feats; other animals make our lives easier every day. Every night, your campers will be able to share with you crazy animal facts about how they protect themselves, eat, see, and hear
differently and the role animals play in making life more comfortable.
Out of this World
Blast off to a week far, far away! All week long young astronauts will learn about the planets, the moon, and the stars. We will explore how their patterns of motion can be predicted and observed. Campers will learn how we can survive on Earth and not other planets. We will explore the trails and maybe find
aliens living among us! No camp July 4.
This session is FULL. Please select "join waitlist" and add your name. Is your child an adventure seeker? Out of the box thinker? If so, sign your child up for Explore Galore where we will begin examining the mysteries of life. Why do animals camouflage? How do nocturnal animals see in the dark? Explorers will head out into the forest to find answers to these perplexing questions! No camp July 4.
3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! Rocket into outer space and discover what’s really out there. Campers will turn into astronauts this week and learn about our planets. Why can’t we live on Jupiter? Is there really life on Mars? No camp July 4.
Monsters of the Deep Blue Sea
Did you know the majority of our planet is covered by water? It’s why our planet appears blue from space! The ocean is home to many creatures that we can not even see and many that we know nothing about! Come learn about which large sea creatures are lurking in the vast ocean.
Make a Splash!
The ocean is a wondrous place filled with many mysterious sea creatures! Dive in to a week full of ocean life. Campers will put on their swim goggles and learn about mammals, fish, and plants that spend their lives underwater.
Under the Sea
Let’s learn all about this strange change! Insects, amphibians, and even sea creatures undergo this amazing process. Campers will investigate the changes animals can go through as they develop. They’ll also discover other types of change in our forest through nature hikes and live animal encounters.
I'm Buggin' Out
This session is FULL. Please select "join waitlist" and add your name. Did you know frogs once had tails and butterflies used to be caterpillars? We all change, but some of us change more than others. How do these animals change? Come investigate the life cycles of animals and plants of Tenafly Nature Center!
Transformers in the Wild
Transformers live among us, and they’re smaller than you think! Learn about which animals can change their bodies into something else completely and why they do so. Through hikes and visits with live animals, campers will discover the many changes nature goes through.
Blinded Me with Science!
Science! Put on your lab coats, grab your safety goggles and get to work! Scientists will create hypotheses and put them to the test. Research and conduct experiments to learn about the natural world and take these hypotheses out onto the trails. Communicating with fellow scientists and sharing ideas is the key to finding solutions!
This session is FULL. Please select "join waitlist" and add your name. You can never ask too many questions! Little Einsteins will look at the world with an open mind. Campers will spend time asking questions about how things work and why, making observations, and gathering information.