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Seasonal Programs

Our Seasonal Programs are the perfect way for individual families and adults to enjoy the seasons with TNC!

  • Complete payment is required to hold reservation, we reserve the right to delete incomplete registrations.
  • Program prices are per person (unless otherwise noted). 
  • A minimum registration number is required for select programs to run (programs may be cancelled if minimum is not reached).
  •  = Indicates that the program is held on accessible surfaces for people with mobility challenges. With a weeks notice TNC staff can adapt most programs for people with different abilities.
  • For assistance with registration and information on our policies please visit our Registration and Policies page.
If you are part of a group of 10 or more participantsplease visit one of our group program pages to learn more about what we can offer for your group.

Upcoming Programs & Events

    • 02/04/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 29
    Register

    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. 

    • 02/05/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/05/2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/05/2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 24
    Register

    Adults ages 18 and up can experience a guided 1½-2 hour walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails, on a night near the occurrence of a full moon. This peaceful hike encourages reflection and connections with nature allowing hikers to experience the trails 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.

    • 02/07/2023
    • 03/14/2023
    • 6 sessions
    • TNC Outdoor Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    K-2nd – Nature Explorers

    Students in K-2nd grade will experience what happens in the forest ecosystem throughout the season. Through discovery students will learn about adaptations and processes that occur throughout our natural world with topics such as food webs, habitats, and metamorphosis! Sessions may feature stories, hikes, experiments, hands-on activities, games, artifacts and LIVE animal encounters.



    Nature Enrichment is an immersive program that emphasizes outdoor activities, encouraging children to form a love and respect for nature that will last forever. Age-appropriate STEAM education concepts will be woven into the program using nature as a teaching tool.

    The program will take place primarily outdoors. Please dress accordingly. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Class may not run if there is low registration. At this time masks are recommended for any indoor portion of the program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    Grade:

    K-2nd

    Session 1

    February 7

    Session 2

    February 14

    Session 3

    October 25

    Session 4

    March 7

    Session 5 

    March 14

    Session 6

    March 21

    Rain Dates
    March 8 & April 11

    Fees are per child.
    Members: $150; Non-Member: $200

    • 02/08/2023
    • 02/26/2023
    • 6 sessions
    • TNC Outdoor Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    3rd-5th - Nature Ecologists

    Students in 3rd-5th grade will delve into ecosystems and assess the diversity and behavior of the different organisms within them. Student ecologists will explore our amazing planet in depth through investigation of artifacts, playing games and hands-on activities. Sessions may feature hikes, hands-on activities, games, experiments, artifacts and LIVE animal encounters.



    Nature Enrichment is an immersive program that emphasizes outdoor activities encouraging children to form a love and respect for nature that will last forever. Age-appropriate STEAM education concepts will be woven into the program using nature as a teaching tool.

    Grade:

    3rd-5th

    Session 1

    February 8

    Session 2

    February 15

    Session 3

    February 22

    Session 4

    March 1

    Session 5

    March 8

    Session 6

    March 15

    Rain Dates

    March 22, 28

    Fees are per child.

    Members Series: $150

    Non-Member Series: $200

    • 02/11/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    Register

    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! 



    Admission: FREE

    10:00am-11:00pm meet with a staff member at the Redfield Building. Staff will focus on Summer Nature Day Camp but also go over our upcoming School Break Camps such as February Break and Spring Break.  

    • 02/11/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 25
    Register

    We invite families with children ages 4 and up to come enjoy a warm fire and some winter themed crafts. Join a TNC Environmental Educator to explore the winter woods and create your own winter memories. Craft materials will be provided along with hot chocolate for this program, but guests are encouraged to bring along their favorite memories of winter to share around the campfire.



    Fees are per person.

    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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 

    Members: $8

    Non-Members: $12

    Children under 2 FREE


    • 02/11/2023
    • 02/12/2023
    • 2 sessions
    • TNC Visitor Center
    Register

    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. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    • 02/12/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 3
    Register

    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. 

    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. 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.

    FREE

    • 02/12/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 1
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/12/2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 23
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/17/2023
    • 02/24/2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Snapping Turtle Campsite
    • 18
    Register

    Friday, February 17th &
    Monday, February 20th-Friday, February 24th
    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.

    Winter-themed activities may include visits with live animals and hiking through the snow. 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. Register for individual days. 

    Full Day $95
    Full day is 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Monday-Friday 5 Days $450

    Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A Winter Camp Participant Daily Checklist.pdf can be found on our school break day camp web page. Rain or shine. 

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: PROCARE.

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through PROCARE 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 02/17/2023
    • 02/24/2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Chipmunk Campsite
    • 17
    Register

    Friday, February 17th &
    Monday, February 20th-Friday, February 24th 
    When school is out, Pre-K & K 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.

    Winter-themed activities may include visits with live animals and hiking through the snow. 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. Register for individual days. 

    Full Day $95
    Full day is 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Monday-Friday Full Day $450

    Half Day $60
    AM Half day is 9:00am-12:00pm or PM Half day is 12:00pm-3:00pm 
    Monday-Friday Half Day $275

    Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A Winter Camp Participant Daily Checklist.pdf can be found on our school break day camp web page. Rain or shine. 

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: PROCARE.

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through PROCARE 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 02/17/2023
    • 02/24/2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Chipmunk Campsite
    • 10
    Register

    Friday, February 17th & 
    Monday, February 20th-Friday, February 24th

    7th & 8th grade students can register for our Jr. CIT program! Part camper and part helper, Jr. CITs will be put with our youngest 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 day of Pre-K & K camp priced at $75/day

    Winter-themed activities may include visits with live animals and hiking through the snow. 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 should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A Winter Camp Participant Daily Checklist.pdf can be found on our school break day camp web page. Rain or shine. 

    To Register:

    1. Current annual Family Membership ($60) is required for all participants in our camp programs. Not a member? Join or renew now and take advantage of what the nature center offers all year round.
    2. Click the Register button, complete the form, and pay with a credit card. 
    3. Wait for your confirmation email and use the link to log into our online health system: PROCARE

    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:

    • Please note, if your health care provider will not be including a complete immunization form the Health Department requires a written statement signed by the parent or guardian explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the camper’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. 
    • A copy of your insurance card.
    • A copy of any information regarding your child's activity restrictions/special needs (ex. IEP, ISFP).
    • Complete the form submission through PROCARE 7 days prior to the start of the camp session. New Jersey state law requires that campers submit a current health record each year.

    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. 

    • 02/19/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 21
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/19/2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/26/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 7
    Register

    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. 

    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. 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.

    FREE

    • 02/26/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 02/26/2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 03/04/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 30
    Register

    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. 

    • 03/05/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    Register

    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! 



    Admission: FREE

    10:00am-11:00pm meet with a staff member at the Redfield Building. Staff will focus on Summer Nature Day Camp but also go over our upcoming Spring Break Nature Day Camp. 

    • 03/05/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 03/05/2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 21
    Register

    Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.


    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Dress warmly; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 are free. No strollers, please.

    • 03/05/2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register

    Adults ages 18 and up can experience a guided 1½-2 hour walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails, on a night near the occurrence of a full moon. This peaceful hike encourages reflection and connections with nature allowing hikers to experience the trails 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.

    • 03/11/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 25
    Register

    Fairies have come to Tenafly Nature Center and now you can bring the magic home. Adults and families with children ages 4 and up can join TNC Environmental Educators to explore the Fairy Trail and build fairy houses of your very own. Natural construction materials, and a recycled milk carton base to be built onto will be provided. Guests are also welcome to bring their own base for their fairy houses as well as their own natural materials for construction.


    Fees are per person.

    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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE.

    • 03/11/2023
    • 03/12/2023
    • 2 sessions
    • TNC Visitor Center
    Register

    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. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    • 03/12/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    Laugh, sing, and play with our puppet friends! Families with children ages 2-8 will enjoy this nature-themed puppet show. Learn about plants, animals, and all things outdoors. A new story is featured each month, themed around seasonal changes. 



    Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    • 03/12/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    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. 

    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. 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.

    FREE

    • 03/12/2023
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register