To help reduce program expenses, Tenafly Nature Center relies on the donation of supplies, services and/or equipment that are used fulfilling its mission. With your donation of any item on this list (or the funds to purchase the item(s), you actively become a part of our mission of education, conservation and recreation. The following categories include a number of items that would really help Tenafly Nature Center.
Thank you for considering supporting the purchase of one or more of these items. You can send a check (just name the item on the memo line) or use your credit card on our donation page. Just select "Other (please explain below) from the pull down menu (Donation type) and note what you would like your donation applied to in the text box. Please join our growing list of Wish Fulfillers!
Amazon Wish List
If you are looking for a quick way to see what our education staff is looking for to make our programming more effective take a look at our Amazon Wish List
which has dozens of donation ideas (please don't for get to use AmazonSmile
everytime you make a purchase).
iPads - ~$1,000
Technology like the iPad can enhance a visitor's experience as both a fixed position exhibit as well as mobile guided and self-guided trail tours. This technology is being used in many museums, nature centers, aquariums and botanical gardens.
New Aviaries & Fence - $15,000
TNC's aviaries ($10K) and safety fence ($5K) are over 20 years old. We would like to rebuild the aviaries using the latest knowledge in aviary construction as well as add an additional two bays to the existing two bays and bring in additional bird ambassadors for educational programs. The safety fence encompasses the aviaries and TNC's Herp pond. The area is used for educational programs and summer camp.
Education Awning - $8,000
Many of our educational programs utilize our deck space in front of our visitor's center - apple cidering, maple sugaring and even camps use this space. The awning will provide shade in the summer and protect visitors and campers from raining days.
Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Design & Educator Workshop - $7,700
This project is to create detailed plans for a community created Outdoor Classroom for Tenafly Nature Center. The designs will plan a designated, managed area around the pavilion where children of all ages and abilities play and learn by engaging with and manipulating diverse natural elements, materials, organisms, and habitats, through sensory, fine motor and gross motor experiences.
$5,000 already donated toward this wish! Can you help with the rest?
Our indoor animal ambassadors depend on heat and light to survive. A storm knocking out power during the winter means staff have to come in and relocate animals to safe locations (often their homes). Severe storms could limit access by our staff to the nature center which could be dire to our animal ambassadors. A backup generation would ensure that our animals would survive a catastrophic event.
New Pavilion Path Lighting - $8,000
The current lighting fixtures (called bollards) are constructed from 4x4' posts with a light fixture attached on top. They are very prone to vandalism and need constant maintenance to keep them upright and functioning. We would like to install vandal resistant bollards with LED lighting (which will also save on energy costs). This includes the replacement of five bollards.
Current Forest Stewardship Initiative - $5,000
- Developing Old Growth Forest Structure and Encouraging Oak Regeneration - Forestry Stand improvement will be conducted on 10.6 acres within Field #1 (click map to the right for expanded view) to mimic the action of fire by culling under & mid-story, thin-barked species. This is a test area. If the process works it will be expanded to include more acreage.
- Reforestation - Invasive control in the understory (primary targets privet & winged Euonymus & honeysuckle) on approx. 2.8 acres of Field #2.
Pfister's Pond Bathymetric Survey - $7,000
This project will systematically measure the bathymetry (contour and depth) of Pfister’s Pond and create a 3D map in GIS (Geographic Information System).
Pfister's Pond Species Survey - $13,000 or $21,000*
This project will conduct an intensive survey of plants, amphibian, reptile, fish and benthic organisms (species that live in and on the bottom layers of the pond) found in the pond in summer. The survey will also identify any invasive non-native species.
*$21,000 intensive survey - $13,000 less intensive survey.
Project will include:
- A map of dominant plant species and its estimated relative abundance in the Pond.
- A list of fish, reptile, amphibian, plant, and benthic organisms found.
- A list of native fish, reptile, amphibian, plant, and benthic organisms observed.
- A list of non-native fish, reptile, amphibian, plant, and benthic organisms observed.
20-station Fit-Trail System - $12,000
Fitness trails combine scientifically designed exercises with walking or jogging to provide a well-balanced physical fitness routine for the entire body. Individual exercise stations with apparatus are spaced along a walking trail or jogging path. The participant proceeds from one exercise station to the next and performs the exercises illustrated at each station. The Fit-Trail system would be installed on the Bischoff Trail.
Trail Head Donation Box Iron Ranger - $1,300
Secure Donation Box for the trail head to receive donations. The Iron Ranger is a proven design with 40+ years of development and improvements, it resists the most interested vandal.
Penny Press machine - $4,500
Visitors and school groups are always looking for an inexpensive keepsake when visiting Tenafly Nature Center. This Penny press machine will turn U.S. pennies into elongated souvenir coins. These souvenirs will commemorate visitors' great experiences and generate income for the TNC. Price includes all customized artwork for three images and engraving.