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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

    • 03/02/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 23
    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. 

    • 03/03/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/03/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/09/2024
    • 03/10/2024
    • 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.  Pre-registration is recommended. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    • 03/09/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 27
    Register

    All ages are invited to listen along as author Shabi Najafov reads her book, Spike the Spunky Hedgehog. This heartwarming tale encourages young readers to believe in themselves, try their best, and never let obstacles hold them back. Through his journey, Spike learns the value of perseverance, resilience, and embracing one's own strengths. 


    Guests will also make a hedgehog craft so everyone can take home their own spiky critter.  Fees are per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will take place indoors. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Children under 2 FREE. 

    Shabi Najafov is a TED speaker, entrepreneur, Alpine resident and mom of two boys. She created this book to cultivate grit and perseverance in young readers. She hopes this story will empower children to conquer challenges and embrace growth through their lives.

    • 03/10/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.

    FREE

    • 03/10/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 12
    Register

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/10/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Brasserie Memere 107 Vervalen St at, Closter Plaza, Closter, NJ 07624
    • 75
    Register

    Tenafly Nature Center looks forward to honoring our Life Members and supporters who have helped nurture our mission to preserve our natural environment and provide environmental education and recreation opportunities for future generations. Proceeds from this special event will help TNC continue to carry out its mission and grow to meet the rising needs of our community and beyond.

    Please secure your spot by purchasing a ticket today!

    • Purchase single tickets or tables by clicking the register button to the left. 
    • At that time you may also purchase additional single "guest" tickets.

    Please note that donor-advised funds (DAF) cannot be used as payment — either partially or wholly — for any ticket, table, or auction items that confer goods and/or benefits with substantial value. However, you may still support our event through a DAF by making a fully-deductible contribution.

    If you're unable to attend, we ask you to consider supporting TNC by making a non-attending donation.

    • 03/10/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Register

    Tenafly Nature Center relies on annual proceeds from this and our other fundraising events to carry out its mission. We are asking for your help.

    If you are unable to attend this year’s event please show your support with a non-attending donation.

    Please complete your donation by clicking the register button (far left). 

    Please e-mail for assistance.

    Thank you for your consideration

    • 03/10/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Brasserie Memere 107 Vervalen St at, Closter Plaza, Closter, NJ 07624
    Registration is closed

    Tenafly Nature Center looks forward to honoring our Life Members and supporters who have helped nurture our mission to preserve our natural environment and provide environmental education and recreation opportunities for future generations. Proceeds from this special event will help TNC continue to carry out its mission and grow to meet the rising needs of our community and beyond.

    We’re excited to offer event sponsorship opportunities. Reserve one of the following options by February 28, 2024

    Title Sponsorship

    • Seating for 8 at event
    • Bronze sponsorship recognition benefits
    • Recognition on event ad journal front cover
    • Recognition on event photo backdrop
    • Recognition on event invitation (if secured by January 5)
    • Full page ad in event ad journal
    • Sponsorship plaque placed on one TNC trail for a year
    • 1 45-minute private guided walking tour for up to 8 people

    Platinum Sponsorship

    • Seating for 6 at event
    • Bronze sponsorship recognition benefits
    • Full page ad in event ad journal
    Gold Sponsorship
    • Seating for 4 at event
    • Bronze sponsorship recognition benefits
    • Half page ad in event ad journal
    Silver Sponsorship
    • Bronze sponsorship seating and recognition benefits
    • Half page ad in event ad journal
    Bronze Sponsorship
    • Seating for 2 at event
    • Recognition in event ad journal
    • Recognition on event website
    • Recognition on one TNC social media posting and in one quarterly TNC newsletter.

    Click the registration button (far left) to secure your sponsorship

    Ad Journal copy and graphics must be submitted by February 29, 2024

    Please e-mail for more information.

    The Tenafly Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (Non Profit #22-0019117) therefore all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

    • 03/10/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Brasserie Memere 107 Vervalen St at, Closter Plaza, Closter, NJ 07624
    Register

    Tenafly Nature Center looks forward to honoring our Life Members and supporters who have helped nurture our mission to preserve our natural environment and provide environmental education and recreation opportunities for future generations. Proceeds from this special event will help TNC continue to carry out its mission and grow to meet the rising needs of our community and beyond.

    Please consider adding your name as a supporter by placing a full color ad or special memory in our event journal (tickets to event sold separately).

    *Please note that we can not accept political ads per IRS regulations.  

    Click the registration button (far left) to secure your journal space

    Ad Journal copy and graphics must be submitted by February 29, 2024

    Please e-mail for more information.

    • 03/10/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 26
    Register

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/16/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 30
    Register

    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.

    • 03/16/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 11
    Register

    A Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator will lead participants on a short walk along the trails in the forest without flashlights! Participants will develop their night vision, play games, and listen for animals. Afterward gather ‘round the campfire to explore how lengthening days and warmer temperatures affect plants and animals. 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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


    • 03/17/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    Register

    FREE Trail-Running Workshop 

    In preparation for the Race on April 7th, Race Director and running coach, Phil Germakian, will provide trail-running basics workshop and lead a guided group run along the Lost Brook Trail Race course.

    At this workshop you will learn:

    • Uphill & Downhill Running Techniques

    • How to move over technical terrain

    • About sport-specific gear

    • Safety on the trails 

    The workshop is open to all trail users, but will focus on preparing runners for the 2024 Lost Brook Trail Race (register for the race here).

    If you’re new to trail running or an old pro, the Lost Brook Trail Race is an opportunity to get out on the trails while supporting the important work of Tenafly Nature Center. 

    Pre-Registration for this training workshop is required.

    • 03/17/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 26
    Register

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/17/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 22
    Register

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/17/2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 26
    Register

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/17/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 23
    Register

    All ages are welcome. 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. 



    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.

    • 03/23/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 5
    Register

    Scouts of All Ages can Create a fairy house inspired by the beauty and magic of nature! Join us for our first ever FairyFest! Teams of scouts are challenged to create a “fairy house” for Tenafly Nature Center’s Fairy Trail. This fun, no-pressure competition aims to encourage fairy-house building, teamwork, and a sense of community. Every team that participates will receive a FairyFest fun patch for each participating scout. All fairy houses will be contributions to the Fairy Trail, and will be showcased for people in the community to enjoy! 



    There are four categories; please enter your scouts into the one appropriate for their grade level. Given the limited amount of space on the trail, there will be limited available spaces in each category. Scouts are encouraged to work as a group.

    The categories:

    The Sprites - Kindergarten-1st grade (20 slots available)

    The Pixies - 2nd-3rd grade (15 slots available)

    The Fairies - 4th-5th grade (10 slots available) 

    The Dryads - 6th grade and up (5 slots available)

    General Rules:

    1. All fairy houses must be completed, in place, and ready to be judged by the scheduled time on the day of the competition. While finishing touches may be applied on the day of the event, the majority of construction should be completed beforehand 

    2. Fairy houses must appear to be made out of natural materials. All man-made, structural components must be hidden.

    3. A detailed list of all materials used must be presented during judging. Please check the list of acceptable materials below. 

    4. During judging, scouts should be prepared to give a short description of the house, its design and construction, and what makes it special to the scouts who created it. 

    5. Houses must be portable with maximum dimensions of 18” h x 18” w x 18” d and be built on a base as they will need to be transported from the entrance to the trail on foot.

    6. Houses must have a sign or be marked with the name of the house, the troop/den number and location.

    Materials:

    • Permissible materials

      • Wood (including bark from fallen trees). Prefabricated bases (bird houses, etc.) are allowed, and should be fully decorated if used.

      • Shells, pinecones, native seeds (like acorns), stones, sticks, and preserved flowers are encouraged for decoration.

      • Rope or string, as well as cloth, cotton, and yarn.

      • Craft, super glues and epoxy are allowed. 

      • Cardboard and paper is not recommended, but laminated cardboard (i.e. milk cartons or other coated cardboards) is allowed.

      • Nails, screws, or metal wires, and if utilized, should be concealed unless they are part of the design.

    • Prohibited materials:

      • School glue, hot glue, and tape is prohibited, as they break down quickly.

      • Living organisms are not allowed.

      • Plastics, glass, ceramic, nonnative seeds, glitter, and feathers are strictly forbidden.

    • Finishing Touches

      • Paints must be non-toxic and should be of natural colors.

      • A coat of varnish, like Modge Podge, is encouraged to extend the life of your fairy house.

      • Please note, fairy houses will be cleaned up/picked up as they break down over time due to weather and seasonal changes. Sturdy construction is important for the lifespan of submissions!

    Judging Criteria

    Awards will be given out for each criteria and in each age category. The house that best exemplifies one of the following criteria will receive the associated award. Additionally,  a “Golden Fairy” award to the house which best represents all the criteria. 

    1. Making Magic - The fairy house displays unique creativity and is filled with fairy magic. 

    2. Forest Friendly - The fairy house looks like a natural part of the forest and benefits the local environment.

    3. Sturdy Structure - The fairy house is well-built and will hold up to the elements well.  

    4. Enchanted Excellence - The fairy house demonstrates the effort and hard work by the scouts involved. 


    Event Details for Scout Leaders

    • The parking lot will be closed on the day of the event. Scouts and materials will need to be dropped off in the cul-de-sac and vehicles will need to be parked on Hudson Ave. 

    • This event will be taking place in two shifts throughout the day with schedules as follows. 

      • The Sprites and The Dryads 9:00 am-1:00 pm

        • 9:00-10:30 am : Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 10:30 am: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 10:45 am-12:45 pm: Judging

        • 12:45 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

      • The Pixies and The Fairies 1:30pm-5:30pm

        • 1:30-3:00 pm: Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 3:00 pm: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 3:15 - 5:15 pm : Judging

        • 5:15 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

    If you have any questions, please contact Scouting@tenaflynaturecenter.org


    • 03/23/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 16
    Register

    Scouts of All Ages can Create a fairy house inspired by the beauty and magic of nature! Join us for our first ever FairyFest! Teams of scouts are challenged to create a “fairy house” for Tenafly Nature Center’s Fairy Trail. This fun, no-pressure competition aims to encourage fairy-house building, teamwork, and a sense of community. Every team that participates will receive a FairyFest fun patch for each participating scout. All fairy houses will be contributions to the Fairy Trail, and will be showcased for people in the community to enjoy! 



    There are four categories; please enter your scouts into the one appropriate for their grade level. Given the limited amount of space on the trail, there will be limited available spaces in each category. Scouts are encouraged to work as a group.

    The categories:

    The Sprites - Kindergarten-1st grade (20 slots available)

    The Pixies - 2nd-3rd grade (15 slots available)

    The Fairies - 4th-5th grade (10 slots available) 

    The Dryads - 6th grade and up (5 slots available)

    General Rules:

    1. All fairy houses must be completed, in place, and ready to be judged by the scheduled time on the day of the competition. While finishing touches may be applied on the day of the event, the majority of construction should be completed beforehand 

    2. Fairy houses must appear to be made out of natural materials. All man-made, structural components must be hidden.

    3. A detailed list of all materials used must be presented during judging. Please check the list of acceptable materials below. 

    4. During judging, scouts should be prepared to give a short description of the house, its design and construction, and what makes it special to the scouts who created it. 

    5. Houses must be portable with maximum dimensions of 18” h x 18” w x 18” d and be built on a base as they will need to be transported from the entrance to the trail on foot.

    6. Houses must have a sign or be marked with the name of the house, the troop/den number and location.

    Materials:

    • Permissible materials

      • Wood (including bark from fallen trees). Prefabricated bases (bird houses, etc.) are allowed, and should be fully decorated if used.

      • Shells, pinecones, native seeds (like acorns), stones, sticks, and preserved flowers are encouraged for decoration.

      • Rope or string, as well as cloth, cotton, and yarn.

      • Craft, super glues and epoxy are allowed. 

      • Cardboard and paper is not recommended, but laminated cardboard (i.e. milk cartons or other coated cardboards) is allowed.

      • Nails, screws, or metal wires, and if utilized, should be concealed unless they are part of the design.

    • Prohibited materials:

      • School glue, hot glue, and tape is prohibited, as they break down quickly.

      • Living organisms are not allowed.

      • Plastics, glass, ceramic, nonnative seeds, glitter, and feathers are strictly forbidden.

    • Finishing Touches

      • Paints must be non-toxic and should be of natural colors.

      • A coat of varnish, like Modge Podge, is encouraged to extend the life of your fairy house.

      • Please note, fairy houses will be cleaned up/picked up as they break down over time due to weather and seasonal changes. Sturdy construction is important for the lifespan of submissions!

    Judging Criteria

    Awards will be given out for each criteria and in each age category. The house that best exemplifies one of the following criteria will receive the associated award. Additionally,  a “Golden Fairy” award to the house which best represents all the criteria. 

    1. Making Magic - The fairy house displays unique creativity and is filled with fairy magic. 

    2. Forest Friendly - The fairy house looks like a natural part of the forest and benefits the local environment.

    3. Sturdy Structure - The fairy house is well-built and will hold up to the elements well.  

    4. Enchanted Excellence - The fairy house demonstrates the effort and hard work by the scouts involved. 


    Event Details for Scout Leaders

    • The parking lot will be closed on the day of the event. Scouts and materials will need to be dropped off in the cul-de-sac and vehicles will need to be parked on Hudson Ave. 

    • This event will be taking place in two shifts throughout the day with schedules as follows. 

      • The Sprites and The Dryads 9:00 am-1:00 pm

        • 9:00-10:30 am : Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 10:30 am: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 10:45 am-12:45 pm: Judging

        • 12:45 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

      • The Pixies and The Fairies 1:30pm-5:30pm

        • 1:30-3:00 pm: Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 3:00 pm: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 3:15 - 5:15 pm : Judging

        • 5:15 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

    If you have any questions, please contact Scouting@tenaflynaturecenter.org


    • 03/23/2024
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 8
    Register

    Scouts of All Ages can Create a fairy house inspired by the beauty and magic of nature! Join us for our first ever FairyFest! Teams of scouts are challenged to create a “fairy house” for Tenafly Nature Center’s Fairy Trail. This fun, no-pressure competition aims to encourage fairy-house building, teamwork, and a sense of community. Every team that participates will receive a FairyFest fun patch for each participating scout. All fairy houses will be contributions to the Fairy Trail, and will be showcased for people in the community to enjoy! 



    There are four categories; please enter your scouts into the one appropriate for their grade level. Given the limited amount of space on the trail, there will be limited available spaces in each category. Scouts are encouraged to work as a group.

    The categories:

    The Sprites - Kindergarten-1st grade (20 slots available)

    The Pixies - 2nd-3rd grade (15 slots available)

    The Fairies - 4th-5th grade (10 slots available) 

    The Dryads - 6th grade and up (5 slots available)

    General Rules:

    1. All fairy houses must be completed, in place, and ready to be judged by the scheduled time on the day of the competition. While finishing touches may be applied on the day of the event, the majority of construction should be completed beforehand 

    2. Fairy houses must appear to be made out of natural materials. All man-made, structural components must be hidden.

    3. A detailed list of all materials used must be presented during judging. Please check the list of acceptable materials below. 

    4. During judging, scouts should be prepared to give a short description of the house, its design and construction, and what makes it special to the scouts who created it. 

    5. Houses must be portable with maximum dimensions of 18” h x 18” w x 18” d and be built on a base as they will need to be transported from the entrance to the trail on foot.

    6. Houses must have a sign or be marked with the name of the house, the troop/den number and location.

    Materials:

    • Permissible materials

      • Wood (including bark from fallen trees). Prefabricated bases (bird houses, etc.) are allowed, and should be fully decorated if used.

      • Shells, pinecones, native seeds (like acorns), stones, sticks, and preserved flowers are encouraged for decoration.

      • Rope or string, as well as cloth, cotton, and yarn.

      • Craft, super glues and epoxy are allowed. 

      • Cardboard and paper is not recommended, but laminated cardboard (i.e. milk cartons or other coated cardboards) is allowed.

      • Nails, screws, or metal wires, and if utilized, should be concealed unless they are part of the design.

    • Prohibited materials:

      • School glue, hot glue, and tape is prohibited, as they break down quickly.

      • Living organisms are not allowed.

      • Plastics, glass, ceramic, nonnative seeds, glitter, and feathers are strictly forbidden.

    • Finishing Touches

      • Paints must be non-toxic and should be of natural colors.

      • A coat of varnish, like Modge Podge, is encouraged to extend the life of your fairy house.

      • Please note, fairy houses will be cleaned up/picked up as they break down over time due to weather and seasonal changes. Sturdy construction is important for the lifespan of submissions!

    Judging Criteria

    Awards will be given out for each criteria and in each age category. The house that best exemplifies one of the following criteria will receive the associated award. Additionally,  a “Golden Fairy” award to the house which best represents all the criteria. 

    1. Making Magic - The fairy house displays unique creativity and is filled with fairy magic. 

    2. Forest Friendly - The fairy house looks like a natural part of the forest and benefits the local environment.

    3. Sturdy Structure - The fairy house is well-built and will hold up to the elements well.  

    4. Enchanted Excellence - The fairy house demonstrates the effort and hard work by the scouts involved. 


    Event Details for Scout Leaders

    • The parking lot will be closed on the day of the event. Scouts and materials will need to be dropped off in the cul-de-sac and vehicles will need to be parked on Hudson Ave. 

    • This event will be taking place in two shifts throughout the day with schedules as follows. 

      • The Sprites and The Dryads 9:00 am-1:00 pm

        • 9:00-10:30 am : Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 10:30 am: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 10:45 am-12:45 pm: Judging

        • 12:45 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

      • The Pixies and The Fairies 1:30pm-5:30pm

        • 1:30-3:00 pm: Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 3:00 pm: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 3:15 - 5:15 pm : Judging

        • 5:15 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

    If you have any questions, please contact Scouting@tenaflynaturecenter.org


    • 03/23/2024
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    Scouts of All Ages can Create a fairy house inspired by the beauty and magic of nature! Join us for our first ever FairyFest! Teams of scouts are challenged to create a “fairy house” for Tenafly Nature Center’s Fairy Trail. This fun, no-pressure competition aims to encourage fairy-house building, teamwork, and a sense of community. Every team that participates will receive a FairyFest fun patch for each participating scout. All fairy houses will be contributions to the Fairy Trail, and will be showcased for people in the community to enjoy! 



    There are four categories; please enter your scouts into the one appropriate for their grade level. Given the limited amount of space on the trail, there will be limited available spaces in each category. Scouts are encouraged to work as a group.

    The categories:

    The Sprites - Kindergarten-1st grade (20 slots available)

    The Pixies - 2nd-3rd grade (15 slots available)

    The Fairies - 4th-5th grade (10 slots available) 

    The Dryads - 6th grade and up (5 slots available)

    General Rules:

    1. All fairy houses must be completed, in place, and ready to be judged by the scheduled time on the day of the competition. While finishing touches may be applied on the day of the event, the majority of construction should be completed beforehand 

    2. Fairy houses must appear to be made out of natural materials. All man-made, structural components must be hidden.

    3. A detailed list of all materials used must be presented during judging. Please check the list of acceptable materials below. 

    4. During judging, scouts should be prepared to give a short description of the house, its design and construction, and what makes it special to the scouts who created it. 

    5. Houses must be portable with maximum dimensions of 18” h x 18” w x 18” d and be built on a base as they will need to be transported from the entrance to the trail on foot.

    6. Houses must have a sign or be marked with the name of the house, the troop/den number and location.

    Materials:

    • Permissible materials

      • Wood (including bark from fallen trees). Prefabricated bases (bird houses, etc.) are allowed, and should be fully decorated if used.

      • Shells, pinecones, native seeds (like acorns), stones, sticks, and preserved flowers are encouraged for decoration.

      • Rope or string, as well as cloth, cotton, and yarn.

      • Craft, super glues and epoxy are allowed. 

      • Cardboard and paper is not recommended, but laminated cardboard (i.e. milk cartons or other coated cardboards) is allowed.

      • Nails, screws, or metal wires, and if utilized, should be concealed unless they are part of the design.

    • Prohibited materials:

      • School glue, hot glue, and tape is prohibited, as they break down quickly.

      • Living organisms are not allowed.

      • Plastics, glass, ceramic, nonnative seeds, glitter, and feathers are strictly forbidden.

    • Finishing Touches

      • Paints must be non-toxic and should be of natural colors.

      • A coat of varnish, like Modge Podge, is encouraged to extend the life of your fairy house.

      • Please note, fairy houses will be cleaned up/picked up as they break down over time due to weather and seasonal changes. Sturdy construction is important for the lifespan of submissions!

    Judging Criteria

    Awards will be given out for each criteria and in each age category. The house that best exemplifies one of the following criteria will receive the associated award. Additionally,  a “Golden Fairy” award to the house which best represents all the criteria. 

    1. Making Magic - The fairy house displays unique creativity and is filled with fairy magic. 

    2. Forest Friendly - The fairy house looks like a natural part of the forest and benefits the local environment.

    3. Sturdy Structure - The fairy house is well-built and will hold up to the elements well.  

    4. Enchanted Excellence - The fairy house demonstrates the effort and hard work by the scouts involved. 


    Event Details for Scout Leaders

    • The parking lot will be closed on the day of the event. Scouts and materials will need to be dropped off in the cul-de-sac and vehicles will need to be parked on Hudson Ave. 

    • This event will be taking place in two shifts throughout the day with schedules as follows. 

      • The Sprites and The Dryads 9:00 am-1:00 pm

        • 9:00-10:30 am : Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 10:30 am: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 10:45 am-12:45 pm: Judging

        • 12:45 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

      • The Pixies and The Fairies 1:30pm-5:30pm

        • 1:30-3:00 pm: Arrival, Check in, and Set-up

        • 3:00 pm: Event Kickoff together in the Parking Lot

        • 3:15 - 5:15 pm : Judging

        • 5:15 pm - Announcement of results in the parking lot and departure

    If you have any questions, please contact Scouting@tenaflynaturecenter.org


    • 03/24/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 7
    Register

    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.

    FREE

    • 03/29/2024
    • 04/05/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Snapping Turtle Campsite
    • 20
    Register

    March 29th & Monday, April 1st-Friday, April 5th 

    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.

    Spring-themed activities may include visits with live animals and hiking through the trails. 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 outdoors. Children must be bathroom independent-staff do not go into the restroom with campers. Register for individual days.
    *Please check your child's spring break schedule. We follow Tenafly Public School calendar* 

    Full Day $100/day
    Full 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 Spring Camp Participant Daily Checklist 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 systemPROCARE.

    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. 

    • 03/29/2024
    • 04/05/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Chipmunk Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Friday, March 29th & Monday, April 1st-Friday, April 5th

    Some dates re FULL. Email the Camp Director to register. Space still available for: 
    Friday, March 29th
    Friday, April 5th

    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.

    Spring-themed activities may include visits with live animals and hiking through the trails. 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.

    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. Camp will be outdoors. Register for individual days. *Please check your child's break. We follow Tenafly Public School calendar*

    Full Day $100
    Full day is 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Monday-Friday Full Day $475

    Half Day $65
    AM Half day is 9:00am-12:00pm or PM Half day is 12:00pm-3:00pm 
    Monday-Friday Half Day $300

    Children should bring a refillable water bottle, two snacks, and lunch. Layers and rain gear are recommended (rain boots, jacket, hat, etc.). A Spring Camp Participant Daily Checklist 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. Use the link to log into our online health systemPROCARE. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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. 

    • 03/29/2024
    • 04/05/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Chipmunk Campsite
    • 10
    Register

    Monday, April 1st-Friday, April 5th

    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 Spring 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. (May take up to a week to receive email)

    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. 

    • 03/30/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 13
    Register

    It's that time of year! TNC needs special helpers to assist our education staff at our annual egg hunt! We are seeking volunteers who are interested in helping our education staff hide naturally dyed eggs and oversee our three egg hunt sessions for local children and their families. It is a fun time for all!



    Volunteers must be 14 or older. Hours spent helping with our egg hunts are eligible for school volunteer requirements. The event will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    • 03/30/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    • TNC Visitor Center
    • 23
    Register

    Join us for a new twist on searching for eggs! Children will search the forest at Tenafly Nature Center for naturally dyed eggs in camouflage colors.  Please bring your own basket. All ages are welcome.






    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be held entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. No strollers please. 



    • 03/30/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM