Closter Nature Center Association

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154 Ruckman RoadCloster, NJ 07624 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Closter Nature Center Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of 136-acres in Closter, N.J. It includes 3-miles of trails, ponds, brooks, meadows, and forests maintained in a natural condition. It is an organization that promotes hiking, fishing, picnicking, nature photography, bird watching, and exploring. At the heart of Closter Nature Center is the mission to conserve natural resources, educate individuals of all ages, and to elevate recreational experiences to build a greater appreciation for the natural world. For 60 years, Closter Nature Center has provided opportunities for people to become active and at ease outdoors, to develop a greater understanding of the connection between humans and nature, and to appreciate the natural world as a source of learning and adventure. People visit Closter Nature Center for community events, group walks in the woods, family programs, and year-round classes for individuals of all ages.


In 1961, the Mayor and Council established a committee to study the prospects of a nature center. The Closter Nature Center Association (CNC) was founded in 1962. The dedicated volunteers and Trustees of today continue this very important work of maintaining open space and educational programming for the next generation.

Conservation- To preserve a significant tract of land in its natural state, with all its diversity of plants and animals.
Education- To foster appreciation for the wonders of nature and understanding of how people and these natural systems are interrelated
Recreation- To provide trails and facilities so that the land may be freely available for those who would use it to exercise, explore or relax.

The Closter Nature Center manages 136 acres of forested wetlands, including 3 miles of trails, provides a sanctuary for flora and fauna in the heart of a suburban landscape, conducts lecture series on relevant topics, employs an award-winning Naturalist, is recognized in "Best of Bergen" Magazine in "Places To Go And Things To Do" category, provides a haven for outdoor activity, engages 3,000 children annually in classrooms and at the Nature Center

Volunteerism: We are looking for volunteers who meet our current needs for diversity of backgrounds and skill sets such as: Committee & Board Membership, Trail Maintenance, Community Outreach, Program Assistant, Social Media/Marketing, Fundraising


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