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Tenafly Nature Center is excited to provide parents three different non traditional education opportunities for their students to learn with us here at TNC. Through these programs TNC will introduce participants to ecological and biological principals, facilitating an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. Children will become familiar with plants and animals throughout New Jersey and discover how humans affect the environment.

Register for pre-selected dates and times or schedule a private experience here at Tenafly Nature Center. 

Nature Enrichment
Open Enrollment Weekday Series

Palisades Outdoor Nature Discovery Series
Multi Nature Center Weekday Series

Homeschool Groups & Pods
Private programs for your group or pod

Nature Enrichment

An outdoor, in-person, hands-on school program series, Nature Enrichment uses engaging grade-specific curriculum to enable students to develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them as they engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge. These core ideas build on each other, and on what they’re learning throughout the school year. 

Programs are held rain, snow, or shine except in the case of severe inclement weather. Students should wear seasonally appropriate closed toed footwear (no flip-flops, crocs or any open-toed or soft-soled shoes). In case of rain pack a raincoat or a poncho (no umbrellas please). During the winter months please dress warmly. To determine best age group, use the grade your child is entering in September to determine the appropriate enrichment series age group for your child.

If you are a homeschooling group interested in setting up a separate series for your group, please contact our Field Trip & TNC to Go Coordinator.

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Experience wonders of nature and science at the Tenafly Nature Center. Students learn about the different cycles, adaptations, and processes that occur throughout our natural world as they are introduced to topics, such as food webs, habitats, and metamorphosis. Sessions may feature stories, hikes, experiments, hands-on activities, games, artifacts and LIVE animal encounters.

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.

Make amazing discoveries about the world we live in! Create a hypothesis, run through experiments, draw conclusions with the Scientific Method is the basis for this series, designed to give students a deeper look at basic environmental science. Sessions will feature hands-on experiments to help solidify environmental concepts; students will gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

What can we do to help preserve it for future generations? This nine-week session will develop skills and knowledge for translating the theory and concepts of resource and environmental management into practice relevant to communities and workplaces today. Students will learn what it truly means to be a steward of the Earth by applying monitoring and environmental management tools used by resource and environmental practitioners.


Please note that although this is a series we are now offering daily options. There will be no refund for a missed class. In the event that TNC needs to cancel due to inclement weather we will reschedule to a set rain/snow date.

Additional siblings will be given a discounted price.

See individual events in UPCOMING DATES for specifics

Program Guidelines and Procedures

Please visit our Registration and Policies page for any questions you may have regarding how programs will operate.

Program and Cancellation Policies

Please visit our Registration and Policies page for any questions you may have regarding registration and cancellation policies.

Upcoming Dates

Space is Limited
Pre-registration required
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Palisades Outdoor Nature Discovery Series (POND)

Looking for extra enrichment opportunities?

Homeschool students and those looking for extra enrichment opportunities, are invited to join educators from Tenafly Nature Center, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, and Flat Rock Brook as we introduce basic botany and discover how to identify aquatic macro-organisms. Each session will feature hands-on/minds-on exploration perfect for a budding to intermediate naturalist. Meet other home school families while kids strengthen their knowledge and appreciation for the environment.

Students will strengthen their knowledge and appreciation for the environment while exploring unique outdoor ecosystems in small socially distanced groups. Group sizes are strictly limited, so reserve your space today.

Students should wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, and closed-toe footwear. Please no hand-held devices. The program will take place outdoors (rain or shine). In the event of inclement weather, the program may be cancelled or rescheduled.

  • For families with children 5-12 years old.
  • 100% outdoors.
  • This program is run as a series.
  • This is a drop off program.
  • Attendance is for the registered participant only.

Upcoming Dates

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Pre-registration required

Each week will be held at a different nature center please click on the event for details. 
Please note, session topics are the same, please register for ONE preferred time slot.

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Home School Groups & Pods

More than 1100 groups come to the Tenafly Nature Center each year. With their boundless curiosity, they touch, observe and listen to the natural world.

Groups and collectives of home school families are welcome to schedule private experiences and lessons with TNC! Join our professional educators as they bring classroom concepts to life and lead your group in hands-on learning and close observations in our 380-acre living museum.

  • Each program is 90-minutes long 

  • A non-refundable deposit for a program covers 10 children. Groups of fewer than 10 are welcome, but the deposit charge is required to secure a time slot.

  • Programs require one parent per home school group.
  • Additional parents are welcome to stay or drop-off; parents are always free.

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