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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

    • 06/23/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    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

    • 06/23/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center
    • 14
    Register

    Celebrate the longest day of the year and the official start of the summer with the Tenafly Nature Center! A TNC Naturalist will lead participants on a night hike to experience the sounds of summer, followed by a campfire and s'mores. 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. Social distancing in effect. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


    • 06/24/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/28/2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center Coyote Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    • 06/24/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/28/2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center Deer Campsite
    • 0
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    Rock Stars

    Please add your camper's name to our waitlist.

    Mythology and fables illustrate how humans looked to the stars for explanations on how the earth was formed. Campers keep their feet on the ground and their eyes to the skies while exploring the solar system and our own home planet. Come and focus on the natural wonders our universe offers!

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group. 
    • Full day choice only 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:
    First Priority membership opens December 1st, 2023. 
    Registration for Family Members opens January 1st, 2024. 

    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 or equivalent form. 

    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. 

    • 06/24/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/28/2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Tenafly Nature Center Chipmunk Campsite
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Solid as a Rock

    Please add your camper's name to our waitlist. Afternoon only session available. 


    Solids, liquids, and…gas! Through daily experiments and observations, campers will have an introduction to the three states of matter. Discovering how heating and cooling elements can change the state of an object, campers will head onto the trails to use the forest as a laboratory.

    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. 

    • Use the grade your child is entering next September to determine group.
    • Pre-K & K may choose Full days 9:00 am-3:00 pm or Half days. Half days are AM 9:00 am-12:00 pm or PM 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    To Register:
    First Priority membership opens December 1st, 2023. 
    Registration for Family Members opens January 1st, 2024. 

    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 or equivalent form. 

    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. 

    • 06/24/2024
    • 08/30/2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Chipmunk Campsite
    Register

    Jr. CIT's 
    7th & 8th grade students can register for our Jr. CIT program! Part camper and part helper, Jr. CITs will be put with our youngest chipmunk 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 week of Pre-K & K camp priced at $400/ week. 

    • Campers may attend multiple weeks. Each week will feature different themes and activities.
    • After registering, primary guardian will receive confirmation emails.
    • Be sure to sign up early; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

    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. 


    • 06/26/2024
    • 08/21/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Tenafly Nature Center