Local Nature Preserve Offers Sanctuary and Environmental Education
Nestled in the heart of Bergen County lies the Tenafly Nature Center. For over 50 years, Tenafly has been home to this sanctuary where visitors can enjoy comprehensive nature oriented classes, programs, and activities.
Need to Get Away?
Whether you’re an avid nature fan or just looking for a peaceful afternoon away from the stress of day-to-day life, Tenafly Nature Center is the place for you.
The non-profit independent member-supported nature preserve protects almost 400 wooded acres and all of its inhabitants. The nature preserve has been teaching an appreciation and understanding of nature since the 1960s with its education programs focused on nature, science and the environment.
Their programs reach over 20,000 people each year through over 1,000 on-site and outreach programs.
Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day for anyone to walk at their leisure and enjoy the sights and fresh air.
The Tenafly Nature Center hosts two ecosystems, boasting natural biodiversity as well as being actively managed with human effort too. With checklists of various plant and wildlife species, visitors and nature fans alike can learn more about the thriving greenery and animals.
Seasonal Wildlife and Plant Events
There are natural seasonal events that may be of interest to those visiting at a specific time of the year. Whether you want to hear bullfrogs at their loudest, listen for the calls of Wrens or the hoots of Owls or just look for the white blossoms of a tree along the boardwalk, every season holds a different experience.
Visitors are welcome to take a leisurely walk or enjoy a hike along the trails, but they can also join the educators monthly for guided nature walks and full moon hikes. There are seasonal StoryWalk exhibits that make reading into an adventure by walking in the woods while reading nature-themed stories. Trail running is also possible along the 7+ miles of trails. Weather permitting, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice-skating are also activities that can be enjoyed at the Tenafly Nature Center.
Want to learn more?
Visitors can enter the John A. Redfield Building, which is home to a small history museum with staff that can answer any questions about natural history, wildlife and plant species, the environment and the trails. A wide variety of programs are held in this building throughout the year and when the programs are not in progress, visitors can browse the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Natural History Library, explore many interactive exhibits, review educational brochures and look at the live education animals.
The nature center’s Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat is where visitors can relax and see the resident birds of prey at the aviary. Seasonally, the salamander and amphibian pond are also available for a closer look.
As a non-profit organization, the Tenafly Nature Center relies on membership, donations and volunteers to help with their mission.
Please visit their website at www.tenaflynaturecenter.org for more information on how to help or planning a visit.