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Tenafly Nature Center Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Mission: The stewardship of nearly 400 wooded acres for the purposes of conservation, education and recreation. Vision: A community that feels a strong connection to the natural world and actively partners with us to promote the highest level of biodiversity possible for our natural areas.

Target demographics: Since 1961, TNC has nurtured an appreciation for nature, been a leader in open-space preservation and environmental education for our community and beyond.

Geographic areas served: Tenafly, NJ, Bergen County, and Beyond.

Programs: Our professional Environmental Educators are available for questions from the community and offer a wide variety of programming to over 1100 groups of area families, adults, and children each year. With their boundless curiosity, they touch, observe and listen to the natural world. Our programs are designed for all ages and are available daily throughout the year. Virtual, field trips, TNC to go (outreach) programs, and after school enrichment programs are designed for groups of families, schools, scouts, libraries, garden clubs, seniors, adult groups, and more. Designed to instill an appreciation of the wonders of the natural world.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tenafly Nature Center has been the star attraction of our past 7 fundraisers. They educate and the animals charm.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Tenafly Nature Center was a big part of my happy childhood in Tenafly, during the 1960's and 1970's, when my family lived in Tenafly.

J. Richard Frazier

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the Tenafly Nature Center. My daughter had a really fun and unique 7th birthday party at the TNC. We go hiking frequently on the trails. And now while my daughter’s school is shut down, she’s able to attend an in-person, safe, after school program at the TNC. We are so grateful for the TNC.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tenafly Nature Center is a very special place. It brings awareness to the general public about the importance of nature preservation and protecting the environment. It's a great resource for the community and offers great educational programs to kids and adults alike. A true jewel in the heart of Tenafly.

Caty V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was wonderful to be able to get outdoors and safely hike during this pandemic. TNC has done a fantastic job of offering high interest activities for the children where they can be outdoors learning about nature. My daughter is now 10 and we still enjoy walking through the trails doing the story walk.

Christina H.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Always an amazing experience and highly trained staff. I love that this is part of our community. We had our son's birthday party here a few years ago and the staff was so engaging and the kids loved it. We also enjoy a lot of their offerings such as summer camp, moonlight hikes and more.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always open and good for families as well as solo hikers. Outstanding trail maintenance. First rate educational programs for children and the community. A real gem of a place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have had so many great experiences at the Tenafly Nature Center. I have brought both of my daughters' Girl Scout troops here where we have gone on night hikes, tried apple cidering and maple sugaring, and sang songs around the campfire. As a family, we have hiked their various trails and planted trees. There is always something fun and exciting to do and learn at the Tenafly Nature Center!

Donor

Rating: 5

TNC, while being a protective force for untouched forested land, teaches important values to current and next generations of good citizens. Children are taught and shown the wildlife our region supports and how our lives affect their survival. Anyone who visits the center or walks its trails can appreciate the beauty their ecological responsibility brings. It’s a cherished haven for area residents. Our community is better because of TNC.

Donor

Rating: 5

the only locally accessible naturecenter to stay open throughour COVID Lockdown. a real gem!!

Nadine S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Tenafly Nature Center is my refuge and home away from home. It's where I feel safe, where I can destress, where I can bond with my children and where I can walk freely without fear of infection. My children have enjoyed the numerous camps they have had there and I am and will continue to be a supporter of this center.

Katharine K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The TNC Is a wonderful place that offers unique programming for kids and adults alike! My family has been going regularly for 20 years and I feel it’s one of the best parts of living in Tenafly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I grew up in Tenafly and loved visiting the Tenafly Nature Center regularly. It was and remains a sanctuary for our community. I recall birthday parties, family walks, and animal sightings. I even volunteered here when I was in high school in the 1990s. Moving back to Tenafly later in life as a parent myself, I have been delighted to connect my children to this special place. We are lifetime members and my children love going to the TNC. It was a particularly comforting place at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic when everything was closed including school. Our frequent walks brought much needed smiles to all of our faces. We treasure this oasis. As an environmental non-profit professional myself, I know how hard it can be to sustain programs in such unusual times. Tenafly Nature Center goes above and beyond in its offerings, management, and protection of this land which is so vital to our community on many levels.