• Atlantic County

    Warren E. Fox Nature Center
    Estell Manor Park, 109 Boulevard Rt 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Phone: 609-625-1897.

    Stop into the Nature Center – it is full of information in the form of displays, brochures, and our dedicated staff. We have a display of trees and their leaves, for those of you that are stuck on that school project. There are stuffed animals, so you can see what a certain animal really looks like. We have artifacts from Native Americans, the Glassworks and the Bethlehem Loading Company. If you don’t see it in our Nature Center, just ask. Our Naturalists have an extensive knowledge of the natural world. Besides, if they don’t know, they have a large library in which to search.

    Bergen County

    Demarest Nature Center
    90 Park St., Demarest, NJ 07627.

    More of a sanctuary than a nature center as there are no displays, exhibits, etc. 55 acres of trails.

    Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
    443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Phone: 201-567-1265.

    Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is a 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, New Jersey. A network of self-guiding trails leads to a cascading stream, wetlands, ponds, wildflower meadows, quarry cliffs and woodland. The diversity of the natural landscape allows our members to observe a remarkable array of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitats. Flat Rock Brook trails and picnic area are open free to the public every day from dawn to dusk. Visitors are requested to respect the land and its natural residents, to take away only memories, and to leave behind only faint footprints.

    James A. McFaul Environmental Center
    150 Crescent Ave.,Wyckoff, NJ Phone: (201) 891-5571.

    The main building, which overlooks the waterfowl pond, has an auditorium, browsing library and nature exhibits. The 81-acre wildlife sanctuary offers nature programs and workshops. The site includes a waterfowl pond, bird shelters, a boardwalk, nature trail, memorial gazebo and natural science exhibits. The Environmental Center gardens include specialties such as flowering trees, Daffodil Hill, rhododendrons, ornamental grasses, the herb garden, a secret scented garden and various memorial plantings. A naturalized field area and woodland contain many plant species that provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species, including insects, birds and mammals.

    Meadowlands Environment Center
    2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Phone: 201-460-8300.

    New Jersey Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary
    790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Phone: (201) 891-2185.

    The visitors’ center has an exhibit and lecture room, winter bird feeding station, interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop, the proceeds of which benefit the Sanctuary. There is a self-guiding trail system that winds through the 14 acres of land. Much of the acreage is second-growth woods (mostly oak, maple, ash, and beech); and small stands of planted evergreens. The trails are open during Sanctuary hours. All plants and animals are protected — they may not be harmed, harassed or removed.

    While you are here please visit the Center, walk the trails, and browse through the gift/book shop.

    Hours: Wednesday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays

    Tenafly Nature Center
    313 Hudson Ave.,Tenafly, NJ 07670. Phone: (201) 568-6093.

    Inside the interpretive building you can browse natural history exhibits, see live animals, and find information in the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Library. Our professional educators are available for questions from the community and offer a wide assortment of activities for families, adults, and children of all ages including natural history field trips. When trails are open we welcome visitors to hike, bird-watch, observe wildlife, cross-country ski, snow-shoe and ice skate on Pfister’s Pond. Tenafly Nature Center is a sanctuary for human visitors – an island of green where bonds with nature can be renewed. Whether you have an hour or a day, our woods offer a peaceful respite from the rush of daily life.

    Burlington County

    New Jersey Audubon Rancocas Nature Center
    794 Rancocas Rd.,Mount Holly, NJ 08060. Phone (609) 261-2495.

    Visitor’s Center (museum, store, class), grounds (gardens, ponds, picnics),  and trails.

    Paws Farm Nature Center
    1105 Hainesport Mount Laurel Rd., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Phone: 856-778-8795

    Our goal is to promote a special relationship between people, their local history and environment with an emphasis on reaching out to children. Learning is designed to be fun at Paws Farm. We offer classes and story hours, animal programs and birthday parties, as well as special events throughout the year. All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more than 80 birds and animals housed here. Admission fee.

    Cape May County

    Closter Nature Center
    145 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ. Phone: (201) 750-2778

    The Closter Nature Center is a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban Closter, New Jersey, with 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows and forests to explore.

    The center is open to all local residents, providing informative monthly lectures and nature walks for the general public, as well as school or scout groups. Come explore the nature center’s educational and environmental programs today!

    New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May
    1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204. Phone: (609) 898-8848.

    Located on the Cape May Harbor, come visit us today! In addition to our many programs, the Trucksess Welcome Center features a gallery with exhibits from local artists, a nature store, a second story viewing deck and a third story viewing tower.  We even have loaner binoculars that you can use while on the deck!

    The Wetlands Institute
    1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247. Phone: (609) 368-1211.

    Essex County

    Greater Newark Conservancy's Urban Environmental And Ecological Center
    32 Prince St.,Newark, NJ 07103. Phone: (973) 642-4646

    Greater Newark Conservancy continues to expand and enhance its Urban Environmental Center in downtown Newark, NJ. What will become the Main Building of the Center is an historic 1884 former synagogue/church on Prince Street, near Springfield Avenue. This 15,800-square-foot building will be transformed into a large lecture hall/community space, environmental classrooms, a demonstration kitchen/laboratory, environmental exhibit galleries and meeting rooms. Next to the former synagogue, the Conservancy has created the Prudential Outdoor Learning Center, featuring outdoor “classroom” thematic gardens and a greenhouse for raising nursery plants and for demonstration purposes. The Center is a natural and open space where urban residents can reenergize their spirit and reduce their stress level, while at the same time inspiring young minds and educating them about the natural world.

    Gloucester County

    Scotland Run Park Nature Center
    980 East Academy Street Clayton, NJ 08312. Phone: (856) 881-0845.

    Self-guided signs that identify interesting features along the trail are being installed on Helen S. Brown Nature Trail, located behind the Nature Center. A new playground, located in the picnic area near the beach, is nearly complete. So come on down and check out the new stuff.

    Mercer County

    Buttinger Nature Center
    31 Titus Mill Rd.,Pennington NJ 08534. Phone: (609) 737-7592.

    The Buttinger Nature Center is your starting point for your adventure at the Watershed Reserve. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can explore our two Discovery Rooms and meet our animals – including snakes, turtles, fish and insects. Enjoy our assortment of seasonal displays and hands-on exhibits. Plus check out our Demonstration Bee Hive and Solar Powered Doll House. Visit the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House (in season) to learn about our insect friends and the importance of protecting our natural habitats.

    Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
    355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd.,Titusville, NJ 08560. Phone: (609) 737-0623.

    Outdoor nature education programs are offered for schools, youth groups, community organizations and visitors to the park. Open Wednesday through Sunday, year round. For information, call (609) 737-0609. Check the Calendar of Events for current programs offered by the Interpretive Center at Washington Crossing State Park. Trails leading from the Interpretive Center take visitors through a mature mixed oak-hardwood forest, young woodlands and successional fields. A nature blind offers quiet observation of birds, deer and other mammals. The natural area supports the spring avens, a rare woodland herb of the rose family. Located within the park, on the same road as the Interpretive Center, the John W. H. Simpson observatory is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Inc. The observatory is open Friday nights April through October from 7 pm to 11 pm.

    Monmouth County

    Huber Woods Environmental Center
    25 Brown's Dock Rd., Locust, NJ 07760. Phone: (732) 872-2670 or 0336.

    View the many colorful native birds outside or play in the puppet theater.  Live turtles and snakes await your visit to the Reptile House.  Huber Woods Park also features an all-access Discovery Path, wooded trails and a beautiful picnic area with a view of the meadows and Navesink River. Explore Huber Woods with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Pick a backpack for Pre-K, Forest, Meadow or Pond. Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The Environmental Center and the Reptile House are open weekdays from 10am to 4pm, and on weekends from 10am to 5pm.

    Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
    331 Georgia Tavern Rd., Howell, NJ 07731. Phone: (732) 751-9453.

    The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world. Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment. The Environmental Center is open daily from 10am-4:30pm and until 8:30pm on Fridays only from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Center is closed on December 25.

    Poricy Park Nature Center
    345 Oak Hill Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Phone: (732) 842-5966.

    Since 1970, Poricy Park Conservancy has been preserving 250 acres of open space, wildlife and their habitats, prehistoric fossil beds, and the Historic Murray Farmhouse. Poricy Park is an exceptional ecological resource whose 250 acres make it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. Poricy Park is a regional resource, serving residents throughout New Jersey and the Tri-state area. The park is a center for environmental and cultural education, enhancing the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of nature and local history.

    Ocean County

    Cooper Environmental Center
    Cattus Island County Park 1170 Cattus Island Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08753. Phone: 732-270-6960.

    The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park. This environmentally sensitive park spans just over 500 acres and boasts several miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of the adjacent Barnegat Bay. Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center, where visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on displays along with collections of live reptiles and fish. Every weekend, the Cooper Center staff run progams throughout the day. The park also contains a beautiful Butterfly Garden. Nature discovery backpacks, adult size bicycles and GPS units are available to borrow – inquire at the reception desk.

    Forest Resource Education Center
    370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527. Phone: (732) 928-2360.

    The Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) provides free environmental education programs to groups of all ages. The FREC teaches forest stewardship at the Fall Forestry Festival and other special events to families, girl scouts, and boy scouts. FREC includes an Interpretive Center for environmental education and the New Jersey State Forest Nursery which grows seedlings for reforestation.

    Wells Mills Nature Center
    905 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown, NJ 08758. Phone: (609) 971-3085.

    Wells Mills, Ocean County’s largest park, features almost 900 acres of precious natural environments. A freshwater lake, streams, swamps, and uplands are set in New Jersey’s beautiful Pine Barrens. Extensive pine-oak forests are interspersed with Atlantic white cedar swamps freshwater bogs, and maple gum swamps. Central to the park is the Wells Mills Nature Center. Several stories high, one of its features includes an observation deck providing a view of the surrounding Pine Barrens. The Exhibit Room features a variety of displays relating to the environment and our wildlife. An eighty-seat lecture room provides indoor space for some educational programs, while outside they are conducted in the forests or over the Park’s 18 miles of marked Nature Trails.

    Passaic County

    New Jersey Audubon Weis Ecology Center
    150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456. Phone: (973) 835-2160.

    Bird Feeding Station where the feeders viewed from our observation deck attract a wide variety of birds including our resident hummingbirds during the summer; Butterfly Garden/Model Backyard Habitat May ~ September to watch the birds, butterflies, and caterpillars which frequent our garden or pick up ideas to improve your own yard;  Nature Store your nearby natural resource offering children’s gift items, field guides & books, bird feeders & accessories; stop in our Visitor Center to see our live snakes, turtle, and other seasonal/photography displays; and pick up a trail map which will open the door to the 24+ miles of trails that depart from the Weis’s private grounds to explore Norvin Green State Forest and the surrounding Highlands.

    Somerset County

    New Jersey Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
    11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, NJ Phone: (908) 766-5787

    The Hoffman estate house, added on to and renovated in 2004-5, is now New Jersey Audubon’s magnificent Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education. The Center, located in the foothills of the Highlands, boasts an environmental learning center, tree-top level observation deck, bookstore, and exhibits. Well-maintained and marked trails traverse the Sanctuary, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 1.3 miles and passing through upland deciduous forest, fields, woodland, and the floodplain along the headwaters of the Passaic River. Scherman-Hoffman is conveniently located within minutes of the Morristown National Historical Park (Jockey Hollow preserves more than 2,500 acres, including the Cross Estate), the 7,000 acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Somerset County Environmental Education Center, the Raptor Trust, Washington Valley Park’s Chimney Rock Hawk Watch, and Montclair Hawk Watch.

    Union County

    Trailside Nature & Science Center
    452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ 07092. Phone: 908-789-3670.

    Trailside Nature & Science Center is Union County’s Environmental Education Center, located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2,065-acre preserve containing woodlands, fields, lakes, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking trails. Renovated in September 2006, the Center houses 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the art exhibits, including a towering 34-foot American beech tree exhibit that fills the building’s atrium. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., 7 Days a Week, Free Admission

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