313 Hudson Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Description: Families with children age 5 and older can enjoy real maple syrup on pancakes made on a griddle in the nature center's pavilion. First, participants will learn how to identify a maple tree, hear about the history of syrup making, and find out how technology has changed the way sap is harvested. The group will check actual tapped trees at the nature center and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste on their special breakfast. Registration is required. No strollers. Coffee and hot cocoa will be served with pancakes.
Venue Description: The Tenafly Nature Center, which opened in 1961, is a 400-acre nature preserve in Bergen County dedicated to protecting its inhabitants and providing environmental education to the next generation. The center is open to the public, offering activities during every season. On its nature trails, visitors can hike, cross-country ski, and snowshoe, depending on the season. TNC's Pfister's Pond is available for ice-skating during the winter.
Visitors are welcome to bird-watch and observe the wildlife that inhabits the center's woodlands. TNC is home to more than 50 species of birds and a stopover for hundreds of others during spring and fall migrations. Red fox, white-tailed deer, chipmunks, frogs, toads, salamanders, and snakes are also common sights, along with a variety of other flora and fauna.
More than 1,100 groups of children visit TNC each year. The center plans a variety of public programs, including Summer Nature Day Camp for students in pre-K through eighth grade, Seasonal Scavenger Hunt for children 4 years and older and their parents, Family Nature Walks, and more. TNC also offers after-school programs and educational programs for schools, home schools, and scouts; professional development for teachers; and birthday party packages.