The Nature Program Cooperative

The Nature Program Cooperative brings together the knowledge and resources of nature centers, parks, and environmental educators in northeastern New Jersey. Working together with shared programming throughout the year, we are able to offer greater opportunities to explore and enjoy our region’s natural side.

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Meet our participating organizations…

As members of Bergen County Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, we share a love of birds and a concern for the environment. Our mission is to promote and protect wildlife in its natural habitat by providing opportunities for observation and conservation to website

Located in Van Saun County Park in Paramus, the Bergen County Zoological Park is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Our mission is to instill in our guests a strong sense of appreciation and understanding of wildlife and wild places to webpage

A non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the Upper Hackensack River Watershed. From our beginnings in 1988, Bergen SWAN has been aggressively pursuing the preservation of the watershed buffer forests around our drinking water reservoirs to website

A beautiful oasis in suburban Closter, with 136 acres of ponds, brooks, meadows, and forests to explore, the Closter Nature Center is open to all, providing well-marked trails, after-school and Scout programs, informative lectures, and summer programs for children to website

Open to all persons, every day of the year, in addition to preserving and protecting important open space here in the midst of a large metropolitan area, Demarest Nature Center seeks to educate young and old alike as to the beauty of nature and the importance of protecting our environment to website

A 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center provides environmental education programs for schools and the general public in order to generate understanding and appreciation of nature and to instill a sense of responsibility and knowledge of the means to protect the natural world and its resources for future generations to website

Since our founding in 1952, Fyke Nature Association has not only been a force for preservation, managing The Celery Farm in Allendale, but a forum where people can educate themselves and share their love of the natural world to website

A 165-acre woodland preserve on top of the Palisades in Tenafly and Alpine, Greenbrook Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the use of its members by the Palisades Nature Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1946 to webpage

A member of Waterkeeper Alliance, Hackensack Riverkeeper was founded on one simple premise: Human beings, in fact all living creatures, have an inherent right to clean water. As such the organization employs a strategy of environmental action, advocacy education & litigation to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River and its watershed to website

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Exploring the Hackensack with Riverkeeper. (Keep an eye on our calendar at the top of this page for Riverkeeper tours scheduled specially for the NPC!)

Representing all sport fishermen of the Hudson River, the objectives of the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We also assist in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing to website

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At “Hooked on the Hudson,” an annual springtime event sponsored by the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. (Check our calendar for this year’s date – and don’t forget to visit with the NPC groups who will be at the event while you’re there!)

Managed by New Jersey Audubon, Lorrimer Sanctuary, in Franklin Lakes, offers educational programs and has a visitors’ center and a self-guiding trail system that winds through 14 acres of land to webpage

The Bergen-Passaic Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a member of a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey​. The aim of our chapter is to promote native plants in NJ thru education, to encourage the removal of invasive non-native species, to foster bird, butterfly and beneficial insect habitats, guided nature walks, and native plant/seed exchanges. to website

A nonprofit corporation dedicated to the restoration of the wildlife habitat of Overpeck Park in Leonia and Palisades Park, Overpeck Preserve Inc., in partnership with Bergen County Parks, balances open space with passive recreational and educational use.

A National Natural and Historic Landmark along the western shore of the Hudson River, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey encompasses 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs to website

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At “Hawks Over the Hudson,” annual fall NPC event held at State Line Lookout at the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

Teaneck Creek Conservancy is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to the reclamation and protection of the environmental, cultural, and historical legacy of the Teaneck Creek watershed to website

Tenafly Nature Center is a non-profit, independent, member-supported nature preserve, whose mission is to steward its nearly 400 wooded acres, for the purposes of conservation, education and recreation. Since 1961, TNC has nurtured an appreciation for nature, been a leader in open-space preservation and in environmental education for our community and beyondto website

Located in Glen Rock, the Thielke Arboretum is an 11-acre fresh water wetland and certified wildlife habitat maintained by volunteers. It contains perennial flowerbeds, a spring-fed pond, a brook, and a noteworthy variety of trees. The arboretum contains many native species, as well as fern and newly planted wildflower gardens. The Arboretum is open dawn to dusk for all to explore. We offer programs for adults and children and a diverse range of docent led school programs. Children will especially love our seasonally changing StoryWalk® to website

Since 1992 the Wildlife Conservation and Education Center has been providing educational exhibits and programs on bats and bat conservation. Dedicated to the preservation of Earth’s only true flying mammal, the Center is also home to many other exotic and native New Jersey species of reptiles, birds, and mammals, offering in-house programs as well as popular outreach programs to website

Is your environmental organization in northeastern New Jersey interested in joining the Nature Program Cooperative? Here are our criteria for membership:

  • All member organizations have a mission of preservation & education
  • All member organizations provide environmental education opportunities to members of all other organizations' membership. (Non-members also welcome.)
  • All member organizations must be involved in the organization and must have a representative present at scheduled meetings.

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