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Closter Nature Center Association

Conservation - Education - Recreation

Closter, NJ   |  https://closternaturecenter.org

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Mission

Closter Nature Center is dedicated to conservation-education-recreation; the preservation of 136-acres of forested wetlands including three miles of hiking trails; the idea that hands-on education and enjoyment of our natural world is important and necessary. Closter Nature Center offers a variety of educational opportunities year-round including after school programs, in-school programs, special events including lectures and guided hikes. Closter Nature Center, a participating site in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count is located 12 miles from NYC, in Closter, NJ.

Ruling year info

1965

President, Board of Directors

Joel Rudin

Main address

P.O. Box 80

Closter, NJ 07624 USA

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EIN

22-1697777

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our forest is in crisis. Closter Nature Center is simultaneously faced with unprecedented environmental challenges-- invasive insects killing trees, climate change, erosion, an overpopulation of deer and invasive plants crowding out native species. Within the next few years our forest is projected to lose 1,000 trees or 10% of the forest canopy. It will take much funding and many years to restore the forest ecosystem and ensure its resilience for future generations.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Year-round Education Programs Pre-K to grade 8

Closter Nature Center offers year-round after-school and summer programs for children ages pre-K to grade 8. Our educational programs, led by our naturalist takes the students on fun explorations to learn hands on about the natural world.

Population(s) Served

Students of all ages visit Closter Nature Center for School Field Trips. Students and teachers embark on a guided hike with our naturalist to learn hands on about the natural world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Closter Nature Center is a steward of 136-acres of forested wetlands protected under Green Acres.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Closter Nature Center's long-term goals are:
-Continue to provide our community with a safe space for all to experience the natural world
-Uphold our mission of conservation-education-recreation though year-round educational programs and events
-Forest Reforestation Project anticipated launch Spring 2024 - a multi-year initiative to restore the forest ecosystem and ensure its resilience for future generations
-Grow and enhance the educational program offering
-Grow our volunteer program
-Increase our visibility
-Increase class enrollment
-Increase our membership rolls
-Increase grant funding
-Increase small dollar donations
-Refurbish the cabin - built in 1967

-To increase our visibility in our community, CNC will utilize direct mail, socials & participate in community events
-Reforestation Project- To address the issues facing the forest we consulted with experts to devise a multi-year reforestation plan. Crucial funding is needed to pay for the reforestation. A fundraising program and multi-faceted marketing campaign has been developed and will include eg. website, carrd.co, socials, direct mail, email, press release, etc.
-To refurbish the cabin we will seek grant funding, including the prospect of naming rights, corporate sponsorship and donations from our community
-Increase our fundraising efforts

Because funding will be critical to our endeavors, our newly hired (Jan. 2024) full-time Executive Director will focus on securing grant funding, from identifying prospective grant makers through to the grant application submission process. In addition, he will develop other avenues of fundraising such as special events as well as grow our educational program offering and volunteer programs. Closter Nature Centers part-time on-site naturalist runs the education programs on-site and at local schools.
To maintain the grounds and ensure the successful daily operations, Closter Nature Center relies heavily on volunteers as well as our hands on board members. From leading trail maintenance and guided hikes, to planning the education programs and schedule, to publicity and marketing, our volunteers and board members are crucial to our operations.

-Newly created full-time position of Executive Director was filled in Jan. 24 and training is underway
-Reforestation: We have retained experts to evaluate and develop a multi-faceted long-term plan for restoring the forest. Work has begun through clearing of felled trees and installation of plantings coupled with deer exclosures- a necessary element to protect each newly planted sapling for the first few years. A multi-faceted marketing campaign is in development.
-Completed a Direct Mail campaign in support of our Fall '23 education programs. The DM campaign was made possible by a grant from Rockland Electric


How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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Closter Nature Center Association

Board of directors
as of 01/27/2024
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Board chair

Joel Rudin

Adri Lindgren

Kim Goldup

Lori Spechler

Danny Fang

Sarah Chung

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes