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.


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, Closter Nature Center is open to all, providing well-marked trails, school and after-school classes, 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 1947 to webpage


An independent, non-governmental advocate for the Hackensack River, Hackensack Riverkeeper was founded on one simple premise: Human beings, in fact all living creatures, have an inherent right to clean water 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 New Jersey Chapter 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


A New Jersey Meadowlands Commission facility operated at Dekorte Park in Lyndhurst by Ramapo College Of New Jersey, the Meadowlands Environment Center was formed to increase awareness and enjoyment of the vital ecosystem of the Meadowlands to website


A community-oriented AmeriCorps environmental program coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors are placed in watershed management areas across the state to serve the educational water-related interests of their local communities to webpage


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 to website


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

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


A non-profit, independent, member-supported nature preserve, the mission of Tenafly Nature Center is to protect nearly 400 wooded acres, all of its inhabitants, and to teach the next generations to do the sameto website