High atop the New Jersey Palisades, the Tenafly Nature Center encompasses around 400 acres of unspoiled land with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Leased by the Borough of Tenafly, the purpose of this nature center is to promote conservation and provide educational programs about nature.

A visit to the Tenafly Nature Center begins with a stop at the Visitor's Center. Here guests will get to know a little bit about the type of wildlife that is abundant within the nature preserve. Educational programs take place at this visitor's center from time to time and can include learning how to make apple cider or maple sugar. Live animals are on display, and visitors can also obtain educational brochures, sign up for a newsletter or pick up a trail map.

The trails inside the Tenafly Nature Center are ideal for a number of activities including hiking, running and showshoeing.  These trails can take anywhere from only a few minutes to several hours to navigate. One of the more popular trails takes hikers past Phister's Pond, a three-acre area containing sparkling blue waters, lined with mature trees. The fact that this pond offers habitation and drinking water for wildlife makes it an excellent place to spot deer, otter and raccoon.

Children can enjoy taking part in one of the many vacation day camps that are run by this nature center. Camps include the chance to explore nature, play games, hear stories and make arts and crafts. Hiking and making S'mores are normally the highlight of these camps. Day camps are available for different age groups, and take place during the spring and summer breaks from school.

Adults will also enjoy taking part in one of the seasonal programs offered at the nature center. Some of these seasonal events include a nature walk, foot race and scavenger hunt. Trail clean-up days are also held from time to time, and volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to keep the preserve in pristine condition.

Since Tenafly Nature Center is a non-profit organization, it operates solely on donations from the public. Those who want to ensure the center is preserved for future generations are encouraged to become members. Membership has distinct advantages, and some of them include free monthly programs, newsletters and the opportunity to borrow from the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Library . Becoming involved at the nature center is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Palisades while preserving the area for future generations to enjoy.