Family Nature Club: Nature Adventurers

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Family Nature Club!

Nature play is playing WITH nature, not just IN nature, and is a great way to interact with nature no matter your experience level or play style. Run, climb, build, dig, or even just sit and experience the sounds, smells, and sights of the outdoors. Family Nature Club (FNC) will visit different nature locations within the Essex County South Mountain Reservation each month.

See below for more details about Family Nature Club and what it’s all about.  Family Nature Club does not include zoo admission.  Family Nature Club does not always meet at TBZ; you will receive detailed instructions if we plan to not meet at the zoo.


Rock On!: Sunday, February 14th, 1-3 PM

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with your friends and family? Take a walk on the geology side as we explore our foundation with the ‘rock’ in your life. Meets at Tulip Springs, 64 Cherry Ln, West Orange, NJ 07052, parking lot, not at TBZ. Restroom not available on-site.

2/14’s Rock On! hike was a big hit!  FNC’s Nature Adventurers explored some local geology and nature’s beauty in the form of a little, local, frozen waterfall.


Upcoming Spring 2021 Dates and Themes!

Farewell, Winter!: Sunday, March 14th, 1-3 PM

Springtime is right around the corner, but first we need to bid winter adieu. Join us as we explore the transition from winter to spring, and look forward to the season to come! Meets at Locust Grove, Milburn NJ, not at TBZ. Restroom not available on-site.

Spring Shindig: Sunday, March 28th, 1-3 PM

Springtime, what a wonderful season! Bring your camera, because we’re going on a springtime nature scavenger hunt. Meets at parking lot across from Regatta Playground (Cherry Lane, West Orange NJ), Restroom not available on-site.

Where to go: If you need further directions, please email

Register for March FNC Programs here:  FNC March Registration


Family Nature Club (FNC) is all about playing in the best classroom there is: the outdoors! Join us as we discover local aquatic wildlife, from insects to fish. Our hikes start at 1pm and last up to 2 hours.

What is Nature Play? Nature play is playing WITH nature, not just IN nature, and is a great way to interact with nature no matter your experience level or play style. Run, climb, build, dig, or even just sit and experience the sounds, smells, and sights of the outdoors. 

Family Nature Club is a great activity for your family. Please register each person in your family group.

Covid-19 Health and Safety. Everyone will be outside, but we’ll expect each family to physically distance themselves from the other families. Per the Essex County Health Department, face coverings must be worn in order to participate in the program.

Family Nature Club does not include zoo admission. You can purchase zoo admission separately at if you’d like to attend the zoo earlier in the day. The zoo will be closed by the time the FNC program has concluded for the day.

Family Nature Club backpacks, filled with nature play goodies, are available for purchase on the day of your event ($10 cash only). Please email your interest in purchasing a backpack to before the event. See below for more details about the backpacks.

Who Should Come
Nature Adventurers is for all ages and all abilities, though best recommended for 6+. There’s something for everybody- teens and adults are invited and encouraged to join in the fun, not just little ones!  If you have accessibility concerns, please contact your Nature Play Leader, Katie Fenyar at 973-731-5800 ext. 230 or who will work with you to accommodate.

What to Bring

  • Close-toed shoes and long pants (recommended for playing in tall grasses and the woods)
  • Reusable water bottle*
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, raincoat, poncho, or other seasonal or weather gear
  • Epi-pens, inhalers, or any other necessary medications for anyone in your family
  • A camera to capture the memories
  • Your imagination and eagerness to have fun!

What Not to Bring

  • Anything you don’t want to get dirty, wet, broken, or lost
  • Electronic devices you might get glued to (phones are ok if you’re just taking pictures). We will be ‘unplugging’ and do not want the electronics to become a distraction.
  • Grumpy attitude!

*NEW! Nature Adventurers Backpacks
We now have drawstring, water-resistant backpacks available with your own starter kit of adventuring supplies to take home! These are not required but recommended if you intend to come often or go on your own adventures outside of our meetups (or both!). Inside you’ll find:

  • a reusable water bottle
  • a telescoping net
  • a blank nature journal
  • colored pencils and sharpener
  • a laminated copy of the Nature Adventurers Handbook
  • a guide for Nature Play Resources that we recommend including books, websites, and apps
  • a water-resistant pencil case
  • 3 animal print adhesive bandages
  • a small bug jar with a magnifying lid
  • 2 Nature Adventurers stickers
  • paracord

These are while supplies last. We have them in the following color themes: Magenta, Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Lime Green/Black, Forest Green, Teal/Bright Orange, Light Blue, Royal Blue. When purchasing a ticket with a backpack, please indicate what color(s) you would like. If you do not select a color or we run out of that color, we will select one for you.

Cancellation with refund may be made up to 7 days before the originally scheduled date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time. Cancellations may be made by phone at 973-731-5800 ext. 230 or email:

  • Date October 1, 2020
  • Tags Conservation, Education, Family Play, Nature, Science, South Mountain Recreation Complex

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