James A. McFaul Environmental Center
Crescent Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
(201) 891-5571
Official Website

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This 81-acre environmental center has much to offer in the way of environmental education to the general public, as well as to groups of all kinds. The Wildlife Exhibit Hall overlooks a waterfowl pond, and winding trails take visitors through woodland gardens and habitats of a wide range of animals. 25,000 daffodils on the grassy slopes of the park, along with rhododendron and azaleas, create one of the prettiest sights around.

A full calendar of activities for the family features great films dealing with our natural world, workshops, demonstrations, and programs that the entire family will enjoy and learn from.

School, scout, and other Student Groups have a special treat in store with the more than 20 programs the Center offers. They are adaptable for a wide range of grade levels and involve active group participation. Length of the programs range from 1 to 2 1/2 hours. Sense Impression (grades pre-K - Adult) uses creative activities in a one-hour outdoor walk to sharpen the senses. Snakes, Frogs & Things (grade 1 - Adult) is an indoor program that examines New Jersey's reptiles and amphibians with the help of photographs, preserved specimens and live animals. Field Study (grade 2 - Adult) has students use nets to collect and study insects. It also investigates the mammals and birds that live among the flowers of the field. Indians of New Jersey (grade 3 - Adult) looks at the ways of the Lenape Indian. Students handle artifacts and natural materials that the Indians used to survive. History and legends are studied, and the program wraps up with a walk in the forest. Honeybees (grade 1 - Adult) uses the Center's observation beehive to study this interesting and valuable creature. All the other programs are equally interesting and beneficial to students young and old.

Groups are limited to 25 students. Note that all reservations must be made in writing. Drop a letter or call for a reservation form. This is also necessary for groups of 10 or more visiting the Center without taking a program.

Hours: Grounds are open daily, sunup to sundown. Museum building open weekdays, 8am - 4:45pm, and weekends & holidays, 1 - 4:45pm. Group programs are delivered weekdays between 9:30am and 3:30pm (1pm on Wednesdays). Call to confirm hours before visiting.

Admission: FREE. Many family programs are FREE. Small charge for a few.

Groups: All groups of 10 or more must have a Park Use Permit. Education Programs, per class: Bergen Country residents and all Scout Groups: 35.00. Out-Of-County groups: $100.00. See official website, linked above, for further details.

Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance. Larger groups should reserve earlier.

Lunch: Picnic area.

Handicapped Access: Partial.

Directions: Rt. 4 West to Rt. 208 to Goffle Rd. North on Goffle Rd. to Goodwin Ave. About 1/4 mile to Crescent Ave. Turn right onto Crescent.

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