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Ridgefield Nature Center and Community Garden!

Ridgefield Nature Center 34 Years of Preservation

The Ridgefield Nature center consists of 5.4 acres of deciduous wooded wetlands and upland.

Ridgefield Nature Center

The nature center is only open on Saturdays to the public from 8AM-Noon.

Ridgefield Nature Center Trail

The interpretive trail is wide and  lined with old tree trunks. There are more than 25 educational signage covering everything from Pokeweed (as listed in the picture below) to Sassafras Trees.

Pokeweed with Educational Signage

Sassafras Leaves

Given the woods location on the Atlantic Flyway, many species of birds ranging from Red-winged Blackbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch and other species are found here. A unique nonnative bird that can be found in the woods is the Monk Parakeet.

One of the more unique trees found at Ridgefield Nature Center is the American Persimmon tree. The tree is thought to be growing here at its extreme northern limit. The tree is found generally in the south. The bark of the Persimmon tree resembles alligator skin.

The day I visited the nature center this gigantic old mushroom was found and was on display.


The forest is surrounded by dense residential development to the north, south and west of the property. To the east of the forest is the Ridgefield Community Garden.

Ridgefield Community Garden

The garden is open for local residents to plant veggies or establish a butterfly garden. Wolf Creek flows to the east of the gardens and includes an estimated .58 of an acre of wetlands. The creek is a tribute of Bellmans Creek, a major lower Hackensack River Tributary.  Both the community garden and Ridgefield Nature Center were once owned by the Great Bear Company which used the property to distribute bottled water. The Borough of Ridgefield purchased the combined 12 acres of the community garden and Ridgefield Nature Center land in 1975.

The woods are open to the public on Saturdays from 8am to Noon. Group Tours can be made by appointment by calling 201-943-5215 x353. The community garden is accessible to the public at any time during the day.  Click here for more information regarding the Ridgefield Nature Center. The nature center is maintained by members of the Ridgefield Environmental Commission.

Ridgefield Nature Center and Community Garden

Feel free to comment below with any bird sightings, interesting plants, memories or suggestions! Thank you and have fun exploring!