J.A. McFaul Environmental Center

The James A. McFaul Environmental Center is dedicated to providing a space where Bergen County residents can learn about and experience the natural environment. The Bergen County Parks Department took what used to be a 81-acre pig farm and created a wildlife sanctuary with nature trails, gardens, and educational science exhibits.

James A. McFaul Environmental Center
150 Crescent Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481


(hours change with the seasons)
Weekdays: 8am - 5:15pm
Weekends and Holidays: 8:30am-5:15pm

The main building, which overlooks the waterfowl pond, has an Observatory, browsing library, and natural science exhibits. Winding paths of nature trails bring you to woodland gardens and animal shelters. A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk takes you along the edge of the pond to a two-story observation platform. A covered picnic pavilion is available near the main building and another open, wooded picnic area sits on top of a hill. The Environmental Center gardens include specialties such as flowering trees, Daffodil Hill, rhododendrons, ornamental grasses, the herb garden, a secret scented garden, and various memorial plantings which provide additional beauty in any season. A memorial gazebo sits nestled in a flowering garden, making it a perfect place to stop and smell the flowers. A naturalized field area and woodland contain many plant species that provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species.

Upcoming Events

2021 Gingerbread Contest Starting December 6th


Contact Us

James A. McFaul Environmental Center

150 Crescent Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Phone: 201-891-5571


 Bergen County Department of Parks

One Bergen County Plaza  • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7275