MADISON, NJ – Nature Nuts celebrates its 40th anniversary in Madison this year. At Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Bob Conley recognized the program for its work with local children.

Conley thanked Cathie Coultas, who has been with the program since its inception in 1977, and Paul Allocco, Parks Advisory Committee council liaison, for providing “40 years of summer fun for the youth of Madison.”

Nature Nuts is a five-week summer program for children who have completed grades 1-6. It averages about 40 children per year, according to Conley. Each week features a nature-related theme with games, crafts, presentations and a field trip to support the focus of the week.

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The program has seen directors from all walks of life, including teachers and nuns, Conley said. First directed by a Drew University student, the program is now staffed by three borough interns, he said.

“I’m so pleased that this program has gone on for 40 years,” Coultas said.

Nature Nuts is sponsored by the Madison Recreation Department and the Madison Parks Advisory Committee. More information is available on Rosenet.