Fall Programs

Flat Rock Brook
Nature Assn.
443 Van Nostrand Ave.
Englewood, NJ 07631


Programs for the Public

Registration online or by mail is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. You are not registered until payment has been received. In the event of cancellation, your payment will be refunded only if we are notified at least 5 business days before the scheduled program. To register and pay online by credit card select member or non-member and click the add to cart button to go to the Flat Rock Brook payment page on Paypal. Online registration must be made no later than 48 hours before the program in order to allow our teachers to assemble enough materials for those attending. Please provide your telephone number so that we can reach you in the event that a program must be cancelled. To register by mail print the Program Registration Form and mail it along with your payment to Flat Rock Brook.

Sunset Hikes
Tuesdays in September and October
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., For adults and children ages 10 and up.
Take a sunset hike along the trails and through the forest with our Trail Guides. Hikes are about 2-3 miles. These are great hikes for beginners, an easy workout and a relaxing way to end your day. Enjoy the beauty of fall and take advantage of hiking close to home. Meet at the parking lot gazebo at the Nature Center. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Garden in the Morning
Wednesdays in September and October
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.,For adults
Join the Flat Rock Brook Gardeners and help maintain the native plant gardens at the Center this fall. The company is fun, the work rewarding and educational, and the results are beautiful and beneficial for the animals. No gardening experience necessary. Bring willing hands and work gloves. There will be a ten minute mini-workshop at the start of each session to learn a gardening tip or technique. No need to register. Free.

Toddler Times
Tuesdays: September 8, October 13, and November 17
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. For children ages 2-5 with a parent or favorite adult.
For children ages 2-5 with a parent or favorite adult.
Let’s gear up for fall with our toddlers! These 45-minute programs are designed with the little ones in mind. Each session includes a natural science themed story and craft, along with an outdoor hike. Registration online or by mail is required.Per child, per class cost: $5 members, $8 non-members.
September Session Cancelled.

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Mad About Monarchs has been cancelled

Fun in the Woods
Wednesdays September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 (series of six programs)
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.; For children ages 4-7
Parents: enjoy quality time with your child while learning together and experiencing the excitement of discoveries in nature! We will walk a different trail each week exploring the woods and other habitats at Flat Rock Brook with an appropriate nature story at the end. Please register early as classes fill up fast!
Registration online or by mail is required. $75 for the series for Flat Rock Brook members only. You be or become a family membership to register for this program.
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Backyard Bird Feeders
Sunday, October 25; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For all ages.
Ever wonder what type of feeder to choose for your wintering birds? How about where to place it and how high? Winter is coming and our resident birds could use some help finding food coming into winter. Join us for a fun and informative program all about bird feeders, and make your own to take home with you.
Registration online or by mail is required. $8 members, $10 non-members.

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The Return of the Family Scavenger Hunt!
Sunday, November 8; 2:00 - 3:30 pm
For families
Calling all adventurous families! Back by popular demand, Flat Rock Brook staff challenges families to work together to follow the clues and find the answers to a new set of nature riddles! We promise you’ll have a great time and learn something new! Registration online or by mail is required.
Per family cost: $10 members, $15 non-members.

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Nature’s Gifts Cancelled
Thursday, December 3, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m
For adults and teens.
This holiday season, why not give a natural gift? Mother Nature has so many unique and wonderful materials that can be made into lovely gifts. Join us and learn how to D-I-Y some holiday gifts that will be a big hit on a small budget! Participants will receive a DIY workbook with recipes and project instructions. Registration online or by mail is required. Per person cost: $5 members, $8 non-members.

Project Feederwatch
Every Monday and Tuesday in December, with exception of December 28-29
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For all ages.
Project Feederwatch is a citizen science program through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a great way to learn to identify the birds in your own backyard. Join us to observe the birds at our feeders as often as you like, and help us collect valuable data for this North American project. No need to register. Free.

Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 19; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For adults and teens.
Join local birders and our staff as we do our part to count all the birds at Flat Rock as part of National Audubon Society’s annual nationwide Christmas Bird Count. We’ll go out in small groups to search sections of the park and identify different species of birds. Afterwards, enjoy hot refreshments back at the Center as we tally the results. Dress for cold weather. We go rain, snow or shine! Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Bring lunch. Beginners welcome. No need to register. Free.

Winter Solstice Walk
Sunday, December 20, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For adults and teens.
The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. Many cultures around the world have celebrated the winter solstice for hundreds, even thousands of years as they watched the days grow shorter and wait patiently for the sun to return. Join Flat Rock Brook staff for a program full of folklore and hiking on our trails. Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Programs
Wednesdays, September 9, 23, October 14, 28, November 4, 18, December 9, 16
For children ages 5-7; For children ages 8-12
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Supplement your science curriculum with hands-on and fun nature experiences. Children will be separated in groups by age to enhance their learning development. Each week’s lesson will focus on a different topic and include games, projects, activities, and hikes. Meet other home school families while kids strengthen their knowledge and appreciation for the environment. Registration online or by mail is required. Space is limited. 8 classes per session, per session cost: $120 for members; $145 for non-members.

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September 16 and 23

Students will study a variety of plants and get hands-on experience with
the flora growing at Flat Rock Brook. Discover plant characteristics,
history, uses and benefits, life cycles, and more!

October 14 and 28

Seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, and tasting can enhance any
experience. Students will learn about each sense, the body parts we use
for each sense, and how some animals sense things differently than we

November 4 and 18

Our bodies are always working so we can move, breathe, grow, digest, and
function each day! But how exactly is that happening? Students will
learn about the body's systems to better understand what makes up a
healthy human.

December 9 and 16

Time to get out the lab coat and become a mad scientist! Students will
have fun performing various experiments while learning about chemical

Nature Program Co-op Events

There are more than a dozen organizations in Bergen County that provide quality nature programs. Recently, they united to create the Nature Program Cooperative—a pooling of knowledge and resources designed to offer the people of our region greater opportunities to explore and enjoy the County’s natural resources. Hikes, boat trips, live animal presentations, slide shows, hands-on activities, paddling adventures and more, are all available. To register for programs, which are held at other nature centers, please call the number listed next to the program or visit the hosting center’s website. Please do not use the Flat Rock Brook registration form unless the program is at Flat Rock Brook. For more information about the Nature Program Cooperative go to www.natureprogram.org.

Hawks Over the Hudson
Sunday, October 4, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stop by the State Line Lookout of the Palisades Interstate Park for live animal programs and exhibits, with birds of prey presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1:00 & 2:30 PM. For more information call the Palisades Interstate Park Commission at 201 768-1360, ext. 108. The event is free.

Designing a Pollinator Friendly Garden
Thursday, October 8, 11:00 am
The Garden Club of Englewood invites members of Flat Rock Brook Nature Association to a “Designing Pollinator Friendly Gardens” presentation by Vincent Simeone at the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly, 55 Magnolia Avenue in Tenafly. The event is free for Flat Rock Brook members.

Mr. Simeone is an experienced lecturer, instructor and horticultural consultant. He has spoken to many groups nation-wide and has appeared on several garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. For the past 18 years Mr. Simeone has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. Since 2005 he has published five books: Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape.







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