Flat Rock Brook
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.
Tuesdays, March 17, April 14 and May 19
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with adult
Your little ones will have fun engaging with the natural world through science-based children’s literature and adventure! Each class is designed for your little one, and includes a story, craft, and nature activity. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly. Register online or by mail today! $5 members/$8 non-members.
Signs of Spring Walk
Sunday, March 22; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 6 and older
New life will be stirring at Flat Rock Brook as the spring season approaches. Take a leisurely stroll around the trails looking for spring flowers, the stirrings of active wildlife, and other signs of spring. Come stretch your legs and shake off the winter blues! Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.
Garden in the Morning
Wednesdays in April through October; 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Flat Rock Brook Gardeners invite one and all (everyone is welcome regardless of experience) to the kick-off of the 2015 gardening season. Each session begins with a 10 minute mini-lesson. Just bring willing hands and gloves! No need to register. Free to All.
Spring Mini Camp
Monday, April 6 - Friday; April 10; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For Students in Grades 1-4
Youngsters can gear up for spring through a week of nature discovery and fun! Each class in this series will feature a different area of nature investigations for children to explore. Activities will include hikes, crafts and games. Registration online or by mail is required. Cost per camper: $250 members, $275 non-members.
Every Tuesday in April and May
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Take a sunset hike along the trails and through the forest with our Trail Guides. Hikes are about 2-3 miles. These hikes are great for beginners, an easy workout and a relaxing way to end your day. Enjoy the beauty and take advantage of hiking close to home. No Need to Register.
Free for members; $5 non-members.
Wednesdays: April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
For children 5-9 years old.
Share pleasures and learnings as we explore the various trails at Flat Rock in the spring! We’ll explore the pond habitats as well as forests and meadows and have an age-appropriate story about what we are likely to see each week. Registration online or by mail is required. $75 for members only. You must be or become a $50 family member.
Meet our Raptors
Sunday, April 19; 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Nature’s Remedies II
Sunday, April 26; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For all ages
Come visit the Nature Center and meet our raptor ambassadors! Flat Rock Brook is teaming up with the Englewood Environmental Commission to present the stories of our raptor educators. No Need to Register. Free to All.
Earth Day Hike
Sunday, April 19; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For all ages
After meeting our resident raptors, join Flat Rock Brook educators and the Englewood Environmental Commission to take a hike around the preserve and learn about Flat Rock Brook and how to make every day Earth Day. No need to Register. Free to All
Spring Bird Walks
Mondays, April 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.; For adults
Join us for one or more morning bird walks as we search for colorful spring migrants and resident birds returning to nest. These informal walks provide the basics to enjoy bird watching in our natural areas or right in your own backyard. Bring binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours). For beginner and veteran birders. To register: Members register by email; non-members register online or by mail. Free for members, $5 non-members.
For teens and adults
We had so much fun last spring, we’re doing it again!
Get your skin ready for warm weather by exploring some of nature’s remedies with Kristen and Jill. Learn how essential oils, beeswax and other natural soothers help your body to be its best as the seasons change. Make your own salves, lip balms and lotions to take home along with recipes and sources for ingredients. Space is limited, so register early! Registration online or by mail is required. Per person cost: $20 members, $25 non-members.
Sunday, May 3; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
For families and children ages 5 and older
Did you know there are rocks at Flat Rock that formed when dinosaurs were alive? Or that there was once a slab of ice a mile thick on top of Englewood? Learn about “fire, water, and change” rocks, and about the amazing geology of this part of New Jersey. Participants will get a special rock to take home. Registration online or by mail is required. Per person cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.
Moms and Merriment
The Great Spring Bird Count
Saturday, May 16; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 10; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families and children ages 4 and up
Treat mom to an afternoon on the trails and a homemade planter to take home for Mother’s Day! Enjoy some fresh air and natural beauty during a relaxing hike, and make a special planter using recycled materials to show your appreciation while enjoying tea and cookies at the Nature Center. Registration online or by mail is required. Per person cost: Moms are FREE, $5 for members, $8 for non-members.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Help Flat Rock Brook staff collect data on the bird species of our preserve. This one day count will help us better understand which birds are frequenting Flat Rock Brook during the migratory season. Bring binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours). For beginner and veteran birders. No need to register. Free to all.
Night Lights and Night Fliers
Thursday, May 28; 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For families with children ages 6 and older
Lots of tiny creatures are active at night. Learn about moths that swoop, fireflies that blink, spiders that hunt, and crickets that chirp. We’ll start with a fun presentation indoors followed by an evening hike. Bring flashlights! Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For children ages 5-7 and/or children ages 8-12
Note: Spring Homeschool Sessions for 5-7 year olds are fully subscribed.
This is a great way to supplement your science curriculum with hands-on and fun nature experiences. Children will be separated into groups by age to enhance their learning development. Each month’s lessons 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. More topic information is listed on our website www.flatrockbrook.org Registration online or by mail is required. 6 classes per session, per session cost: $90 for members; $110 for non-members. March 18 and 25- Electricity
Electricity surrounds us and can be used in thousands if different ways.The students will be gaining knowledge of the basics of electricity: what it is, how it works, and what it can help us do. We will be
engaging in different activities and experiments each session
April 15 and 29- Machines
What is a machine? The students will be exploring simple machines and how they help us in our everyday lives. We will be engaging in different experiments and activities each session.
May 13 and 20- Cells
Every living thing is made up of cells! We will be exploring both plant and animal cells during these two fascinating sessions. Each session will have different activities and experiments.
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.
Sunday, March 8, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Co-sponsored with Bergen County Audubon. Back by popular demand! The Meadowlands is prime owl territory, and the presentation by Flat Rock Brook will give you a chance to see some of these amazing nocturnal raptors live and in person. You will also learn all about these feathered ambassadors, including their behavior, physiology, adaptations and natural history. $8 per person, $6 for members of Nature Program Cooperative organizations. Preregister at the Meadowlands website. http://www.njmeadowlands.gov/njmc/nature/nature-walks.html
Party for the Planet
Sunday, April 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
Visit exhibitors throughout the zoo or attend a special program in the Education Center to discover ways to connect to your local environment this Earth Day. Learn about eco-friendly products, programs, and services available in our area. Exhibitors will be in the zoo from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
The Party for the Planet event is completely free and open to all zoo visitors – so bring your friends along! All children will receive a Party for the Planet “passport.” Have the passport stamped by the exhibitors and receive a small prize from the zoo!