Spring 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.

Spring Toddler Times
Tuesdays, March 11, April 8, May 13
Thursdays, March 13, April 10, May 15
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
For children ages 2-5 with parent or adult
These 45 minute programs are designed for the little ones. Each session will be held at the Nature Center, and will include a story and interactive activity. Come and join us for a lot of spring fun! Registration online or by mail. Per child, per class cost: $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Nature’s Remedies
Sunday, March 16, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
For teens and adults
Get your skin ready for spring 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. Then 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. Per person cost: $20 members; $25 non-members.
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Movies at Flat Rock Brook: “Hoot”
Saturday, March 22, 3:00 p.m.
For families, Rated PG
Relax in the Nature Center and watch “Hoot,” a funny and poignant story about conservation.
A young man moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he’s compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls. Before the show there will be special guest appearances by Flat Rock’s live resident raptors! Registration online or by mail. Suggested donation per family is $5

Super Snake Sunday
Sunday, March 23, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
All ages
Corn snakes are amazing reptiles that are native to New Jersey. Come and share some time with Kristen and our own handsome albino corn snake! She will be sharing facts about snakes in general and showing off our slithering resident reptile. No registration needed. Free to All.

Build It and They Will Come
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
Come to Flat Rock Brook and make a house for a nesting bird! There are many ways to help birds find the perfect place to lay their eggs. Learn different ways that birds build nests, and make your own birdhouse to put outside. Create nesting material bags to offer bird’s easy access for supplies. Space is limited, so register early! Registration online or by mail. Per person cost: $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Sunset Hikes
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.

Young Explorers
Wednesdays: April 2, 9, 16, 30 and May 7, 14; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
For children ages 5-9
You and your children will love exploring the trails this spring at Flat Rock Brook! Come learn about and enjoy nature! We’ll meet and walk outdoors, do a lot of observing, and hear a season-appropriate nature story. This is an outdoor experience, so in case of inclement weather, we will add a class at the end of the session. Registration online or by mail. $75 for members only. You must be or become a $50. family member.

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Natural Dyes
Thursday, April 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For teens and adults
Add some color to your life and explore the wonderful world of natural dyes with us at the Nature Center! We will learn what natural resources make the best dyes and gain first-hand experience with the process of dying different materials. Take home your dyed samples along with recipes for making dyes at home. Registration by online or by mail. Per person cost: $5 members; $8 non-members.
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Spring Days Adventure Camp
Session 1: April 15, 16, 17 Or Session 2: April 22, 23, 24; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For children in Grades 1-3
Spring is quickly approaching, and Flat Rock Brook is the best place to spend your spring break! We will be tackling a different theme each day, and as always hitting the trails, participating in fun activities, experiments and crafts! Choose one day or all three, but be sure to register early as space is limited! Registration by online or by mail. Member, per camper cost: $50/day or $125 for all three days. Non-member, per camper cost: $60/day or $155 for all three days.

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Birds and Bagels
Mondays, April 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Join us to welcome the week by enjoying two wonderful things: bagels and birds! Snack on fresh bagels before heading out on the trails of Flat Rock Brook in search of the spring migrants and birds that call Flat Rock their home. No need to register. Bring binoculars, or borrow ours. Free for members; $5 non-members.

Spring Babies
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For families
Spring is the best time of year to see and hear baby animals at Flat Rock. Come and enjoy a spring baby story and hike the trails to search for these little (and big) cuties! Registration by online or by mail. Per family cost: $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Homeschool Programs

Mondays: March 10, 24; April 7, 28, and May 5, 12:. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For children ages 5-7
For children ages 8-12
Supplement your science curriculum with hands-on and fun nature experiences. Children will be separated into groups by age to enhance their learning development. Lessons will focus on different topics and include games, projects, activities, and hikes. Meet other home school families while kids strengthen their knowledge and appreciation of the environment. Topics for classes in the session are listed below. Registration online or by mail is required. Space is limited. Six classes per session, per session cost:
$80 for members, $100 for non-members.
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Topics for Spring Homeschool Session

Energy: March 10, 24
Students will explore different sources of energy (including wind, water and sun) by engaging in hands-on experiments and activities. The lessons will also include a discussion about energy conservation and how to use natural resources wisely.

Food Chains: April 7, 28
These classes will focus on the process of energy transfer and how living and non-living things are connected in an ecosystem. Students will learn about different food chains and webs, and examine Flat Rock Brook’s habitats to find organisms on each level of a food chain.

Adaptations: May 5, 12
Students will discover the amazing physical and behavioral characteristics that help plants and animals survive in the wild. From the scent of a plant to the migration route of birds, students will gain a better understanding of why organisms look and act a certain way.


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.

Earth Day Concert featuring New Jersey’s own Spook Handy
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Meadowlands Environment Center, Lyndhurst,
7:30 PM at Meadowlands Environment Center
Contact: Don Torino, 201 230-4983
This free concert to celebrate Earth Day is presented by Bergen County Audubon Society and hosted by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission at the Meadowlands Environmental Center, 1 DeKorte Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ.

Earth Day Celebration Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Overpeck Park Kayak Center
Contact: Mary Knight, 201 968-0808
Season opening of the Kayak Center • Recycled Regatta • Green vendors – local non-profits • Live concert with tickets • Local food mobiles • Beer garden by Great Lakes Brewing • More details to be posted soon!

Party for the Planet
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Bergen County Zoo, Forest Avenue, Paramus
Contact: 201 262-3771
Annual Earth Day event at the Zoo, more details to be posted soon!

Hooked on the Hudson
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Ross Dock Picnic Area, Fort Lee
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Ross Dock Picnic Area in the Palisades Interstate Park.
Contact: hrfanj.org
Annual event with the Hudson River Fishermen's Association, featuring fishing and casting contests, exhibits and displays, and more, at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee. This free event is open to all and will be held rain or shine.

New Jersey Goes Native!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Alpine
Contact: 201 768-1360 or njpalisades.org​
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey hosts this annual celebration of native plants, with a native plant sale, craft projects for kids, informative displays and speakers, guided hikes before, during and after the main event, as well as exhibits by some of the member organizations of the NPC. The afternoon is free and open to all, with no advanced registration required. Lookout Inn, a refreshment stand with a lunch and snack menu, as well as gifts and books, will be open during the event.








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