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 in September and October
6:00 - 7:00 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.
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.
Mad about Monarchs!
Sunday, September 13; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and up.
How are Monarch butterflies tracked from one place to another? By tagging them of course! Learn the protocol for tagging these beautiful creatures along with the biology and what makes these butterflies so special. Join us to learn how monarch migration was discovered, how it works, and how we can help the monarchs with their yearly journeys. We’ll also look in the Butterfly Garden and Native Habitat Gardens to find monarch eggs, chrysalides, and butterflies! Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.
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.
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.
The Return of the Family Scavenger Hunt!
Sunday, November 8; 2:00 - 3:30 pm
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.
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.
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.