Public Programs

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


 

Programs at Flat Rock Brook: Winter/Spring 2016
Registration is required unless otherwise indicated. To register for programs online go to www.flatrockbrook.org. If you are registering online, please register no later than 48 hours prior to the program in order to give us enough time to assemble adequate materials for the program for each participant. To register by mail, please fill out the form on page 5 and mail it along with your payment to Flat Rock Brook. All registration is on a first come, first served basis. 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. Programs meet at the Nature Center building unless stated otherwise. Please be aware of age requirements. For additional information, please call 201-567-1265.

Winter Walk and Talk
Sundays, January 24 and February 21; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children 10 and older
Join Education Director Jill Bennetta for a walk around Flat Rock. We will discuss hibernation, migration, spring’s upcoming arrival and what animals are where and why. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.


Project Feederwatch
Every Monday and Tuesday through March; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(no programs on February 15&16);
For all ages
Project Feederwatch is a citizen science program through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 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 to all.



Toddler Times
Tuesdays, January 26, February 23, March 15,
and April 19; 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 here at the Nature Center, and will include a story and interactive activity. Come and join us for the fun! Registration online or by mail is required. Per child, per session cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

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Winter Wake-up Walks

Saturdays, January 30 and February 13; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Join our Land Manager Ryan Hasko for a morning hike through Flat Rock. We’ll look for birds, learn winter tree identification, and discuss what winter in the park means for the flora and fauna. Program begins in the gazebo next to the parking lot. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.


Family Winter Hike
Sunday, January 31, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
For families
Gather up the family and come to Flat Rock to enjoy an afternoon on our trails. This guided hike will be a relaxing and informative journey to appreciate the winter wonders of nature. Dress warmly and discover new things! Registration online or by mail is required. Per Family cost: Members $10.00, Non-members $15.00.

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Track Trekkers
Sunday, February 7; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For families with children ages 6 and older
Winter is a perfect time of year to search for clues on the trails. Join us on a tracking adventure to look for signs that animals have been wandering, foraging, and sleeping in our habitats. Registration online or by mail is required. $5 per person for members, $8 non-members.
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Winter Camp

Tuesday, February 16 - Friday, February 19; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For children in grades 1-4
Come and join our super camp staff for a great week out in the wilds of Flat Rock! We’ll explore all aspects of winter, complete cool, fun activities, and play really out of this world nature games. Space is limited, so register soon to gear up for some winter fun! Be sure to dress appropriately and bring your lunch and a snack! Registration online or by mail is required. $180 for members, $200 non-members.
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Presidents’ Day Hike
Monday, February 15; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children 10 and older
Celebrate the winter holidays with our Trail Guides by taking a beautiful hike through the Flat Rock woods. The hike is approximately 2-3 miles in length depending on the group’s pace. Dress for the weather.
No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Spring Fling Hike
Sunday, March 13; 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. Free for members, $5 non-members. Note: Members register by email to Sandy@flatrockbrook. Non Members register below.
Non Member Registration
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Sunset Hikes
Every Tuesday in April (and continues into fall)
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.

Garden in the Morning
Every Wednesday in April (and continues into fall)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
For adults
The Flat Rock Brook Gardeners invite one and all (everyone is welcome regardless of experience) to the kick-off of the 2016 gardening season. Gardeners meet every Wednesday in April, and continue through the month of October. 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 11 – Thursday, April 14
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For students in Grades 1-4
Youngsters can gear up for spring through four days 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. $180 for members, $200 non-members.
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Spring Bird Walks
Mondays, April 18 and 25; 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. Registration online or by mail is required. Free for members, $5 non-members.
Note: Members register by email to Sandy@flatrockbrook. Non Members register below.

Non Member Registration
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Spring Walk and Talks
Saturdays, April 23 and 30
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Join our Land Manager Ryan Hasko for a morning hike through Flat Rock. Learn to identify common spring wildflowers, look for migrating birds, and enjoy the beauty of emerging life in the preserve. Program begins in the gazebo next to the parking lot. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.

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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Homeschool Series: Winter/Spring 2016

January 20, 27: Geology
These sessions will be solid as a rock. Students will explore earth science topics and discover the unique geological history of Flat Rock Brook
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February 10, 24: Biomimicry
Using nature’s patterns and strategies as a model, students will find sustainable solutions to human problems. We will look at nature with an engineering eye and have fun with hands-on projects.

March 9, 16: Biomes
Plants and animals that survive in similar climates around the globe usually have similar characteristics. Students will take a closer look at different biomes and how climate affects the plants and animals that live in different bioregions.

April 6, 20: Invasive Species
Many plants and animals around us are not native to this land. These species are considered invasive and often cause harm to the ecosystem they thrive in. Students will discover the history of invasive species and identify those that live at Flat Rock Brook.



Bergen County Audubon Series

Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS) will be presenting free programs at Flat Rock Brook most months in 2016. Programs that fall on Thursday evenings will begin at 7:30 p.m., and those that occur on Sunday mornings will start at 9:00 a.m. All programs will meet at our Nature Center building at 443 Van Nostrand Avenue. No need to register. All presentations and walks will be led by Don Torino, President of BCAS.  We look forward to a great year of presentations from our friends at BCAS!

Thursday, February 11- Creating a Certified Wildlife Garden
BCAS will show you what you'll need to create a healthy backyard wildlife habitat using native plants and other key components.  You'll also learn about the new BCAS Certified Wildlife Garden program and how your yard can get certified.

Thursday, March 10: Owls 
Join BCAS for this presentation on these fascinating and important raptors, touching on the many different species that inhabit our region.

Thursday, April 14: Birds of Bergen County 
Don Torino will teach participants about the rich bird life that exists in Bergen County due to its diverse wildlife habitats and eco-systems, you will be amazed at the birds that you can see right in your own backyard that you never knew existed.

Thursday, May 12: Butterfly Gardening With Native Plants 
Attend this program to learn what native plants to plant as nectar and host sources to attract butterflies to your garden.

Sunday, June 26: Native Plant Walk (in the morning 9:00 a.m.) 
Join Don Torino who will lead a plant walk as we look for native plants growing at Flat Rock Brook and discuss their importance to birds, insects, wildlife and habitats.

Thursday, September 8- Native Plants in the Home Landscape 
Attend this presentation to learn about the importance of planting native plants in your backyard and the benefits they provide to birds, insects, wildlife and your backyard.

Thursday, October 13- Return of the Raptors
Learn how and why Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and many other birds of prey made a return to our area at this informative presentation.

Thursday, November 10- Winter Birds of Bergen County 
Join BCAS to learn about the birds that remain here in winter as well as the birds that migrate here to spend the winter months in your New Jersey backyards.

Nature Program Cooperative 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.


Wolf Moon Hike
Hosted by Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
Saturday, January 23; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Join Palisades Interstate Park staff for a guided night hike. Meet at 7:00 PM at State Line Lookout in Alpine. The hike will be about 2 miles in length and please bring a flashlight! For more information call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

The Mysteries of Migration
Hosted by Fyke Nature Association
Allendale Borough Hall, 500 West Crescent Avenue, Allendale, NJ
Friday, February 26; 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fyke Nature Association’s monthly meeting and special presentation. New York City naturalist Gabriel Willow will give a multimedia presentation about the mysteries of bird migration, exploring why New York City and New Jersey are of particular importance for migratory songbirds and other species.  Learn about the latest science on avian migration, what migratory species are found in our area, what you can do to observe and conserve these species and what observation of these species can tell us about climate change and other environmental issues.  We will also explore what particular challenges urban settings pose for migratory species. For more information, visit www.fykenature.org .

The Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale
Hosted by Fyke Nature Association
Allendale Borough Hall, 500 West Crescent Avenue, Allendale, NJ
Friday, March 25; 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fyke Nature Association’s monthly meeting and special presentation. The legendary Stiles Thomas and his sidekick Jim Wright tell the story of these endangered hawks’ efforts to survive -- and thrive -- at  several locations in Allendale and nearby Ramsey over the past 15 years. The program will feature a talk by Jim, comments by Stiles, photos of Laura and her mate taken by Fyke members, plus a real-live Red-shouldered Hawk carving done by Stiles. For more information, visit www.fykenature.org .

 

 

 


 




 

 

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