Summer 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.

Garden in the Morning
Tuesdays in September and October
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
For adults of all skill levels.
Join the Flat Rock Brook gardeners and help maintain the native plant gardens at the Nature Center this summer. The company is fun, the work rewarding and educational, and the results are beautiful and beneficial for the animals. No gardening experience necessary, just bring willing hands and a set of gloves! There is always a ten minute mini-lesson before each session.
No need to register. Free to all.

Sunset Hikes
Tuesdays in September and October
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older.
Join us for a wonderful way to end your day. Hike 2-3 miles along Flat Rock Brook’s trails with our trail masters, Geneva and Mirella, and let the beauty of Flat Rock surround you. Meet at the parking lot gazebo.
No need to register. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Toddler Times
Tuesdays: September 16, October 21, and November 18
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
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 for members, $8 non-members

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Hikes with Tykes!
Sundays, September 21 and November 9
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families with children 4 - 9.
Have you ever wished you had a naturalist guide along on a family hike to help you point out the sights? Here’s your chance! Join us for a fun and informative nature walk and learn about what’s going on in the natural habitats of Flat Rock Brook. Registration online or by mail is required.Per family cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

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Young Explorers
Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
For children ages 5-9.
Explore a different trail at Flat Rock Brook each week while learning about and enjoying changes in nature as the season progresses. This is an outdoor experience always incorporating a story appropriate to the season. In case of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled to a later date. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate with their children! Class size is limited to ten so register early! Registration online or by mail is required. $70 per child for members only. You must be or become a $50 family member to participate in this program.

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Essential Oils 101 Workshop:
Prepare for the Cold Weather!
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
For adults.
Ever wonder about essential oils? Homeopathic remedies naturally relieve stress, fatigue and other ailments. Join us and learn first-hand the wonders of essential oils and how they are helpful in our everyday lives. A Young Living representative will be instructing us on the merits of these natural dynamos. Free for members (register by email to Flat Rock Brook), $5 non-members (register online or by mail).
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Flip, Float, Fly
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families with children ages 7 and older.
Come enjoy a walk on the trails while learning about the different leaves and seeds that are scattered around. Have you ever finished a hike and found hitchikers attached to your clothes? Find out why leaves change color in the autumn and how seeds disperse. Then make a craft using leaves and seeds to take home! Registration online or by mail is required. Per family cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.
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Full Moon Howl
Thursday, November 6, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For families with children ages 5 and older.
What can you see by the light of the full moon at Flat Rock? Why does the moon change shape? Why do the full moons have names, and what is November’s full moon called? Come on a night-time hike and find out. We’ll do activities to test how sharp your senses are in the dark and search for signs of nocturnal life. Bring a flashlight.
Registration online or by mail is required. Per person cost: $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Build It and They Will Come: Feeder Edition
Sunday, November 16, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For ages 6 and up.
Come to Flat Rock Brook and make a feeder for birds! There are many different ways to help birds find food during the cold winter months. Learn about the different styles of feeders that birds use, and make your own bird feeder to put outside. Space is limited, so register early! Registration online by mail is required.
Per person cost: $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Homeschool Programs

Wednesdays: September 17 and October 1, October 15 and 22, November 12 and 19; 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:
$90 for members, $110 for non-members.
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September 17 & Oct 1: Oceans
Get ready to dive deep into this lesson about oceans! We will discover
the amazing properties of salt water, the creatures that live under the
sea, and the environmental challenges that oceans face (and how we can

October 15 & 22: Earth's Composition
Do you know what the Earth is made of? We will examine the layers of the
Earth to find out what rocks and metals are beneath our feet, and deep
within our planet, and then explore what is happening in each of these

November 12 & 19: Magnets
Magnets are being used all around us. Even the Earth has a magnetic
field! These fun lessons will introduce students to concepts of
magnetism, how we utilize magnets, and how the Earth is like a giant

Arts for Life NJ and Flat Rock Brook Nature Center

A month-long session of arts classes for active older adults, hosted by Flat Rock Brook Nature Center

PURPOSE: The goal of the Arts for Life Network of New Jersey is to connect older learners with dynamic artist-teachers by offering an array of high quality participatory arts activities on an ongoing basis at modest cost.

Autumn Crafts
October 10, 17, 24, and 31; 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Make a silk fall wreath for your door, a fleece fabric pumpkin centerpiece, a clay leaf dish, and a cornucopia. Stencil leaf patterns on 36 gauge metal and participate in other exciting hands-on autumn crafts. Register online or by mail. $15 per class or $50 for the series. Facilitator: Holly Ciccoricco

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Recorder Group
October 10, 17, 24, and 31; 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
For active older adults, 50+.
Join us as we explore the wonderful world of the recorder, an instrument that has been making great music since the days of the wandering minstrels. Connect with music, meet friends and play together in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. All levels welcome. Bring your own recorder and music stand. We’ll provide the music and the inspiration! Register online or by mail. $15 per class or $50 for the series.
Facilitator: Amy Herbitter.
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The Pleasures of Poetry
October 10, 17, and 24; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
For active older adults, 50+
Inspired by autumn at Flat Rock, budding and experienced poets will join the great conversation of poetry by reading a selection of celebrated poems and writing and sharing their own work. $15 per class or $40 for the series. Register online or by mail. Facilitator: Teresa Carson.
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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

Hawks Over the Hudson
Sunday, October 5, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Alpine
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will host its annual presentation of live birds of prey by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, with two presentations during the afternoon. Weather permitting, visitors can also visit an ongoing hawk watch at the lookout point over the Hudson River, and stop by exhibits by some of the member organizations of the Nature Program Cooperative. The afternoon is free and open to all. No advanced registration required to attend. For more information, contact the Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission at (201) 768-1360 or visit








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