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.

Sunset Hikes
Every Tuesday in June, July and August
7:00 - 8:00 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.

Garden in the Morning
Every Tuesday in June, July, and August
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.

National Trails Day Family Hike and Clean-up
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
For families with children ages 5 and up.
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Flat Rock woods to celebrate National Trails Day with Education Director Jill Bennetta. We will be cleaning up the trails and brook, so be prepared to get dirty while helping Flat Rock Brook. This is a great way to spend the morning and is a lot of fun! No need to register. Free to all.

Fishy Father’s Day Hike
Sunday, June 15, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families.
Dads won’t want to miss this exciting afternoon at Flat Rock Brook! Take a guided hike on the trails to discover how life in our park is preparing for the summer. Then spend some time at Quarry Pond and be a part of the official release of native fish species into the water!
Registration online or by mail. Per family cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

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Toddler Times
Tuesdays, June 24, July 15, and August 12
All classes 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
For children ages 2-5 with an adult.
Let your toddler experience nature the Flat Rock Brook way! We introduce natural science topics to little ones with a book, craft and interactive activity. Come and join the fun! Registration online or by mail. Please register early, these classes fill up quickly! Per child, per class cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

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Family Hike and Picnic
Sunday, June 29,1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For Families.
Take a hike around Flat Rock Brook with Jill and see what wonders you can find down by Macfadden’s Wetland, and from upstream down to the picnic area. Bring your lunch and we’ll picnic by the playground, then hike back up to the Nature Center in search of other exciting finds! Registration online or by mail. Lunch not provided, please bring your own. Per family cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

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Babbling Brook Walk
Sunday, July 27, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families with children ages 5 and older.
Follow the brook to where it enters Flat Rock while learning about watersheds, aquatic life, and the effects of pollution. Join Naturalist Kristen for this educational stroll on the red trail. Meet at Jones Road picnic area.
Registration online or by mail. Per family cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.
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Frog Facts
Sunday, August 17, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
All ages.
Come to Flat Rock Brook and meet our resident frogs! We have two kinds of frogs to talk about. Meet at the Nature Center and get ready to learn some cool frog facts!! No need to register. Free to all.

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. For more information about the Nature Program Cooperative go

Living with Nature Lecture Series:
“Dealing with Deer”

Wednesday, June 4, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Tenafly, NJ Public Library, 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly
Long admired for their beauty and grace, white-tailed deer are also despised for devouring gardens and for transporting ticks to our yards. This program will offer ideas on how to deal with deer in the environment we share. Contact: 201 568-6093 or

Butterfly Festival
Sunday, July 27, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Meadowlands Environment Center, 1 DeKorte Plaza, Lyndhurst
This annual event is presented by Bergen County Audubon Society and hosted by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. Additional details to be posted soon on








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