Public Programs

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


Fall Programs 1016

Registration is required unless otherwise indicated. To register for programs online go to 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 and print the registration form 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 201 567-1265.

Sunset Hikes
Tuesdays in September and October, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
For adults and children ages 10+
Take a sunset hike along the trails and through the forest led by Flat Rock Brook Nature Center’s 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 the 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, 9-11 a.m.
For adults
Join the Flat Rock Brook gardeners and help maintain the native plant gardens at the Nature 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.

Native Plants in the Home Landscape
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m.
For teens and adults
Don Torino, President of Bergen County Audubon Society will give a presentation at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center on the importance of planting native plants in your backyard and the benefits they provide to birds, insects, wildlife and your backyard. No need to register. Free.

Migrating Monarchs Cancelled
Sunday, September 18, 2-3 p.m.
For families
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 their 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 is required. $5 members,

$8 non-members.

Fun in the Woods Cancelled
Mondays: September 19, 26; October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
For parents and children ages 4 -7
Learn together as we explore the various trails of Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in the fall. We will explore the forest, meadow and pond and learn about animal life in each habitat. We also have a story each week about what we expect to see. Flat Rock Brook family members only. Registration is required. $75 for the series.

Toddler Times
Tuesdays: September 20; October 18; November 15; December 20, 10:15-11 a.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 is required. Per child, per class cost: $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Autumn Equinox 2016 Canceled
Thursday, September 22, 7-8 p.m.
For adults and teens
The Autumn Equinox is coming! Wait, what exactly is the Autumn Equinox? We will find out all about the Autumn Equinox, how different cultures celebrate it and why this celestial event is important. Members register by email to; non members register below. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Surprise Sundays!
Sundays: September 25; October 23; November 27; December 11, 2-3 p.m.
For all
Frogs? Birds? Bugs? Anything is fair game on Surprise Sundays at Flat Rock Brook! Hang out with the Nature Center’s Naturalist and learn all about a new topic each Surprise Sunday. Who knows what we will get ourselves into! No need to register. Free.

Fall Colors
Sunday, October 9, 2-3 p.m.
For families and children 8+
Fall is in full swing, and the leaves are changing color, but why? Come find out the science behind beautiful fall foliage! Registration is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Return of the Raptors
Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
For teens and adults
The Bald eagle, Peregrine falcon and Osprey have made an amazing comeback from the brink of extinction and have adapted to many suburban places in Bergen County. Join us and learn how these majestic animals are bouncing back with Don Torino and the Bergen County Audubon Society. No need to register. Free.

Water Monitoring Workshop
Sunday, October 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
For adults
Clean water is essential for survival, and we must protect it. Join Flat Rock Brook Nature Center staff as we learn about water quality and how to get involved in stream monitoring. Program includes a field portion, so bring your waders! Registration is required. $8 members, $10 non-members.

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Family Scavenger Hunt: Halloween Edition
Sunday, October 30, 1-4 p.m.
For families
Calling all adventurous families! Back by popular demand, The Flat Rock Brook staff challenges families to work together to follow the clues and find the answers to a new set of Halloween themed nature riddles! The Nature Center promises that you’ll have a great time and learn something new! Registration is required. Per family cost: $10 members, $15 non-members.

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Native Americans in New Jersey
Sunday, November 6, 2-3 p.m.
For all
Native Americans were the first group to settle the area. Come learn about their history, culture, and how they shaped Bergen County and New Jersey. Registration is required. Members register by email to; non members register below. Free to members, $5 non-members.

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Winter Birds of Bergen County
Thursday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
For all
Despite living in the most densely populated state in the U.S., New Jersey and Bergen County have amazing and diverse bird species…and many more will be coming here to spend the winter. Join Flat Rock Brook Nature Center as we partner with Bergen County Audubon Society and learn about the wintering birds of Bergen County. No need to register. Free

Let’s Go Lego! Cancelled
Sunday, November 20, 2-3 p.m.
Children ages 6+
Love Legos? Love nature? Come and join Flat Rock Brook Nature Center as we replicate the wonders of nature using Legos! Each participant takes home a picture of their creations. SO MUCH FUN!!! Registration is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.

Pollution Solutions
Sunday, December 4, 2-3pm
For families with children 8+ and adults
How can you help keep your watershed clean? Come learn about easy ways you can improve water quality in your neighborhood! Using an Enviroscape, we’ll see how pollution makes its way into our water. Watch out, you might get wet! No need to register. Free.

Project Feederwatch
Every Monday and Tuesday in December, with the exception of December
26-27, 10am-12pm
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 Flat Rock Brook Nature Center 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 17, 9am-1pm
For adults and teens
Join local birders and Flat Rock Brook’s staff as we do our part to count all the birds at the Nature Center 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 18, 2-3pm
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 Nature Center staff for a program full of folklore and hiking on the trails. Registration is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Homeschool Programs

Wednesdays: September 21, 28; October 19, 26; November 9, 16; December 14, 21, 1-3 p.m.
For children ages 5-7 and 8-12
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 is required. 8 classes per session, total cost: $120 members, $145 non-members.

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Fall Homeschool Programs

September 21 and 28: Migration:
All about migration! Which species migrate and why.

October 19 and 26: Astronomy: We'll learn about our solar system and galaxies.

November 9 and 16: Wilderness Survival: Learn how to prepare for a trip in the woods, how to survive in various situations, and how to build a shelter from materials at hand.

December 14 and 21: Native Americans: We'll learn about the Lenape, the Native American tribe that once inhabited New Jersey.


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

Ecocruise: Meadowlands Discovery with Hackensack RiverKeeper
Saturday, September 17, 3-5:30 p.m.
For ages 4-adult. Not appropriate for children under 4
Location: Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ
Set sail aboard Hackensack Riverkeeper’s specially-rigged 28-foot pontoon cruisers. Eco-Cruises last 2.5 hours and leave from Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ. For more information or to reserve seats:
201-968-0808. Requested donations: $10 kids 4-12, $25 adults.

Hawks Over the Hudson
Sunday, October 2, 12-4pm
Location: State Line Lookout on the Palisades
Live animal program & exhibits with birds of prey presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1 & 2:30 p.m. For more information: 201 768-1360 ext. 108. Free.

Bloodmoon Bonfire
Sunday, October 16, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Alpine Boat Basin, Alpine, NJ 07624
Beach bonfire with park staff at the beach at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. Bring a blanket or chair. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Thanksgiving Time at Palisades Interstate Park
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Alpine Boat Basin, Alpine, NJ 07624
Living history open-house at the Kearney House with hot cider & treats, music, storytelling, and games. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.








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