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
Take a sunset hike along the trails and through the forest with Trail Guides Mirella Signoretto and Geneva Warrick. Hikes are about 2-3 miles. These are great hikes for beginning hikers, an easy workout and a relaxing way to end your work day. Enjoy the beauty of summer and the advantage of hiking close to home. Meet outside the main building at the parking lot gazebo. No need to register. Free for members; $5 non-members.

Garden in the Morning
Every Wednesday in June, July and August
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
For adults
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 is rewarding and educational, and the results are beautiful and beneficial for the animals too. No gardening experience necessary. Bring willing hands and work gloves. There will be a mini-workshop, about ten minutes long, at the beginning of each gardening session where you will learn a gardening tip or technique. No need to register. Free.

The Power of Photography with Realf Schermer
Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. For adults
Bring your camera, your eye and comfortable shoes as we explore and record the beauty of Flat Rock Brook Nature Center’s seasonal wonders with Realf Schermer, an Englewood resident and professional photographer who has won numerous awards for his work on national advertising campaigns, special projects, and other assignments.
Realf’s career spans more than twenty years and extends across all areas of the industry. He has exhibited and lectured at several New Jersey locations. His show, “A Walk in the Woods,” a celebration of the natural world, supports the advancement of environmental education in New Jersey.

While today’s technology makes it possible to alter and enhance photographs as never before, what is still most important is the basic shot—composition and focus, using light, and finding the magic that makes a photograph special. Registration online or by mail is required. $15 per session; or $50 for the entire series.

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Toddler Times
Tuesdays, June 16, July 14, and August 18
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Ages 2-5 with adult
Your little ones will have fun engaging with the natural world through science-based children’s literature and adventure! Each class is designed for toddlers, and includes a story, craft, and nature activity. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly. Register online or by mail today! $5 members/$8 non-members.

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Father’s Day Hike
Sunday, June 21
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., For families
Hit the trails with dad this year to celebrate! This guided hike will be a great way to spend some quality time outdoors with the family, and learn a few new things along the way! Dads hike for free!
Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Alien Invaders!
Sunday, June 28; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 8 and older
We’re being invaded by alien creatures! Foreign plants and animals brought from other parts of the world to New Jersey are spreading and taking over! These invasive species can have a negative impact on our native flora and fauna. Join us for a walk on the trails and learn how to identify and combat these invaders. Also, learn the interesting histories of how they came to live at Flat Rock Brook. Registration by mail or online is required. Free for members; $5 non-members.

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Name That Tree
Sunday, July 12; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 7 and older
Take a short walk and learn to identify the most common trees at Flat Rock. Examine the different leaves, seeds, and bark that make each tree unique. Discover all the parts of a tree and their function. Bring your own field guide or borrow one of ours. Meet at the Nature Center. Registration online or by mail is required.. $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Never Say “Ugh” to a Bug
Sunday, July 26, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 4 and older
Have you met our creepy crawlies? Using our Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and common crickets, we’ll teach you all about insects and the important jobs they do in nature. You’ll get a chance to touch, examine, and hold these creatures, and then we’ll take a short hike to look for insects and their homes outside. Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members; $8 non-members.

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Wet Wildlife
Sunday, August 23; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 7 and older
Take a closer look at the plant and animal life in Flat Rock’s Quarry Pond. Explore the life in the pond from the smallest insects to the largest frogs. Learn how to use a microscope to examine microscopic insects. Come dressed for the weather and ready to get your hands wet!
Registration online or by mail is required.$5 members; $8 non-members.

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Homeschool Programs

This is a great way to supplement your science curriculum with hands-on and fun nature experiences. Children will be separated into groups by age to enhance their learning development. Each month’s lessons 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. 6 classes per session, per session cost: $90 for members; $110 for non-members.

Homeschool Programs will resume in the fall.



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 to










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