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 24hours before the program. 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.
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For adults and teens
Join local birders and our staff as we do our part to count all the birds at Flat Rock 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 or shine! Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Bring lunch. Beginners welcome. No need to register. Free for all.
Winter Toddler Times
Tuesdays, December 17, January 14, February 11
Thursdays, December 19, January 16, February 13
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 at the Nature Center, and will include a story and interactive activity. Come and join us for the fun! Registration by mail or online is required. Per child cost: $5 members, $8 non-members.
Winter Break Nature Camp
Monday and Tuesday, December 30 and 31
9:00 am - 3:00 p.m.
For children in grades 3-5
Come and join us for 2 days of winter fun at Flat Rock! We’ll explore topics about the snowy season with hands-on activities, take hikes to discover what’s happening on the trails, and have some fun with wintry nature games. Space is limited, so gear up for some frosty fun! Be sure to dress appropriately and bring your lunch! Registration by mail or online is required. $80 members, $95 non-members.
Winter Young Explorers
Wednesdays, January 8 and 15; February 5 and 19; and March 5 and 19; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
For children 4-7 years old
We will hike a different trail each week looking for animal tracks and other signs of animal life in winter, as well as investigate the properties of ice and snow. Remember: this is an outdoor class with a lot of walking to keep warm and a subject-related story. Registration by mail or online is required
. $70 for members only. You must be or become a $45 family member.
Owl Howl Night Hike
Thursday, January 16; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
For families with children 6 and older
Join us on this full moon night hike to look for owls. We’ll play recorded owl calls to see if we can get a response from these nocturnal hunters. Learn how to hoot like an owl and warm up inside with hot chocolate and tea. Registration by mail or online is required.$5 for members, $8 for non-members.
Martin Luther King Day Hike, Monday, January 20
Presidents’ Day Hike, Monday, February 17
2:00 – 3:00 pm; For adults and children 9 and older
Celebrate the winter holidays with trail guide Geneva
Warrick by taking a beautiful hike through the Flat
Rock woods. Each hike is about 2-3 miles depending on the group’s pace. Dress for the weather.
No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.
Sunday, January 26; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families with children 6 and older
Grab your coat and bring your curiosity for winter wonders! Learn about snow and enjoy a guided
hike on the trails. Then make your own snow to take home! Registration by mail or online is required.
$5 members, $8 non-members.
Birders without Borders:
Eagle Watching on the Hudson River
Sunday, February 2; 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For adults and families with children 10 and up
Join Flat Rock Brook’s Education Director, Jill Bennetta, and Tenafly Nature Center’s Education Director, Debora Davidson, for a full day of Bald Eagle watching. The search will take the group up the Hudson River corridor and across the New York border, with possible stops at Bear Mountain, Croton Point and George’s Point. Bring binoculars if you have them; if not we can loan you a pair. Please meet at Tenafly Nature Center at 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly for carpooling. Registration by mail or online is required. $15 members, $20 non-members.
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, February 16; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For adults and children 8 and older
Be a “Citizen Scientist” and participate in this national bird research project. Learn to identify New Jersey’s winter birds and then take a guided walk to identify and count all the birds we can find. Our data will be used by scientists at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to analyze bird populations. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.
Beat the Winter Blues Hike
Sunday, February 23; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults and children 6 and older
Time to get out of the house and get some fresh air! There’s a lot going on at Flat Rock in the winter time. We’ll look for animal tracks and signs to hopefully discover the first hints of spring. No need to register. Free for members, $5 for non-members.