Public Programs

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


Spring/ Summer 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 otherwise. Please be aware of age requirements. For additional information, please call 201-567-1265.

Sunset Hikes
Every Tuesday in April, May, 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 our Trail Guides. Hikes are about 2-3 miles. These hikes are great for beginners, an easy workout and a relaxing way to end your day. Enjoy the beauty and take advantage of hiking close to home. No Need to Register. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Garden in the Morning
Wednesdays in April, May, June, July and August
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
For adults
The Flat Rock Brook Gardeners invite one and all (everyone is welcome regardless of experience) to the kick-off of the 2016 gardening season. Gardeners meet every Wednesday and continue through October. Each session begins with a 10-minute mini-lesson. No need to register. Free to All.

Sunday Walk and Talks
Sundays in April, May, June, July and August, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For adults
Join Flat Rock Brook on leisurely walks through our trails every Sunday from May through August. Enjoy the trails with trail guide Mirella Signoretto and explore the beauty of Flat Rock Brook. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Spring Bird Walks
Mondays, April 25, May 2, 9, and 16, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
For adults
Join us for one or more morning bird walks as we search for colorful spring migrants and resident birds returning to nest. These informal walks provide the basics to enjoy bird watching in our natural areas or right in your own backyard. Bring binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours). For beginner and veteran birders. Registration online or by mail is required. Free for members, $5 non-members. Note: Members register by email to Sandy@flatrockbrook. Non Members register below.

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Young Explorers in the Spring
Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and June 6 and 13.
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
For children 4-7 years old.
Parents and children will share together as we explore and learn about what we find on the various trails at Flat Rock Brook. We will learn about the pond, meadow and forest habitats and have an age/topic appropriate story each week. Registration online or by mail is required. $75 for members only. Class sizes are limited to 10 children. You must be or become a $50 family member.

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Moms and Merriment
Sunday, May 8, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families and children ages 4 and up
Treat mom to an afternoon on the trails and a homemade planter to take home for Mother’s Day! Enjoy some fresh air and natural beauty during a relaxing hike, and then make a special planter using recycled materials to show your appreciation while enjoying tea and cookies back at the Nature Center. Registration online or by mail is required. Per person cost: Moms are FREE, $5 for members, $8 for non-members

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Butterfly Gardening With Native Plants
Thursday, May 12, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
For adults
Learn what native plants to plant as nectar and host sources to attract butterflies to your garden with Don Torino, President of Bergen County Audubon Society. No need to register. Free to all.

The Great Spring Bird Count
Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Help Flat Rock Brook staff collect data on the bird species of our preserve. This one day count will help us better understand which birds are frequenting Flat Rock Brook during the migratory season. Bring binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours). For beginner and veteran birders. No need to register. Free to all.

Toddler Times
Tuesdays, May 17, June 14, July 19 and August 16
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
For ages 2-5 with adult
Get your little ones having fun and being engaged with the natural world through science-based children’s literature and adventure! Each class is designed for your little one, and includes a story, craft and nature activity. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly, so register online or by mail today! Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Saturday Guided Hikes
May 28, June 25, July 16, August 13
9:00-10:30 a.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Join us for a guided hike through Flat Rock Brook with Land Manager Ryan Hasko. Enjoy trails on a light hike as we look for breeding birds and nests, wildflowers, and learn how to identify the trees of Flat Rock Brook during one of these informative walk and talks. Walk begins in the gazebo at the nature center parking lot. No need to register. Free for members, $5 non-members.

National Trails Day Family Hike and Clean-up
Saturday, June 4,1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
For families with children ages 5 and older
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Flat Rock woods to celebrate National Trails Day with Education Director Jill Bennetta. As we enjoy the late spring splendor, we’ll pick up litter to leave the trails a little better than they were when we started. No need to register. Free to all.

Father’s Day Hike
Sunday, June 19, 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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Native Plant Walk
With Bergen County Audubon Society
Sunday, June 26, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
For adults
Don Torino, President of Bergen County Audubon Society will lead a plant walk as we look for native plants growing at Flat Rock Brook and discuss their importance to birds, insects, wildlife and habitats.
No need to register. Free to all.

Fascinating Forest
Sunday, July 10, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For families with children ages 5 and older
Explore the forest with us! Ever wonder what makes a forest grow? What lives there and where? Explore the forest at the Jones Road entrance and the Orange Trail with Flat Rock Brook’s staff. Play games, participate in great activities- what could be more fun? Registration online or by mail is required. $5 members, $8 non-members.

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Scaly Flat Rock Brook Cancelled
Sunday, July 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For families and children
What makes a reptile a reptile? Visit with real live reptiles to learn all about these wonderfully scaly creatures! Meet turtles and snakes and dragons, oh my!
Registration online or by mail is required.
$5 members, $8 non-members.

Water Quality Issues in New Jersey
Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For adults
Where do we get our water? What is our water quality like these days? Join us here at the nature center and find out! Water quality is a hot topic and we will find out answers to some of our more pressing questions. Registration online or by mail is required. Free for members, $5 non-members.

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Wet Wildlife

Sunday, August 21,1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 7 and older
This program was so successful last year, we’ve decided to do it again! 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 turtles. 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

Homeschool Programs
Wednesdays, May 4 and 11, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For children ages 5-7; For children ages 8-12
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 online or by mail is required. Space is limited. 2 classes per session, per session cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members.

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Homeschool Session Spring 2016

May 4 and 11 Both classes this month will focus on various examples of adaptations in nature.


Arts for Life at Flat Rock Brook

Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is collaborating with the Arts for Life Network of NJ to present an Arts Sampler Weekend for adults 50-plus on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. at Flat Rock Brook. Both days will offer a choice of participatory programs in art, dance, acting, shamanic drumming and poetry-writing. While the event is free, pre-registration is required as space is limited.
The workshops will be led by Herrat Sommerhoff, a faculty member and trustee at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford; Alexandra Stavrou, a dancer/choreographer at the Center for Modern Dance Education in Hackensack; Michael Bias, founder and producing director of the Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck; Anne Wennhold, a shamanic drummer based in Leonia; and Teresa Carson, poet and playwright and associate publisher at CavanKerry Press in Fort Lee. A lunchtime musical program will be presented by Amy Herbitter, recorderist and guitarist and co-founder of the Morris Consort, from Rockaway, NJ.

Arts for Life NJ, founded and operated by Jacqueline Guttman, promotes and provides high-quality, modestly priced active arts programming for active adults 50 and older. Additional details about the Flat Rock Brook Arts Sampler Weekend can be found at

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and sponsored by NVE Bank.

To register, fill out the the arts registration form to select the programs you wish to participate in and mail it to Flat Rock Brook or contact Flat Rock Brook by phone at 201-567-1265

Programs for Arts for Life Weekend

Saturday, June 4
11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 5
11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

11-11:30   Shamanic Drumming

11:30-1:00   Actor’s Craft

11:30-1:00   Poetry – Where Are You From?

1:00-2:00   Break – Musical Interlude

2:00-3:30   Move That Body!

2:00-3:30  Reuse, Recycle, Make Art!

3:30-4:00 Review and Reflect

11-11:30   Shamanic Drumming

11:30-1:00 Actor’s Craft

11:30-1:00 Reuse, Recycle, Make Art! 

1:00-2:00   Break – Musical Interlude

2:00-3:30   Move That Body!

2:00-3:30  Poetry – Where Are You From

3:30-4:00 Review and Reflect



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

Flower Moon Bonfire
Sunday, May 22, 8:00 -10:30 p.m.
Palisades Interstate Park, Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. Participate in this beach bonfire with park staff. Meet at the beach at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin and bring a blanket or chair. For more information call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

From South Africa to Allendale
Friday, May 27, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Allendale Borough Hall, West Crescent Avenue, Allendale
Join Fyke Nature Association for its monthly meeting and special presentation From South Africa to Allendale. Jerry Barrack will present many of his favorite images. The private game preserves of Phinda and Londolozi and Kreuger National Park in South Africa provided great images of Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffalo, Elephants, and Rhinos and many birds not seen in the United States. For more information visit

Eco-cruise the Meadowlands
with Hackensack RiverKeeper
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus
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. Call 201-968-0808 to reserve your seats. Requested donations: $10 for kids 4-12; $25 for persons aged 13 to Adult. Not for children under 4.







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