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Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue
Englewood NJ, 07631
(201) 567-1265

Hours: Building Hours
Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Weekends 1:00pm – 5:00pm

The park is open for hiking every day from dawn to dusk.

 

Directions by Car


From New York City:
Cross the George Washington Bridge. Take Route 4. Exit at Jones Road. Proceed North (right) on Jones Road one block to Van Nostrand Avenue. Turn right, travel 1/8 mile up the hill to the Nature Center entrance at the end of the street.

From the West:
Take I-80 East until merging onto I-95 North. Take Exit 71 - Broad Avenue, Leonia/Englewood. Proceed North (right) on Broad Avenue to second traffic light at Van Nostrand Avenue. Turn right and continue up Van Nostrand Ave for a ¼ mile until arriving at the Nature Center entrance at the end of the street.

From the South:
Take the New Jersey Turnpike North (I- 95 North) toward the George Washington Bridge, using local lanes. Take Exit 71 - Broad Avenue, Leonia/Englewood. Proceed North (right) on Broad Avenue to second traffic light at Van Nostrand Avenue. Turn right and continue up Van Nostrand Ave for a ¼ mile until arriving at the Nature Center entrance at the end of the street.

From the North:
Take Palisades Parkway or Route 9W to Exit 1, Palisade Avenue, Englewood. Turn right, continue to the Jones Road intersection and make a left turn. Continue to the second four-way stop and make a left turn onto Van Nostrand Avenue and proceed up the hill to the Nature Center entrance at the end of the street.

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Our Trails

Flat Rock Brook’s 3.6 miles of trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, trail running and other recreation in a beautiful Oak-Hickory forest along the western slope of the Palisades Ridge. A network of self-guiding trails leads to a cascading stream, wetlands, pond, wildflower meadows, quarry cliffs and woodlands. Visitors can observe a remarkable array of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitats. The trails are easy to moderate in difficulty and wind throughout the preserve. Our trails are well marked with colored metal blazes that correspond to trails on our map. Free trail maps are available at both the Nature Center and Jones Road entrance.

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Click below to view our Trail Map...
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Park Rules  To ensure the safety of visitors, as well as the safety and well-being of our wildlife, we ask visitors to please obey and respect the following rules: 

  • Dogs, bicycles, fires/BBQs and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all areas of the park.
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Groups of 10 people or more must apply for a group permit at least two weeks prior to their visit pdfgroup-permit-flatrockbrook.pdf
  • Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the park.
  • Please keep our park clean and beautiful.
  • Dispose of trash in appropriate receptacles near the facilities.
  • Natural materials are not allowed to be removed from the preserve – this includes any wildlife, flowers, plant matter, mushrooms, etc.

Thank you for helping to keep Flat Rock Brook Park the gem of the Palisades.
Enjoy your visit!

 

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Our Exhibit

Come take a "Walk in the Woods" through Flat Rock Brook's habitats—indoors!

Flat Rock Brook's exhibit is an in-depth exploration of Flat Rock Brook's habitats: forest, meadow, pond and stream and watershed. Learn about the birds that are year-round residents or those that migrate through Flat Rock Brook. Our exhibit is designed to enhance your appreciation and understanding of how the elements that are found in our 150-acres interact and depend on each other in order to survive.

Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue
Englewood NJ, 07631
(201) 567-1265

Building hours:
Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Weekends  1:00 pm - 5:00pm

Trail hours:
Open daily dawn to dusk

 

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Native Habitat Gardens

The Native Habitat Gardens at Flat Rock Brook are designed to provide habitats of diverse native plants selected to attract wildlife. The largest garden area is located in the quarry, which covers two acres of landscaping and seventeen different micro ecosystems, all with varying displays of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees. Educational signage informs visitors about the gardens and provides inspiration for converting home gardens into an oasis for wildlife. Butterflies and other pollinators fill our gardens from late spring through early fall. Come stroll through the gardens, walk along Quarry Boardwalk, or relax on one of our benches in this magical space. 

Flat Rock Brook wishes to recognize generous contributions by SUEZ, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Russell Family, the Nichols Family and Friends of Flat Rock Brook whose support made our Native Habitat Gardens possible.

 

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Raptor Aviary

Come meet our Raptors!

The Raptor Aviary at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center houses various species of Birds of Prey such as owls and hawks and an American kestrel that are non-releasable—meaning that they would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. The birds live just a short distance from our Nature Center building. These animals are education ambassadors for their species, accompanying Flat Rock educators to programs at schools, community events, and other venues. The education programs teach people about the importance of protecting these bird species and their habitats. We provide our birds with regular check-ups, fresh food and water daily, and enrichment activities.

We invite the public to visit our Raptor Aviary and learn more about these animals.

Meet our Raptors

The aviary is open daily from sunrise to sunset. By adopting a hawk, kestrel or owl, you will help Flat Rock care for these beautiful birds and also support our education and preservation mission. 

Learn about our Adopt a Raptor program, which is perfect for individuals, families, schools, groups and more.

Want to help? Adopt-A-Raptor at Flat Rock Brook today.

Adopt a Raptor Today

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Picnic Area & Playground

sandycamera111Our picnic area is located on Jones Road in Englewood. Our playscape incorporates nature themes:

  • A crawl space simulating an animal den
  • Hollowed-out log home
  • A slide like an otter might use
  • A seating area of giant leaves

It is constructed of environmentally friendly materials and has a safety base of wood chips.

The area also contains numerous picnic tables and benches available for visitors. Seasonal bathrooms are typically open daily in the picnic area from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and 1pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Depending on temperatures, the bathrooms are open from Memorial Day to early November.

Parking is available along Jones Road at the picnic area entrance.
The picnic area is also accessible by hiking from the Nature Center located at 443 Van Nostrand Avenue. 

A pdfGroup Permit is required for groups of 10 or more for use of the park, including the picnic area.
All requests for group permits must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of intended arrival and must be approved for the permit to be valid.

PLEASE: 

No grills, barbecues, or fires are permitted.
Dogs, and bicycles are also prohibited. 
Picnickers are expected to dispose of litter properly.

The playground project was funded by the City of Englewood, the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, the Community Chest of Englewood, and 20 generous Flat Rock Brook members.
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