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Programs

Outreach

outreach1Flat Rock Brook’s outreach programs are offered to schools, libraries, scout groups, senior centers, and others -  allowing participants to discover and understand the wonder and diversity of nature without leaving their facility. Attendees are engaged fully in the program topic through hands-on activities, and demonstrations. Whether dissecting an owl pellet, experiencing a close-up encounter with a reptile or amphibian, or examining the watershed and how it is affected by human activity, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of nature and an appreciation of its importance to their lives. Basic Programs are 45 mins- 1 hour long. Extended programs are 1½ hours long. Assembly programs are for groups larger than 35.

Contact Jill Bennetta, education director, for information and to schedule outreach programs (201) 567-1265.

 

Program Details

Birds of Prey
Pre K- Grade 12
Day and night, raptors are flying, hunting, and roosting here in New Jersey. Through artifacts and live birds of prey, students will learn about Flat Rock Brook’s feathered ambassadors, including their behavior, physiology, adaptations and natural history.

Never Say “Ugh” to a Bug
Pre-K to Grade 5
Students will experience these adaptable creatures up close as they are visited by real insects. This program teaches students to appreciate the unique characteristics of insects and explains metamorphosis and insects’ importance in the environment. Extended programs can include outdoor insect hikes on the school grounds.

Scaly or Slimy?
Pre-K to Grade 12
Real live reptiles and amphibians “visit” the classroom to help teach children the different characteristics of these two animal families. Students will be able to touch the animals while learning about conservation and respect for all living things.

What’s the Weather?
Grades K - 8
This program will introduce concepts of weather and ways to interpret signs of weather such as clouds, wind, and rain. Students also discover how weather affects plants, animals, and land.

Bird-Brained
Grades 1 - 8
What makes a bird a bird? Take a closer look at feathers, eggs, nests, and other interesting artifacts. Through hands-on activities and a Power Point slide show, students will learn about the unique and fascinating adaptations that birds have to help them survive.

Life Cycles
Grades 2 - 5
What are the stages of a bullfrog’s life? What does an oak tree grow from? Discover the dynamic life cycles of plants and animals through a PowerPoint slide show and props.

Rainforest Revue
Grades 2 - 8
How do the plants and animals of tropical rainforests adapt to the extreme rainfall and temperatures? What happens to animals during the wet season? How do plants attract pollinators? Students will learn about the amazing adaptations of rainforest animals and plants through a series of interactive games and activities.

Remarkable Rocks
Grades 2 - 6
Students will become Junior Geologists to determine the three different families of rocks by their characteristics, how rocks change over time and how people use rocks in everyday life in this fun and engaging introductory geology program.

Botany 
Grades 3 - 8 
Students will discover the hidden world of plants through pictures and plant “touchables.” Learn about the different parts and groups of plants,  the role they play in the ecosystem, and which plants are native to New Jersey.

Group Challenge
Grades 3 - 12
Activities focus on the skills needed to be a successful group member and provide students with an opportunity to practice those skills in problem solving situations. A great way to make your group a cohesive one!

Mammals of New Jersey
Grades 3 - 12
This interactive presentation will introduce students to the unique characteristics of mammals and the furry friends that are native to New Jersey. A live mammal will also visit the classroom for students to meet up close!

Enviroscape “Water” You Talking About?
Grades 4 - 8
Using the “Enviroscape” 3-D model, students will see how a watershed works and what causes point and non-point source pollution. Every student will have an opportunity to participate, and all will leave with a better understanding of the importance of caring for our water resources.

Save Our Species
Grades 4 - 8
Through engaging activities, visuals, and “touchables,” students will learn the five main reasons why animals and plants become endangered. New Jersey’s endangered species and conservation issues will be discussed, as well as global issues that affect our lives locally.

Whooo’s Eating Who?
Grades 4 - 8
Dissecting owl pellets is a fascinating, hands-on activity that will captivate your students. Small groups of students will try to determine an owl’s diet and assemble the skeletons they find in their owl pellets in order to draw conclusions about food webs in nature.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Grades 6 - 12
In this informative and engaging program, students will learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the products we use in our everyday lives through a series of activities and demonstrations.

 

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Homeschool

Homeschool 2018

Home-schooled students aged 4-7 and 8-12 are welcome to join educators from Tenafly Nature CenterFlat Rock Brook, and Teaneck Creek Conservancy as we introduce your home school explorers to a plethora of plants and the interesting world of insects. Each month explorers will discover a new locale that is a part of beautiful Bergen County and explore the hidden gems within. Topics will range from basic botany to identifying aquatic macro-organisms and will feature hands-on/minds-on exploration perfect for a budding to intermediate naturalist. Meet other home school families while kids strengthen their knowledge and appreciation for the environment.

This is a drop off program intended for students aged 4-7 and 8-12. Students should wear appropriate outdoor gear and sturdy, closed-toe footwear. Rain or shine; the program will take place indoors and outdoors. Please no hand-held devices. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

  • Ages 4-7: 9:30 am to 11:00 am at all locations.
  • Ages 8-12: 9:30 am to 11:30 at all locations.
  • Thursdays, March 15, 22, 29 at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center (443 Van Nostrand Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631)
  • Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26 at Teaneck Creek Conservancy (20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666
  • Thursday, May 3,10, 17 at Tenafly Nature Center (313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly NJ 07670)

Cost per child for 9-week series:

  • $135 for members (must be a member of Flat Rock Brook, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, OR Tenafly Nature Center)
  • $180 for non-members

 Registration is through Tenafly Nature Center: Click Here

 

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For the Public

Sunset Hikes
Tuesdays in September and October
6-7pm
For adults and children ages 10 and up.
Take a sunset hike along the trails and through the forest led by Flat Rock Brook’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
9-11am

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.

Migrating Monarchs
Sunday, September 18
2-3pm
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!
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
$5 members, $8 non-members

Fun in the Woods
Parents and children learn together as we explore the various trails of FRB in the Fall. We will explore the forest, meadow and pond habitats and learn about the animal life in each.
We also have a story each week about what we are likely to see.
The series of classes will be on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 for ages 4-7 for 6 weeks:
September 19, 26 and October 10, 17, 24 and November 7
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
$75 for the series for Flat Rock Brook members only. You must have a family membership to register for this program.

Toddler Times
Tuesdays: September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20
4:00 – 4:45pm
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.
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
Per child, per class cost: $5 members, $8 non-members.

Autumn Equinox 2016
Thursday, September 22
7-8pm
The Autumn Equinox is Here! Wait, What's the Autumn Equinox? We will find out all about the autumn equinox, how different cultures celebrate it and why this celestial event is important. For adults and teens.
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
Free for members, $5 non-members

Surprise Sundays!
Sunday, September 25, October 23, November 27 and December 11
2-3pm
For All
Frogs? Birds? Bugs? Anything is fair game on Surprise Sundays! Hang out with Alissa and learn all about a new topic each Surprise Sunday. Who knows what we will get ourselves into!
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
Cost?

Fall Colors
Sunday, October 9
2-3pm
Fall is in full swing, and the leaves are changing color, but why? Come find out the science behind beautiful fall foliage!
Registration?
Cost?

BCAS- Return of the Raptors
Thursday, October 13
7pm
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.
Registration?
Free for all.

Greenbrook Sanctuary Hike
Saturday, October 15
1-2pm
Join FRB as we go behind the fences of Greenbrook Sanctuary and take a guided hike with Director Sandra Bonardi. We will pass by the bog and cliffs during this informative and beautiful walk.
Preregistration is REQUIRED
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
Free to all

Water Monitoring Workshop
Sunday, October 16
10am-12pm
Clean water is essential for survival, and we must protect it. Join FRB as we learn about water quality and how to get involved in stream monitoring. Program includes a field portion, so bring your waders!
Registration?
Cost?

Flat Rock Brook Family Scavenger Hunt- Halloween Edition
Sunday, October 30
1-4pm
For Families
Calling all adventurous families! Back by popular demand, 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!
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
Per family cost: $10 members, $15 non-members.

Native Americans in New Jersey
Sunday, November 6
2-3pm
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?
Cost?

BCAS Winter Birds of Bergen County
Thursday, November 10
7pm
For all.
Despite living in the most densely populated state in the US, New Jersey and Bergen County have amazing and diverse bird species... and many more will be coming here to spend the winter. Join us at FRB as we partner with Bergen County Audubon Society and learn about the wintering birds of Bergen County.
Registration?
Free.

Movies at Flat Rock Brook

Epic Sunday, November 13 3:00 pm For families, Rated PG A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours. Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
Suggested Donation per family is $5

Let’s Go Lego!
Sunday, November 20
2-3pm
Children ages 6 and up
Love Legos? Love nature? Come and join us as we replicate the wonders of nature using Legos! Each participant takes home a picture of their creations. SO MUCH FUN!!!
Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
$5 members/$8 nonmembers

Pollution Solutions
Sunday, December 4
2-3pm
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!
Registration?
Cost?

Project Feederwatch
Every Monday and Tuesday in December, with the exception of December 26-27
10:00am – 12:00pm
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.
Registration not required
Free.

Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17
9:00am – 1:00pm
For adults and teens.
Join local birders and Flat Rock Brook’s 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, snow or shine! Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Bring lunch. Beginners welcome.
Registration not required
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 staff for a program full of folklore and hiking on our trails.

Register HERE or complete REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail
$5 members, $8 non-members.

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For Schools

education511Enrich your classroom curriculum with a unique learning experience! Lessons use the outdoors as a classroom and include a focused walk during which nature concepts are discussed and illustrated through hands-on activities. Each program satisfies a variety of New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
To register call the Flat Rock Brook office at (201) 567-1265

 

Programs

Nature Programs for Schools

ABC Discovery
Pre-K to Grade 1
1hour The perfect introductory nature experience! During a guided walk, children will find out how safe and have fun in the outdoors while being exposed to the wonders of nature!

Discover Nature
Grades K-1
1-1.5 hours Children explore the textures, sights, sounds and smells of the pond, forest, and meadow through this sensory-oriented lesson.

What’s the Weather?
Grades K-8
1.5 hours This program will introduce concepts of weather and ways to interpret signs of weather such as clouds, wind, and rain. Students will also discover how weather affects plants, animals and land.

The Fascinating Forest
Grades 1-4
1.5-2 hours Discover the forest habitat and its organisms, from the forest floor to the tree canopy, with an emphasis on the forest’s main component: trees.

Who Lives Here?
Grades 2-5
1.5-2 hours Find out what all plants, animals and people need to survive and explore the differences between the forest, meadow and pond habitats. Older students will complete a mini-study of each habitat.

Life Cycles
Grades 2-5
1.5-2 hours What are the stages of an amphibian’s life? What does an oak tree grow from? Search for answers along the trail during this informative lesson about living things in nature.

Remarkable Rocks
Grades 3-6
1.5- 2 hours Students will become junior geologists to determine the three families of rocks by their characteristics, how rocks change over time, and how people use rocks in our everyday lives in this fun and engaging introductory geology program.

Staying Alive
Grades 3-6
1.5-2 hours How do plants and animals survive predators on the prowl or severe weather? Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations that help plants and wildlife succeed in nature.

Reasons for the Seasons
Grades 3-6
1.5-2 hours Which animals migrate and which ones hibernate? Observe the plants and animals of Flat Rock Brook as they get ready for the changing seasons. FALL ONLY.

Wilderness Survival
Grades 3-12
1.5-2 hours This program is a fun and interesting way to introduce different wilderness survival techniques, while providing the opportunity for students to improve upon interpersonal skills,

Group Challenge
Grades 3-12
1.5-2 hours The activities used in this program give the students an idea of the skills needed to be a good group member and the opportunity to practice those skills in problem solving situations. A great way to make your group a cohesive one!

Win, Lose or Draw
Grades 4-6
1.5-2 hours Plants and animals are in constant competition with each other. Explore Flat Rock to look for evidence of food webs, commensalism, parasitism and mutualism.

The Keys to Trees
Grades 4-8
1.5-2 Hours Hone classification and observation skills by using a simple key, designed specifically for our park, to identify common tree species. Examine the bark, leaves and seeds that make each tree unique.

Pond Ecology
Grades 5-8
1.5-2 hours Student scientists will be given the mission of assessing the health of our pond. Groups will conduct chemical tests and specimen collections to gather data on the biotic and abiotic components of the habitat before coming to their conclusions.

Botany
Grades 5-8
1.5-2 hours Students will discover the hidden world of plants. Learn about the different parts and groups of plants, the role they play in different ecosystems, and which ones are native to New Jersey.

Wild Wetlands
Grades 5-8
1.5-2 Hours Wetlands are more than just a soggy part of nature. Explore this valuable habitat at Flat Rock, discover the flora and fauna that thrive here and examine its ecological importance.

 

 

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For Educators

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Summer Camp

summercamp5Summer Nature Day Camp offers hands-on discovery and adventure for children ages pre-K to seventh grade. Explore the forest, pond, and meadow through nature activities, crafts, and games.

Each age group focuses on a specific nature theme through hikes, games, crafts, stories, and experiments. For the best learning experience, each group is kept small with 10-15 children.

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Group Walks

snow class2Flat Rock offers one-hour guided nature walks for groups year-round. These walks are available to groups of children four years or older, youth groups, adult groups, and groups with special needs. Walks include an exploration of the plants and animals of the pond, forest, and field habitats as well as seasonal changes at the park. Nature concepts are discussed and illustrated with natural objects. Walks can be catered to the specific needs and interests of each group. For example, if a scout group wishes to have a program that will complete a badge requirement, arrangements can be made with the staff naturalist prior to the walk.

All walks start and end at the Nature Center building at 443 Van Nostrand Ave unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Walks can be scheduled throughout the year, subject to the availability of the staff naturalist.  To register for a group program please call the Flat Rock Brook office at 201 567-1265.

  • Lessons are $6.00 per person, including two free chaperones
  • Each additional chaperone is $6.00
  • Minimum program fee $40.00

Group size is  limited to 50 participants.  Children's groups may be smaller based on age of participants.  Payment must be made at least one week prior to a scheduled walk or registration will be cancelled.

If Flat Rock cancels a scheduled nature walk due to weather-related circumstances, we will attempt to reschedule your program or refund your money. If the group cancels the walk for any reason, the payment is considered a donation to the Nature Center.

 

 

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