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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.

Call for information and to schedule outreach programs (201) 567-1265.

 

 

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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.

Check back for 2019 dates!

 

 

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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 Student Learning Standards.
To register call the Flat Rock Brook office at (201) 567-1265

 

 

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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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