Volunteer at Flat Rock Brook
Flat Rock Brook has succeeded for over forty-five with the help and support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available at the Nature Center for both adults and students. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out Volunteer Form or print a copy and mail it to:
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact our office at 201 567-1265 or e-mail us for additional information.
Ways You Can Help
Experience the joy of teaching as a Trail Guide
Since 1974, the Trail Guides of Flat Rock Brook have taught nature study classes outdoors to elementary school children. Today, Trail Guides teach thousands of students each year. This innovative volunteer program is always seeking new volunteer teachers. If you have a special interest in nature and the outdoors, enjoy sharing your knowledge with children, and would like to learn more about the natural world, you may enjoy participating in Flat Rock Brook's volunteer Trail Guide program.
The training program is free. Sessions are held in March, April and May, September and October with indoor lectures and outside explorations on the trails. New recruits learn from experienced guides teachingchildren on nature walks. Graduated trail guides lead at least five nature walks weekday mornings or afternoons in April, May, June and at least five in September, October, and November. Trail Guides also participate in educational workshops and field trips to various natural areas throughout the region to help broaden their knowledge. Contact education director Jill Bennetta 201 567-1265 ext. 203 if you are interested in joining this program.
Share your Green Thumb as a Flat Rock Brook Gardener
The Flat Rock gardens are works in progress, needing upkeep, maintenance and new ideas—and we always need volunteers. The Gardeners work on our gardens, hold meetings, seminars and field trips. Interested gardeners—new or experienced—are invited to attend. The Gardeners work on our gardens, hold meetings, seminars, and field trips. Interested gardeners—new or experienced —are invited to participate.
The Gardeners meet Wednesdays from May to October and focus on garden care throughout the seasons. The Gardeners learn more about their craft by maintaining and caring for the native plant gardens at the Nature Center. They use integrated pest management gardening techniques and native plants to attract beneficial insects and other wildlife. Low maintenance ground covers are used to replace thirsty high care lawns. To join the Flat Rock Brook Gardeners, email Kathy Silberstein.
Volunteer Projects for Groups For Adults and Teens
The Flat Rock Brook Nature Center relies on the dedication of hundreds of volunteers to meet its mission goals. Volunteer groups from corporate, non-profit, and private organizations settings assist Flat Rock Brook with its preservation and education initiatives in a variety of ways. A number of outdoor opportunities are available for groups through most of the year. Projects include trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native plantings, erosion control installation, and other projects. All programs requires easy to moderate labor. All supplies and materials are supplied. We can accommodate groups of up to 20 individuals for volunteer days ranging from 1 to 7 hours.
If you are interested in a group volunteer opportunity, please fill out the Group Volunteer Application form stating your volunteer interests along with your contact information We will contact you to explore opportunities.
Serve on a Committee
Members are invited to serve on a committee. Flat Rock Brook's committees serve an important roles at Flat Rock Brook in various areas of expertise. Call Sandy C at 201 567-1265 and she will put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair. Volunteer forms are not required to explore joining a committee. The following committees seek new members:
Membership - works to increase Flat Rock Brook's membership.
Development - organizes Flat Rock Brook's fund raising effort.
Land Stewardship - addresses issues of land maintenance and preservation.
Nature Day - plans Flat Rock Brook’s annual celebration of nature in May.
Programs - helps plan Flat Rock Brook's programs.
Publicity - promotes Flat Rock Brook's programs, special events, and news to the media and our membership.
Building - monitors the condition of Flat Rock Brook’s building and recommends necessary repairs and modifications.
Assist with Special Events
Flat Rock Brook hosts several annual events. The Great Fall Festival brings hundreds of families to the Nature Center for outdoor fun, while our 5K run draws several hundred trail runners and our annual gala recognizes outstanding individuals and corporations in our community. These exciting events and several others seek volunteers annually. Our staff and volunteers work together on these important events that support our preserve. Contact Sandy at 201 567-1265 to sign up.
Join our Mailing Crew
Join Flat Rock Brook's mail group. These amazing volunteers have lots of fun while they perform the essential task of keeping our membership up to date on what's happening at Flat Rock Brook by organizing our bulk mailings, which include the quarterly newsletter, notifications of Special Events, membership renewals and fundraising solicitations. We provide lunch! Call Sandy at 201 567-1265 to sign up.