Weekend greeters assist Flat Rock Brook in welcoming guests and answering questions about our preserve and programs on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers provide a valuable service during peak visitation times. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Assist our staff on occasional trail projects such as clearing, woodchipping or litter clean-up. These projects help maintain the beauty of our preserve for all to enjoy. All trail-related work requires light physical labor. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Assist our staff with managing the health of our preserve. Qualified and experienced candidates with some proficiency in conducting water studies, animal and plant inventories and forest research are periodically sought on an individual project basis. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
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. Since 1974, the Trail Guides of Flat Rock Brook have taught nature study classes outdoors to elementary school children.
New recruits learn from experienced guides teaching children on nature walks. Trail guides also participate in educational workshops and attend field trips to various natural areas throughout the region. The training program is free. Sessions are held in March, April, May, September and October with indoor lectures and outdoor exploration on our trails.
Graduated trail guides lead at least five nature walks weekday mornings or afternoons in April, May, and June and at least five in September, October, and November.
This innovative volunteer program is always seeking new teachers. Experience working with children required. Must be available weekdays in the spring, summer and/or fall. Minimum age requirement is 21 years old.
The gardens at Flat Rock Brook were constructed by our volunteer gardeners. It is an ongoing project and everyone is welcome to join this group regardless of experience. Volunteer gardeners work in Flat Rock’s Butterfly and Native Habitat Gardens on upkeep, maintenance and employing innovative ideas for the care of our gardens. We use integrated pest management gardening techniques and plant natives to attract beneficial insects and other wildlife. Our gardeners attend seminars, field trips and hold meetings to discuss happenings in the gardens.
The gardeners meet on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. from April through October and concentrate their efforts on garden care from spring through fall. If you would like to become a Flat Rock Brook Gardener, please complete the volunteer form below. Must be at least 18 years old.
Volunteer groups from corporate, non-profit, and private organizations assist Flat Rock Brook with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native plantings, erosion control installation, and other projects. All programs require easy to moderate labor. All 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 call our office at (201) 567-1265.
Flat Rock Brook hosts several annual events. Our annual Recognition Dinner honors outstanding individuals and companies. The Great Fall Festival brings hundreds of families to the Nature Center for outdoor fun, while our 5K run draws several hundred trail runners. We seek individuals to assist with a variety of efforts to help ensure our success at these events. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
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