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2018 Summer Camp Scholarships a Success!

educatorwithfrog2018 Summer Nature Day Camp Scholarships Awarded!

School is back in session.  Memories of summer are fleeting.  Hopefully not for the lucky recipients of scholarships to Flat Rock Brook's Summer Nature Day Camp.  Our goal is to provide kids with memories that last a lifetime.

Ten lucky local students were awarded scholarships to attend a week-long session at our summer day camp.  Students experienced hands-on discovery and adventure in nature through exploration of our pond and forest and through activities, crafts and games.  Selection is based on financial need and additional criteria. 

This was our pilot year for the program and we will repeat it again in 2019.  If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please call us at (201) 567-1265 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2018 scholarships were made possible through the genorosity of:

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 Philip Ball, Aaron Cooper, Corinne Hoexter, Mr. & Mrs. Allan Millstein, Jeff Russell, and Mr. & Mrs. Dan Simpson

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FRB Annual Meeting

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Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Monday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Flat Rock Brook Nature Association which will be held on September 17th at our Nature Center headquarters at 443 Van Nostrand Avenue. The agenda includes the election of new trustees, proposed bylaw revisions and a review of the past year. The Annual Meeting will be followed by the first organizational meeting of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees. Refreshments will be served.

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In Memoriam


Remembering Jill Bennetta

It is with great sadness that Flat Rock Brook Nature Center informs our community of the passing of our beloved Education Director Jill Bennetta who passed away on July 11th at the age of 43. 

Jill was a treasured part of the Flat Rock Brook family for the last 13 years.  She was hired as our Education Director in July 2005.  Jill was a great teacher, a talented administrator of programming, and esteemed in her field of environmental education.

She started our outreach programming in schools, greatly enhanced our summer camp, and was one of the foremost experts in New Jersey on birds of prey.  She was integral in the planning and design of our new four-bay aviary.  Thanks to Jill’s vision, we provide a home for non-releasable raptors.  We currently house two owls, two hawks and an American Kestrel.  She was also central in the concept, design and execution of our $1 million exhibit renovation that was completed in 2012, working hundreds of hours with the design team to make our Nature Center exhibit room one of the best in the state. 

But most importantly, Jill was a wonderful person.  She was exceptionally kind and always ready to help anyone.  Jill will always be remembered for her warm and friendly nature.  She was also the embodiment of a Naturalist sharing her knowledge of the natural world while inspiring tens of thousands of people at Flat Rock Brook.  She is an inspiration to those of us who follow in her footsteps to continue the work of protecting our planet, and passing on knowledge to future generations.

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Flat Rock Nights

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Flat Rock Nights

Full Moon Howl "Hunters Moon"

Wednesday, October 24  7:00 - 8:30 p.m

What can you see by the light of the full "Hunter's Moon" at Flat Rock Brook?  Why does the moon change shape?  Come on a nighttime hike and find out.  We'll do activities to test how sharp your senses are in the dark and search for signs of nocturnal life.  The hike will be followed by hot chocolate and classic ghost stories!  Perfect for this spooky time of year.  Bring a flashlight.

 For families with children 10+

Reservations required:  call (201) 567-1265 to reserve your space! 

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