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.
Flat Rock Fridays
Ring in the New Moon
Friday, August 10 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Join us for our special Friday night programs. Bring the family (children 10+). Where has the moon gone? Why is it so dark outside? Why are the stars so bright? Come on this night hike to learn what it means to have a new moon and why it is sometimes hard to see in the sky. Hike is 2-3 miles long. Bring a flashlight. Bugspray is highly recommended!
Call (201) 567-1265 to reserve your spot.
SUEZ North America Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Flat Rock Brook to support our watershed program for the 2018/19 school year. The program reaches 7th graders at the Upper School in Englewood Cliffs school district.
The Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund recently granted $5,000 to Flat Rock Brook to support our Environmental Education Program. Flat Rock Brook has a long history of producing quality environmental education programming. We have been teaching children and the public about nature and related topics for nearly 45 years. Last year, we reached over 5,100 participants with the message of the value of the natural world and their power to protect it.
Our environmental education program offers onsite field trips and outreach that serve approximately 40 area schools from nearly thirty separate municipalities in New Jersey and New York. Flat Rock Brook also offers a highly popular summer nature day camp. Public programs on a variety of natural history subjects are also available and open to the general public. Our experienced staff, including an education director and staff naturalist, manages a team of volunteer trail guides that assist in delivering programs to students each year.
Flat Rock Brook thanks the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund for its ongoing support that helps make this important program available to the community.