Flat Rock Brook is pleased to announce the arrival of Siena Stucki as our new part-time naturalist. Siena has been around Flat Rock Brook for most of her life. She started as a participant in our Summer Nature Day Camp. Her love for Flat Rock only grew from there. She has been a counselor for the camp and a volunteer at our preserve. It seems only natural that she is now happily joining the education team. Siena holds two Bachelor’s Degrees from Stockton University; one in Marine Science and one in Biology. While at Stockton, she was director of the Honors Program and an active member of the Quidditch Team. She is very excited about teaching the public about the trails and the animals found at Flat Rock Brook.
Flat Rock Brook kicked off its Guest Speaker Series with a presentation by Dr. Jay F. Kelly, Ph.D. titled “Assessing Forest Health in Central New Jersey: Effects of Deer and Invasive Plant Species”. Dr. Kelly discussed ongoing work involving deer management at Flat Rock Brook and his work studying and monitoring the effects of deer overpopulation on forest health in New Jersey. He spoke about the impact on local wildlife populations, including breeding bird populations.
The program offered an opportunity to better understand Flat Rock Brook’s decision to erect permanent deer fencing with a goal of improving forest health and regeneration. For those that were unable to attend, or would simply like to learn more, you can find a copy of the presentation here.
Flat Rock Brook wishes to recognize SUEZ for its generous sponsorship of our series.
Flat Rock Brook has received a Community Development Block Grant award for $11,262 from the County of Bergen. This grant provides continuing funding support for the Bridges to Flat Rock Brook program. The project involves Englewood Public School District students from Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th Grades taking a field trip to our 150 acre preserve. Our educators provide outreach lessons for students at their schools and for 7th graders at the Janis E. Dismus School. We also include programming in the same grades for students of the Englewood on the Palisades Charter School as part of the grant agreement. The grant support provides all the necessary supplies, bussing and staff time to implement the initiative at no cost to the partnering school districts. This is the 10th year Bergen County has funded the Bridges to Flat Rock Brook initiative, and we look forward to delivering another successful program for Englewood youth for the 2017/18 school year.
Flat Rock Brook is pleased to announce the award of a $4,000 grant from the Community Chest of Englewood to provide continuing support for the Nature Center’s environmental education initiatives. The grant will enhance our ability to provide education programs for the thousands of area adults and students to learn about the natural world. The Community Chest has been a long-time supporter of Flat Rock Brook, providing over $125,000 in grant funds over the past 25 years. We also appreciate the Community Chest’s continued support of our education initiatives in the Englewood Public School District, and their leadership regarding the excellent Professional Development Series they offer area nonprofits, which several members of the Flat Rock Brook staff.