Flat Rock Brook's 8th Annual "Run in the Wild" 5K Trail Run and 1 mile Family Walk
Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Flat Rock Brook held its 8th Annual 5K trail run and new 1-mile Family Walk on Sunday, August 4th. A beautiful summer morning greeted our 125 runners and attending families.
After a brief street run, 5K participants entered our preserve for a challenging and rewarding run on our forested trails. Board member Scott Reddin energized the crowd with his dee jay and emcee talents. Englewood's own Mayor Michael Wildes sounded the starting signal for the race and mingled with the group. Our lead male runner, Andres Dutan, clocked in at 21:26.2. Tanya Marion took the top women's position at 25:07.1. We presented medals in a variety of categories soon after the last runner crossed the finish line.
After the run, families set out on a guided nature walk that traveled streamside and through our forest. After their 1-mile journey, families were treated to a live birds of prey program presented by naturalist Siena Stucki. Kids and their parents got a chance to see several species of owls, a Red-tailed Hawk, and an American Kestrel. The program teaches about the importance of these amazing birds.
Thanks to all who participated in our events. Proceeds from the run will support the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center.
Our 5K is sanctioned by the USATF.
Flat Rock Brook extends a big "Thank you" to our generous Sponsors:
Phil Ball Scott Reddin Kathy Silberstein Lisa & Burton Wisotsky
Jillian Abbott & John Blakely Michael & Jane Murphy Susan & Neal Klausner
Rob & Serena Carson
Flat Rock Brook is moving forward with an exciting Quarry Pond patio renovation this spring—a project that will ultimately provide a shaded workspace for students attending field trips and summer camp at Flat Rock Brook. Currently, there is no shaded workspace for students to complete studies of water quality and aquatic organisms in the pond. This patio renovation will offer students a comfortable place to immerse themselves in scientific studies and learn to be the STEM professionals of tomorrow.
Our patio renovation will feature a continuation of the blue stone paving that currently welcomes visitors into our Nature Center, seating for students to gather, native plantings acting as borders to the patio space and a retractable awning for sunny summer days. This multi-use space will be renovated up to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), increasing accessibility at Flat Rock Brook.
This project is made possible by the generosity of the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund and Trustee Cynthia Sumner. The Bergen County Open Space Grant is a matching grant and they will match us dollar for dollar up to $7,500. Through the generosity of donors, we have raised the matching funds and plan to break ground on the project in July.
Seen above, Flat Rock Brook Staff poses with Vice-Chairwoman of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mary J. Amoroso.
The Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund has once again committed to support Flat Rock Brook's Environmental Education Program through a grant of $5,500. 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.