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video water playFlat Rock Brook is a 150-acre nature preserve and environmental education center in Englewood, NJ, just two miles from the George Washington Bridge. Visit our 3.6 miles of self-guided forested hiking trails that lead to a cascading stream, wetlands, pond and meadows. Register for one of our environmental programs for schools or the public and learn about our natural world. Come explore and learn with us!


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Annual Gala



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New Holiday Raptor Adoptions!

holiday raptorFlat Rock Brook received generous new raptor adoptions this holiday season.  We extend a big "thank you" to the following supporters:

Lily Byerly - Caregiver - Great Horned Owl
Maisy Byerly - Caregiver - Eastern Screech owl
Lisa Grimalda - Caregiver - American Kestrel
Jillian Agnello - Friend - Red-tailed Hawk
Linda & Anne Brown - Friend - Eastern Screech owl

Our family of non-releasable raptors call Flat Rock Brook home. These birds are used to teach thousands of school children and adults about raptors and conservation.

 Adoptions help cover the cost of bird’s needs, such as food, toys and veterinary visits.


Adopt a Raptor Today!


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$14,000 Community Development Block Grant Awarded to Flat Rock Brook

The county of Bergen awarded Flat Rock Brook a $14,000 Community Development Block Grant to support our education program, "Adaptations for all Occasions".  This curriculum will be delivered in Englewood Public Schools and onsite at Flat Rock Brook for students in grades K-5.  Our program is designed to supplement learning about animal adaptations that is being taught in science classes.  Our lessons meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  Students will experience real-world connections to animal habitats and adaptations.  Studies confirm that experiential education that engages students in hands-on learning results in stronger retention rates and improved academic outcomes.  We thank the county for this generous grant that will enable us to bring together children's wonder of nature and environmental education.   

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IRA Minimum Required Distributions as Charitable Gifts


Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Flat Rock Brook from your IRA is a simple and powerful way to support our preservation and education mission.

When you reach the age of 70 ½ you must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional, rollover, or inherited IRA. Distributions are taxable income.

You may not need to want to take the distribution and instead wish to make a charitable contribution. A QCD is applied toward your RMD for the year. A charitable gift is a great way to support a cause you love while avoiding paying income tax on your distributions. This can also help keep your adjusted gross income within a preferred range.

Account-holders 70 ½ years and older may contribute up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA to an eligible charity without the transfer being deemed a taxable distribution.

Your financial institution can send your QCD gift to:

Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
443 Van Nostrand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631

Please contact Steve Wiessner, Executive Director at steve@flatrockbrook or 201-567-1265 with any questions.

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