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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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7th Annual Run in the Wild 5K Trail Run


Flat Rock Brook's 7th Annual "Run in the Wild" 5K Trail Run 
Sunday, August 12th, 2018 

Flat Rock Brook's 7th annual 5K  attracted over 100 registered runners.  The committed group that turned out was treated to a good morning of weather with a reprieve from the rain. 

Our first place winner was Diego Vanegas who completed the rugged run in just over 21 minutes.  The first place female, Wendy Kerr clocked in at a little over 25 minutes.  For a complete list of race results take a look at  Run in the Wild 5K 2018  Kudos to all of our participants - everyone succesfully completed this challenging course.

The 5K run is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association. Proceeds from the run will support the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center and registration is tax deductible and non-refundable.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

 Silver Sponsors: 

     BB DefineTheWay Logo               NNJCF web logo


   Michael & Jane Murphy


Bronze Sponsors:

Jillian Abbott     Brown & Brown Risk Advisors     Serena & Rob Carson

Susan & Neal Klausner    Malesardi, Quackenbush, Swift & Co. LLC 

NVE Bank                  PDQ               Kathleen & Stuart Silberstein

Starr, Darcy & Starr       Whole Foods

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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 Fridays

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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.


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FRB Receives Education Grant

Community Chest 2Flat 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.

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One of Flat Rock Brook's most popular exhibits is our aviary where we house 5 birds of prey that are all unable to be released into the wild.  Their home is now Flat Rock Brook, where our staff provides the care that they need.  Our birds act as animal ambassadors and help us teach thousands of people each year about protecting and respecting wildlife. 

Help support our special birds!  Various adoption levels allow our supporters to provide food, enrichment, and enclosure maintenance for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.  Each level offers different benefits, such as a photo and certificate of adoption for your raptor or even a meet and greet! 

Choose your raptor today!  Raptor adoptions make great gifts!

Visit Flat Rock Brook Adopt-a-Raptor to adopt and learn more.

Flat Rock Brook wants to recognize and extend a big "thanks" to our newest adopters!

Hero Level:  Corinne Hoexter, Michael Shannon
Champion Level:  Jeff & Rosemary Russell
Caregiver Level:   Jill Abbott 
Friend: Joellen Knie

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Public Programs

Beat the Heat Scavenger Hunt

Exlpore all the secrets inside the nature center's display room!  Escape the August heat by learning everything the nature center has to offer.  All activities inside.

Health Hike

Kick those nasty habits and pick up some better ones!  A hike is the perfect way to get your heart pumping and your endorphins running.  Come dressed for a hike.


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