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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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Spring at Flat Rock Brook

Spring has arrived at Flat Rock Brook! The resident turtles in our ponds can often be found sunning themselves on a rock or fallen branch, the Spring Peeper frogs are calling at night and the vernal pools are brimming with young amphibians.

What is a vernal pool anyhow? They are temporary ponds that fill in with water during the spring when rain is heavy and dry up in the heat of the summer. They are wonderful breeding grounds for amphibians whose young live in the water but leave for land as an adult. Given the temporary nature of a vernal pool, the young amphibians can grow up in the pool without risk of being eaten by a fish. They will then go on to live their adult lives before returning to a vernal pool to lay their eggs.

Visit Flat Rock this spring and take a walk on our boardwalk to enjoy the sights and sounds of vernal pools and spring before heading to the pond in search of the frogs and turtles enjoying a sunny day alongside you.

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NVE Bank Sponsors Summer Camp for Third Year

NVE logo colorNVE Bank Sends Kids to Summer Camp

Flat Rock Brook is celebrating its third year of awarding camp scholarships to deserving children in our community.  NVE Bank was our pilot partner in 2017 and provided one lucky child with a week exploring our forest and learning about nature through interactive crafts and activities.  The bank has supported us each summer and will send two lucky campers to our nature day camp in 2019.  Scholarships are awarded based on select criteria and affords kids the opportunity to spend a carefree week in our preserve.  This year, with the help of partners like NVE, we hope to award 20 one week scholarships to children grades K-8.

Flat Rock extends warm thanks to NVE Bank for their continued support on this important initiative.

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Annual Gala

FRBGala 9Honorees and executive staff pictured at the event from Left: Christine Ackerson, LG Electronics; Janet Sharma, The Rotary Club of Englewood; Jill Abbott, President FRB Board of Trustees,;Susan Klausner; Stephen Wiessner, FRB Executive Director; Rob and Serena Carson
 Flat Rock Brook Recognition Dinner
April 11, 2019 - The Rockleigh

Flat Rock Brook hosted its annual  Recognition Dinner at on April 11th, 2019 at The Rockleigh to honor outstanding volunteers, community leaders and corporate partners for their generous commitment of time, talent and long-standing contributions to our preserve. Flat Rock Brook's Recognition Dinner is our most prestigious annual event. Conservationists, supporters, community leaders and friends gathered to celebrate this special evening.  The program included a cocktail hour with live music, awards presentations, a silent auction, a live auction and a formal dinner.  Proceeds from the gala will help support Flat Rock Brook's preservation and education intitiatives and assist in caring for our 150-acre preserve.

2019 honorees:
Outstanding Corporate Sponsor: LG Electronics USA, Inc.
Community Leader Award: Rotary Club of Englewood
Volunteer Award: Susan Klausner
Trustee Award:  Serena and Robert Carson

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Lakeland Bank Sponsors Flat Rock Brook

50th Anniversary Logo Stacked CMYKFlat Rock Brook Welcomes Lakeland Bank Corporate Partnership

The snow may be blanketing the trails on our preserve, but Lakeland Bank is committing to support summer activities at our preserve.

Flat Rock Brook welcomes Lakeland Bank as our newest corporate partner.  The bank will  lend support to several of our initiatives.  Lakeland has committed to sponsor a Summer Nature Day Camp Scholarship for a lucky child that will have the opportunity to spend a week enjoying interactive discovery in nature.  The lucky camper will spend a treasured part of their summer exploring the forest, pond, and meadow through nature activities, crafts, and games.

Lakeland will also be a Bronze Sponsor at our Annual "Run in the Wild 5K Trail Run this August.  The run provides participants with the unique experience of running through forested trails in such a densely developed and populated area.  The event raises awarenss of our 150-acre preserve while raising funds to help support our preservation and education mission.

Flat Rock Brook welcomes Lakeland Bank to our family of corporate partners. 

For more about their community work visit:  https://www.lakelandbank.com/?utm_source=CommitmentToCommunity


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New Caregiver Raptor Adoption!

Flat Rock Brook extends a warm thank you to Rachel and AJ Druck for being our newest Caregiver Adopters.  Their adoption of our Great Horned Owl will help with her care for  three months.  Her donation helps with food, toys, shelter maintenance and veterinary visits.

Adopting an animal at Flat Rock Brook for yourself, a friend, or your organization or school  is both rewarding and fun.

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. 

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! 

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


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LG Electronics Awards Three FRB Summer Camp Scholarships!



LG Electronics, our neighbor in Englewood Cliffs, has committed to providing scholarships to three lucky local students to Flat Rock Brook's 2019 Summer Nature Day Camp.  During the week-long session children experience hands-on discovery and adventure in nature through activities on our 150-acre preserve.  Studies show the benefits of spending time outdoors improve children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health when they have regular contact with the natural world. Our goal is to develop a love of nature that lasts a lifetime!

2018 Scholarship Camper

"I loved going to camp.  My favorite part was when the teacher let us pet and feed the turtle.  I LOVE turtles!" - Elisa, 5 years old

Scholarship applications will be offered through the Englewood Public School District.  Awards are based largely on an essay describing why they want to attend our nature camp and financial need. 

Flat Rock Brook extends a warm thank you to LG for supporting these week-long experiences in nature for deserving children in our community.

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