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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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Assessing Forest Health in NJ

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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.

pdfAssessing_Forest_Health_in_Central_New_Jersey_October_2017.pdf

Flat Rock Brook wishes to recognize SUEZ for its generous sponsorship of our series. SUEZ web logo

 

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Flat Rock Brook Installs Deer Exclosure

Deer Exclosure WebFlat Rock Brook Nature Center’s forest has experienced extensive habitat degradation caused by the overpopulation of deer feeding on native tree seedlings and saplings. Overgrazing deer prevent the forest from naturally regenerating. The shrub layer disappears, leaving a barren understory that is no longer able to function as habitat for wildlife. This problem, combined with the rapid spread of non-native plants, or invasive species, is compromising the overall health and biodiversity of our forest. This has become a serious threat to forests across the state of New Jersey.

Our Board of Trustees and staff began discussing deer management options several years ago. After careful research and consultation with authorities that weighed various solutions, it was decided that a deer exclosure would be the most effective resolution. Creating deer exclosures on the preserve offers the most sustainable and effective method for long-term forest health and regeneration. The fencing in of crucial habitat within our preserve will give the forest understory a chance to regenerate and rebound after years of extensive damage. Native plant communities will return, biodiversity will increase and viable wildlife habitat will become more readily available.

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Public Program

Surprise Sunday

Join our Naturalist for a surprise nature-themed adventure! From birds and bats to plants and seasons, nothing is off limits! Come dressed for the weather and ready to learn something new.

Christmas Bird Count

Join local birders and Flat Rock Brook’s staff as we do our part to count all the birds at Flat Rock as part of National Audubon Society’s annual nationwide Christmas Bird Count. We’ll go out in small groups to search sections of the park and identify different species of birds. Afterwards, enjoy hot refreshments back at the Center as we tally the results. Dress for cold weather. We go rain, snow or shine! Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Bring lunch. Beginners welcome. 

Hikes with Tykes

Have you ever wished you had a naturalist guide along on a family hike to help you point out the sights?  Here’s your chance!  Join us for a fun and informative nature walk and learn about what’s going on in the natural habitats of Flat Rock Brook. *Registraton for this event will close at 2 pm on December 13!*

Winter Solstice Walk

The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Many cultures around the world have celebrated the winter solstice for hundreds, even thousands of years as they watched the days grow shorter and wait patiently for the sun to return.  Join Flat Rock Brook staff for a program full of folklore and hiking on our trails. *Registration for this event will close at 2 pm on December 19!*

 

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