Flat Rock Brook Nature Association was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Community Chest to help fund on-site environmental education programs and provide programming specific to the Englewood Public School District.
Flat Rock Brook educates approximately 6,000 children and adults annually by connecting them to the natural world. Among the programs offered by the Nature Center are field trips and outreach lessons for students in the Englewood Public School District and Englewood on the Palisades Charter School. The Nature Center also offers programming for 7th graders in Englewood and Englewood Cliffs designed to connect these students with their water and learn about the water cycle through intensive study. Grants enable us to make these programs available at no cost to participants. When the school year is out of session, Flat Rock Brook offers a popular, educational summer camp for local area children.
“The Community Chest has been a generous supporter of Flat Rock Brook Nature Association for over 25 years. They have granted over $130,000 to Flat Rock Brook over that time, which has had a significant impact on the quality of our education initiatives” said Stephen Wiessner, Executive Director of Flat Rock Brook. “We appreciate the Community Chest’s continued support of our education initiatives in the Englewood Public Schools and beyond. This is an important investment in the children of our community.”
Flat Rock Brook's volunteer Trail Guides went on a field trip of their own to The Raptor Trust today. Trail Guides are dedicated volunteers who lead field trip programs and public programs at Flat Rock Brook. Working directly along with our Education staff, these volunteers provide an invaluable service by inspiring children and adults to appreciate and care for the natural world.
Each year, our Trail Guides head out on their own field trip to learn more about one of the many topics they teach to visitors of Flat Rock. Today they went to The Raptor Trust where they enjoyed "From Rehab to Release," a program about the history of The Raptor Trust and the causes that bring birds to their facilities. After their event, the group toured the facilities and enjoyed watching the non-releasable raptors housed at the trust.
Field trips are in full swing at Flat Rock Brook. Students from schools across Bergen County and beyond have visited the preserve to study a variety of topics from Wilderness Survival to Life Cycles. Each of our programs is designed to give the opportunity for hands-on studies on nature-related topics to school children.
When students arrive at Flat Rock Brook for a trip, they are greeted by one of our enthusiastic and talented Trail Guides who leads them on an educational adventure through the forest. Throughout their time here, students learn about the intricacies of nature and the many reasons to value the environment. Programs may focus on the forest, pond ecology, insects, animal adaptations or a plethora of other topics. Regardless of the program, however, students always leave with a smile on their face and newfound knowledge of nature.
Having already educated hundreds of students this spring, educators at Flat Rock Brook are prepared and excited to encourage local students to appreciate, enjoy and respect the natural world through experiential environmental education.
NVE 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.