Flat Rock Brook is pleased to announce a two-part special guest speaker series generously provided through a sponsorship by:
October 12, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Assessing Forest Health in NJ
Join FRB as we welcome Jay F. Kelly, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, for a fascinating lecture about deer and invasive plant management. Dr. Kelly will explain his work studying and monitoring the effects of deer overpopulation and browsing on forest health and NJ local wildlife populations, including breeding bird populations. He will also discuss invasive plant species and their impact on forest health.
This event will be especially important to attend if you'd like context for Flat Rock Brook's decision to put up permanent deer fencing and how it will likely impact our forest in the coming years.
For more information and to register: https://tinyurl.com/yaphqsw5
November 8, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Environmental Pollution-Past, Present, and Future
Join FRB as we welcome Dr. Alexei Khalizov, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In this exciting event, Dr. Khalizov will explain his background related to air quality and pollution. He will describe the importance of his research and how it relates to the study and protection of the environment. In addition, he will explain his proposed research project at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, where he will set up a primary air monitoring station.
Come learn about how Flat Rock Brook will be involved in this fascinating resarch aimed at investigating novel techniques to reduce environmental pollution!
For more information and to register: https://tinyurl.com/ydyl69q3
Flat Rock Brook has received a Community Development Block Grant award for $11,262 from the County of Bergen. This grant provides continuing funding support for the Bridges to Flat Rock Brook program. The project involves Englewood Public School District students from Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th Grades taking a field trip to our 150 acre preserve. Our educators provide outreach lessons for students at their schools and for 7th graders at the Janis E. Dismus School. We also include programming in the same grades for students of the Englewood on the Palisades Charter School as part of the grant agreement. The grant support provides all the necessary supplies, bussing and staff time to implement the initiative at no cost to the partnering school districts. This is the 10th year Bergen County has funded the Bridges to Flat Rock Brook initiative, and we look forward to delivering another successful program for Englewood youth for the 2017/18 school year.
Flat 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.
Flat Rock Brook is excited to announce that NVE Bank spearheaded our pilot Summer Nature Day Camp scholarship program this year. Pictured is this year’s recipient – a 7th grader who loves nature and gained the benefit of spending time outdoors immersed in hands-on experiences learning about our natural world. We plan on expanding this program in 2018 so that more deserving community children can gain access to a weeklong experience learning about natural history while cultivating a desire to protect it. Thank you NVE Bank!