Jill Bennetta Fundraiser Supports Raptors and Education
Friends and family of Jill Bennetta celebrated her life and love of Flat Rock Brook by hosting a fundraiser in honor of her 44th birthday. Jill was Flat Rock's beloved Education Director for over a decade. We lost her far too early after she lost her fierce battle with an illness last year.
During her time at Flat Rock she positively impacted thousands of children and adults with her infectious love of the natural world and irresistible charm. Jill was the face of environmental education at Flat Rock Brook for thirteen years. During this time she developed engaging programming for children that fostered and cultivated their love of nature and inspired their power to protect it.
Jill was particularly known for her love of our raptors - a group of non-releasable birds that call Flat Rock Brook home. She travelled with our birds to deliver Birds of Prey Programs. She shared the importance of their place on our planet with groups, instilling an appreciation of these birds to riveted audiences.
Jill's loving friends and family raised funding to support a one-year Hero Level Adoption of our Great Horned Owl - Jill's favorite girl - and additional funding to provide general support to our environmental education program.
The entire staff and board extend a warm "thank you" for your generosity and for honoring Jill's memory at Flat Rock Brook.
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.
Rachel McGovern joins Flat Rock Brook as the Director of Education. Her enthusiasm for the natural world led her into a career as a naturalist through which she focused on connecting children to the environment. She most previously served as the Director of Education for Valley Crest Farm & Preserve in Lebanon, NJ. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University where she studied Human Ecology and spent a year as an AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador serving the Millstone River Watershed. Her love of environmental education was realized through the Watershed Ambassador Program, inspiring Rachel to work in the field.
Rachel enjoys hiking, camping, birding and spending time with friends, family and her dog, Libby. An avid music fan, she also enjoys attending concerts by her favorite artists. She is excited to work at Flat Rock Brook and explore the trails at the preserve.
Annual Meeting of the
Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Monday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Flat Rock Brook Nature Association which will be held on September 17th at our Nature Center headquarters at 443 Van Nostrand Avenue. The agenda includes the election of new trustees, proposed bylaw revisions and a review of the past year. The Annual Meeting will be followed by the first organizational meeting of the 2018-2019 Board of Trustees. Refreshments will be served.