Flat Rock Brook thanks PSE&G Foundation for its generous support in the amount of $2,500 that will help fund our 2018 Spectacular Science Curriculum, an afterschool science enrichment program for middle school students.
Spectacular Science, a STEM curriculum, is designed for 7th grade students to connect and find inspiration with the wonders of science through hands-on science experiments and natural explorations. The primary goal of this program is to engage middle school students in STEM subjects while broadening their learning experience.
Participants work in groups gaining team-building skills while employing critical thinking and problem solving. Classes are restricted to small groups with a maximum of 25 participants. The lessons are led by our education team.
Currently the program is offered at Janis E. Dismus Middle School in Englewood, NJ.
Flat Rock Brook is pleased to announce the arrival of Siena Stucki as our new part-time naturalist. Siena has been around Flat Rock Brook for most of her life. She started as a participant in our Summer Nature Day Camp. Her love for Flat Rock only grew from there. She has been a counselor for the camp and a volunteer at our preserve. It seems only natural that she is now happily joining the education team. Siena holds two Bachelor’s Degrees from Stockton University; one in Marine Science and one in Biology. While at Stockton, she was director of the Honors Program and an active member of the Quidditch Team. She is very excited about teaching the public about the trails and the animals found at Flat Rock Brook.
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.
Flat Rock Brook wishes to recognize SUEZ for its generous sponsorship of our series.
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.