Flat Rock Brook Welcomes Lakeland Bank Corporate Partnership
The snow may be blanketing the trails on our preserve, but Lakeland Bank is committing to support summer activities at our preserve.
Flat Rock Brook welcomes Lakeland Bank as our newest corporate partner. The bank will lend support to several of our initiatives. Lakeland has committed to sponsor a Summer Nature Day Camp Scholarship for a lucky child that will have the opportunity to spend a week enjoying interactive discovery in nature. The lucky camper will spend a treasured part of their summer exploring the forest, pond, and meadow through nature activities, crafts, and games.
Lakeland will also be a Bronze Sponsor at our Annual "Run in the Wild 5K Trail Run this August. The run provides participants with the unique experience of running through forested trails in such a densely developed and populated area. The event raises awarenss of our 150-acre preserve while raising funds to help support our preservation and education mission.
Flat Rock Brook welcomes Lakeland Bank to our family of corporate partners.
For more about their community work visit: https://www.lakelandbank.com/?utm_source=CommitmentToCommunity
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.