Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is an Oak-Hickory forest which is a common forest ecosystem found throughout areas of New Jersey. The forest is comprised of a variety of trees including Oak, Hickory, Ash, Birch, Maple, Beech, and others.
Oaks and Hickories are the two important genus of trees that dominate the canopy layer and are important mast producing species meaning they offer many animals food, shelter, and other benefits.
In addition to trees our forest contains numerous species of wildflowers, herbaceous plants, shrubs, and understory trees. All are part of an intricate ecosystem that is a resource for many living organisms and animals. As you walk throughout the preserve you can experience a wide variety of wildlife, flowers, foliage, fungi, rock formations, water features and other intriguing natural components of the forest.