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outreach1Flat Rock Brook’s outreach programs are offered to schools, libraries, scout groups, senior centers, and others -  allowing participants to discover and understand the wonder and diversity of nature without leaving their facility. Attendees are engaged fully in the program topic through hands-on activities, and demonstrations. Whether dissecting an owl pellet, experiencing a close-up encounter with a reptile or amphibian, or examining the watershed and how it is affected by human activity, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of nature and an appreciation of its importance to their lives. Basic Programs are 45 mins- 1 hour long. Extended programs are 1½ hours long. Assembly programs are for groups larger than 35.

Contact Jill Bennetta, education director, for information and to schedule outreach programs (201) 567-1265.


Program Details

Birds of Prey
Pre K- Grade 12
Day and night, raptors are flying, hunting, and roosting here in New Jersey. Through artifacts and live birds of prey, students will learn about Flat Rock Brook’s feathered ambassadors, including their behavior, physiology, adaptations and natural history.

Never Say “Ugh” to a Bug
Pre-K to Grade 5
Students will experience these adaptable creatures up close as they are visited by real insects. This program teaches students to appreciate the unique characteristics of insects and explains metamorphosis and insects’ importance in the environment. Extended programs can include outdoor insect hikes on the school grounds.

Scaly or Slimy?
Pre-K to Grade 12
Real live reptiles and amphibians “visit” the classroom to help teach children the different characteristics of these two animal families. Students will be able to touch the animals while learning about conservation and respect for all living things.

What’s the Weather?
Grades K - 8
This program will introduce concepts of weather and ways to interpret signs of weather such as clouds, wind, and rain. Students also discover how weather affects plants, animals, and land.

Grades 1 - 8
What makes a bird a bird? Take a closer look at feathers, eggs, nests, and other interesting artifacts. Through hands-on activities and a Power Point slide show, students will learn about the unique and fascinating adaptations that birds have to help them survive.

Life Cycles
Grades 2 - 5
What are the stages of a bullfrog’s life? What does an oak tree grow from? Discover the dynamic life cycles of plants and animals through a PowerPoint slide show and props.

Rainforest Revue
Grades 2 - 8
How do the plants and animals of tropical rainforests adapt to the extreme rainfall and temperatures? What happens to animals during the wet season? How do plants attract pollinators? Students will learn about the amazing adaptations of rainforest animals and plants through a series of interactive games and activities.

Remarkable Rocks
Grades 2 - 6
Students will become Junior Geologists to determine the three different families of rocks by their characteristics, how rocks change over time and how people use rocks in everyday life in this fun and engaging introductory geology program.

Grades 3 - 8 
Students will discover the hidden world of plants through pictures and plant “touchables.” Learn about the different parts and groups of plants,  the role they play in the ecosystem, and which plants are native to New Jersey.

Group Challenge
Grades 3 - 12
Activities focus on the skills needed to be a successful group member and provide students with an opportunity to practice those skills in problem solving situations. A great way to make your group a cohesive one!

Mammals of New Jersey
Grades 3 - 12
This interactive presentation will introduce students to the unique characteristics of mammals and the furry friends that are native to New Jersey. A live mammal will also visit the classroom for students to meet up close!

Enviroscape “Water” You Talking About?
Grades 4 - 8
Using the “Enviroscape” 3-D model, students will see how a watershed works and what causes point and non-point source pollution. Every student will have an opportunity to participate, and all will leave with a better understanding of the importance of caring for our water resources.

Save Our Species
Grades 4 - 8
Through engaging activities, visuals, and “touchables,” students will learn the five main reasons why animals and plants become endangered. New Jersey’s endangered species and conservation issues will be discussed, as well as global issues that affect our lives locally.

Whooo’s Eating Who?
Grades 4 - 8
Dissecting owl pellets is a fascinating, hands-on activity that will captivate your students. Small groups of students will try to determine an owl’s diet and assemble the skeletons they find in their owl pellets in order to draw conclusions about food webs in nature.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Grades 6 - 12
In this informative and engaging program, students will learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the products we use in our everyday lives through a series of activities and demonstrations.


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