Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, located at 433 Van Nostrand Avenue in Englewood, is a 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, New Jersey. The Center was established in 1973 by citizens who were deeply committed to land conservation and environmental education.
One of the last remnants of the Palisades Forest, the preserve is managed by the Flat Rock Brook Nature Association. Its purpose is to maintain and preserve the lands under its supervision as a natural sanctuary for plant and animal life in our urban area and as a natural environment available to the public for trail walks, nature study and other passive recreation.
The Nature Center has a lovely offering of Spring activities this year. Some are free and some are not. Register Here.
Here is a partial list:
Garden in the Morning
Wednesdays in April through October; 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Flat Rock Brook Gardeners invite one and all (everyone is welcome regardless of experience) to the kick-off of the 2015 gardening season. Each session begins with a 10 minute mini-lesson. Just bring willing hands and gloves! No need to register. Free to All.
Every Tuesday in April and May
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
For adults and children ages 10 and older
Take a sunset hike along the trails and through the forest with our Trail Guides. Hikes are about 2-3 miles. These hikes are great for beginners, an easy workout and a relaxing way to end your day. Enjoy the beauty and take advantage of hiking close to home. No Need to Register.
Free for members; $5 non-members.
Meet our Raptors
Sunday, April 19; 1:30-2:00 p.m.
For all ages
Come visit the Nature Center and meet our raptor ambassadors! Flat Rock Brook is teaming up with the Englewood Environmental Commission to present the stories of our raptor educators. No Need to Register.Free to All.
Earth Day Hike
Sunday, April 19; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For all ages
After meeting our resident raptors, join Flat Rock Brook educators and the Englewood Environmental Commission to take a hike around the preserve and learn about Flat Rock Brook and how to make every day Earth Day. No need to Register. Free to All
Spring Bird Walks
Mondays, April 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.; For adults
Join us for one or more morning bird walks as we search for colorful spring migrants and resident birds returning to nest. These informal walks provide the basics to enjoy bird watching in our natural areas or right in your own backyard. Bring binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours). For beginner and veteran birders. To register: Members register byemail; non-members register online or by mail. Free for members, $5 non-members.