Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 567-1265

Places Nearby:
Bergen County Zoological Park
Fort Lee Historic Park
Tenafly Nature Center
Children's Museum of New Jersey
Bergen Museum of Art & Science
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Set amidst 150 acres of unspoiled native woodlands, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center provides an exceptional opportunity to enjoy the natural environment of Northern New Jersey. Part of a 150 acre woodland, the Center is a natural sanctuary and home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. Over 3.5 miles of trails wind through the sanctuary, and an 800 foot boardwalk loop is accessible to the disabled.

The mission of Flat Rock Brook is to encourage every individual to develop an environmental ethic, and to explore practical actions which contribute to a cleaner, safer environment. A worthy mission, indeed. It accomplishes this partly by providing family programs designed to stimulate awareness, appreciation, and interest in the natural world, and promote a greater understanding of environmental issues confronting our future.

Families and individuals can call for a calendar of events and activities.

School Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes with varying topics for different age groups.

Examples include:

  • ABC Discover (grades K - 2): A guided walk that focuses on safe fun and exploration in the outdoors.
  • The Fascinating Forest (grades 1 - 4): Students explore the forest habitat and its organisms, with emphasis on trees.
  • Staying Alive (grades 3 - 6): Explores adaptations that help wildlife survive.
  • Pond Ecology (grades 5 - 8): Students use scientific techniques to assess the health of the Center's pond.

Many additional programs are available. Call for complete details. Outreach programs are also available, covering Rain Forests, Raptors, or Recycling, and include pre- and post-activity packages to help students get the most from these lessons.

Individually developed programs are available for special needs groups.

Hours: Trails open daily from dawn to dusk. Building is open weekdays, 9 am - 5 pm and weekends 1 - 5 pm. Classes are generally offered at 10am and 1pm, but hours are flexible.

Admission: Donation. Membership is encouraged. May be small fee for family (FREE to about $10.00 per person) programs. A group use permit is required for groups of 10 or more. See official website, linked above, for details and application.

Groups: School Programs, approx. $5.00 per child. Chaperones FREE. Prices subject to change; call to confirm.

Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance for School Programs.

Lunch: Picnic area available, ten minute walk. Note: a permit is required for group use. Call for details.

Handicapped Access: Partial

Directions: Rt. 4 west to Jones Road. Right onto Jones Road to Van Nostrand Ave. Turn right. About 15 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

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