Stiles at Mt. Peter

Stiles preparing to release rehabbed red-shouldered hawk at the Celery Farm on March 15, 2008 by Jerry Barrack

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Stiles Thomas Day: Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, Allendale is honoring the memory of Stiles Thomas, human extraordinaire, with a remembrance in the Celery Farm at 11 a.m. and a celebration at the historic Fell House from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Stiles, who died earlier this month at age 99, was a lifelong Allendale resident, Celery Farm Nature Preserve catalyst, World War II veteran, family guy, hawk-watch pioneer, local insurance man, and all-around great person.

11:00 AM at the Lopez Bench Overlooking Phair's Pond

The Fyke Nature Association is having a remembrance/memorial service at the Lopez Bench on the east side of Phair's Pond. Meet at the Celery Farm entrance at the end of Green Way.

Directions to the Green Way entrance are here. Please do not block driveways or mailboxes.

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Fell House

At the event at the Fell House, you can help remember Stiles by telling a (brief) story about him or sharing one of his jokes.

We’re also planning to have a slide show featuring Stiles and his friends and family, plus a display of some of his carvings and his boxing gear.

We’ll supply some snacks but please bring your own beverage.

If you have a digital photo of Stiles you’d like to include in the slide show, email it to

Directions to the Fell House at 475 Frankling Turnpike, caddy corner from the Celery Farm main entrance parking lot, are here. You can park on the northbound side of the Franklin Turnpike so long as you don’t park on the sidewalk (against state law; you could get a ticket).

A collection of memories of Stiles Thomas has been gathered here.

Summer 2023 Issue of Fyke Newsletter Now Online

The Fyke Nature Association's quarterly newsletter is now available online, here on our website! This is the last edition of the newsletter edited by Carol Flanagan, who has done a sterling job of putting this publication together over the last 11-plus years. Many thanks, Carol!

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You can pay dues and make donations to Fyke conveniently by mail, or online using any major credit card or your PayPal account, if you have one. To do so, please visit our Membership and Donations page. Dues and donations support the work the Fyke Nature Association does toward maintaining and improving the Celery Farm as well as the other services we perform for the community and our members.

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Explore the Celery Farm, finding your way using one of our self-guided list options designed for all ages, here.

The Fyke Nature Association offers educational programs and workshops of interest to people of all ages throughout the year. We also lead field trips to various locations in New Jersey and southeastern New York for birding, botanizing, and general nature study. We are an active and dynamic organization dedicated to conservation and environmental protection.

Fyke Nature Association
P.O. Box 141
Ramsey, NJ 07446

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