Your water. Your environment. Your voice.

Adult Education

Become a Citizen Naturalist

Learn the Language of Nature

Adult Education at the Watershed Center.

Enjoy a walk in the woods? Through meadows and along stream corridors? Think about how much richer that experience can be when you can pick out the song of the Black-Throated Green Warbler. Identify the Shag Bark Hickory and the Spicebush. Recognize the Mourning Cloak. Understand how these birds, trees, plants and insects relate to each other and to us. Thousands of people enjoy getting close to nature. Thousands support the preservation of natural areas. Yet most of us have had little opportunity to learn much about the wild creatures and plants that surround us. Nature is too often a foreign language.

In collaboration with faculty from local colleges and universities, we are offering a series of courses on The Language of Nature.

Each course will consist of 6 weeknight classes and 3 Saturday morning field trips. All classes will be held at the the NEW Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education in Hopewell. Field trips will take place at the Watershed Reserve and at other sites around New Jersey. Enrollment will be limited to 15 people per class to ensure that field trips will not be disruptive, so be sure to enroll now!

There will be no tests, papers, or projects. All that is required is interest and attendance. Students who complete four courses will earn a Citizen Naturalist¬Ě certificate from the Watershed Association and a Watershed fleece vest.

Current Courses – 2016

Trees of New Jersey and Their Lives (Woods, Stream Corridors and Parks)

Dates:October 4 – November 8
Instructor: Mr. William Brash, Fellow, Society of American Foresters; Retired Director, Mercer County Soil Conservation District
Day and Time TBD
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members



Nature of the Night Halloween Hike & Campfire

Saturday, October 29, 4:00-5:30PM (Families with children 4-6yo) and 7:00-9:00PM (Families with children 7-12yo); $10pp OR $25/family (early sessions) OR $35/family (later sessions)

Explore the ecology of night and magic of Halloween. Includes campfire in the woods with stories and roasted marshmallows. Guided hikes begin every 20 minutes. Space is limited in each hike; pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Don't miss out!

Click for more details on these programs, registration, fees, and more!

Get Email Updates


Join the Community

  • a-Facebook
  • b-Twitter
  • c-Instagram
  • d-Flickr
  • e-YouTube
  • f-Vimeo