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 certificate from the Watershed Association and a Watershed fleece vest.

Upcoming Courses – 2016

Understanding and Identifying Birds of New Jersey

Dates: March 17 – April 28
Instructor: Dr. Luke Butler, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The College of New Jersey
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00PM
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members

Ecology of New Jersey’s Rivers, Streams, Lakes and Ponds

Dates: May 2 – June 13 (no class on May 30)
Instructor: Dr. Olaf Jensen, Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
Mondays, 7:00-8:30PM
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members

Plants and Wildflowers of Woods, Fields and Roadsides

Dates: May 3 – June 7
Instructor: Dr. Laura Hyatt, Associate Professor of Biology, Rider University
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00PM
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members

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



Picnic at the Pond

Saturday, June 11, 3:00 - 4:30PM, Families, Free

Meet us at the Watershed Association pond for a hike around the pond and campfire with roasted hotdogs and s’mores! This event is in collaboration with Hopewell Valley 'Come Outside and Play'. Registration required, space limited.

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