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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.

Upcoming Courses – Registration coming soon!

Literary Language of Nature

Dates:January 12 – February 16, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Winifred Spar, Princeton University
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00PM
This course has no field trips.
FEE:$90 Members/$140 Non-members

Birds of New Jersey

Dates:March 16 – April 27, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Luke Butler, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The College of New Jersey
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00PM
Saturday morning field trip dates: March 25, April 8 and April 29
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members

Plants & Wildflowers of Woods, Fields and Roadsides

Dates:May 10 – June 14, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Kate B. Lepis, Adjunct Professor, Monmouth University
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00PM
Saturday morning field trip dates: May 20, June 3 and June 10
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members

Ecology of NJ Rivers, Streams, Lakes and Ponds

Dates:September 12 – October 17, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Olaf Jensen, Rutgers University
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30PM
Saturday morning field trip dates: TBD
FEE:$195 Members/$245 Non-members



Candle Making Workshop

Saturday, December 10, 1:00-3:00PM, 8yo - adult, Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

Celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice and the return of the light by making candles with the Teacher-Naturalists! We will create hand-dipped candles and sand candles. Learn how to shape candles and add embellishments, then go home with your unique handmade gifts! Registration required.

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