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Events

Registration is required for all Watershed Association programs, unless stated otherwise. Space is limited. All programs meet in the Watershed Center on the Reserve, unless stated otherwise. Please call (609) 737-7592 to register.

Payment is accepted by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard or Discover and can be dropped off at the Watershed Center or mailed to:

Education Programs
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, NJ 08534

Refund Policy: A full refund will be made if notice of cancellation is received at least 48 hours before a program. Call (609) 737-7592 to cancel. No refunds or credits will be given after that time. Watershed Association membership is not refundable.

  • June 20

    NEW – Mini-BioBlitz on the Reserve

    Saturday, 8:00AM – 2:00PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), FREE

    Explore the wild world around us by joining one or more of the Naturalist-led hikes throughout the day. All hikes will focus on identifying and enumerating different groups of organisms that live on the Watershed Reserve. We will visit several habitats and utilized an assortment of ID tools as well as our lab. All ranges of ‘biophiles’ are welcome. Bring a hat and refillable water bottle.

  • June 27 – 28

    NEW – Great American Campout on the Watershed Reserve

    Saturday, 3:00PM – Sunday, 10:00AM, Families, Fee per family: $50M/$60NM

    Pitch a tent and campout for wildlife! The Great American Campout celebrates camping as a terrific way to connect people with nature and wildlife. Experienced SBMWA Teacher-Naturalists and camping staff will be present to help you enjoy the wild outdoors over the weekend in so many ways. Hiking, scavenger hunts, cooking over a campfire, s’mores and storytelling – we’ve got something planned for everyone! Not an experienced camping family? No problem…spread your sleeping bags out on the floor of the Watershed Center and sleep near our critters! Registration and pre-payment are required. Fee includes snacks and Sunday breakfast.

  • June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10 and 17

    Butterfly House Tours

    Mondays, 10:00-11:00AM each week, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Drop in for a Naturalist-led tour of the new Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. Learn about the nectar and host plants we have selected to grow, the butterflies that inhabit the house and how you can encourage butterflies to visit your home garden. If time allows, we will venture into the field with nets to try our hand at catching butterflies. Registration is not required.

  • July 1

    Explore the Night: Secret Lives of Fireflies

    Wednesday, 8:00-10:00PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $8M/$12NM

    Enjoy ‘nature’s fireworks’ with Jeff Hoagland on the Watershed Reserve and learn how to communicate with the fireflies. Discover the secret live of the lightning bug, from glowworm to adult, and meet a variety of species, identifying them by their flash patterns.

  • July 6-10

    NEW – Watershed Academy for High School Students

    Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM each day, students entering grades 10-12, $250 per student

    Join the inaugural class of budding ‘environmental scientists’ and learn more about GIS mapping, water quality field testing, stormwater impact analysis and sustainability. Expert guest speakers, engineers and SBMWA Staff will engage students in design and model building. Space is limited to 10 students.

  • July and August

    Summer Preschool Nature Class

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM, children 3-5 years old, Class fee per child: $10M/$15NM; Register and pay for 5 classes, receive the 6th class FREE

    Vist our Preschool page for complete class descriptions. See link below.

  • July 7, 14, 21 and 28

    Reduction Woodblock Printing Workshop

    Tuesdays, 2:00-5:00PM, 15yo – Adult, Series Fee: $150M/$175NM

    Reduction woodblock printmaking was made famous by Pablo Picasso. It is a process of developing an edition of multi-color prints from only one block. Previous experience in printmaking would be helpful but is not required. $20 supplies fee will be paid directly to ACP instructor Kathy Metaxas on the first day. Registration is for the 4-week series. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Classes held at the Watershed Center.

  • July 8

    Exploring Greenway Meadows

    Wednesday, 6:30-8:30PM, Families, $5 per person

    Join Jeff Hoagland for a family picnic and stream exploration of the Stony Brook on the property of D&R Greenway Land Trust. Bring your picnic dinner to enjoy on the terrace (drinks and dessert provided) and then join Jeff for an exploration of the brook. Bring shoes for walking in shallow water. This program does not meet at the Watershed Reserve. RSVP by calling 609-924-4646 or email rsvp@drgreenway.org.

  • July 11

    Great Stream Exploration: Kunkel Park

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join us at Kunkel Park in Pennington (off King George Road) for an exploration of life in and around the Stony Brook. Expect to meet a variety of creatures including salamanders, frogs and aquatic insects. Wear old sneakers for wading in shallow water and bring a hat and water bottle. We’ll bring the nets.

  • July 11

    Indigo Dyeing & Batik Workshop

    Saturday, 9:30AM – 4:30PM, 15yo – Adult, $80M/$105NM

    Discover the possibilities of indigo dyeing…an expressive and ancient art form in this fun and messy 1-day workshop with Arts Council of Princeton instructor Lian Sawires. Fee of $35 is payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop, to cover the cost of all materials. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton. org.

  • July 11

    Into the Night: Nocturnal Geocache Adventure

    Saturday, 8:00-11:00PM, Adults only, Suggested donation of $10 per person

    Enjoy the fun of geocaching under the stars! Use your GPS and flashlight to navigate through the night to our rendezvous around a fire for some summer refreshments. Learn more and RSVP at www.geocaching.com or call us at 609-737-7592. No pets or alcoholic beverages, adults only.

  • July 13, 20, 27 and August 3

    Plein Air Painting Workshop

    Mondays, 2:00-5:00PM, Adults, Series Fee: $150M/$175NM

    Enjoy the challenge and joy of completing a painting, either oil or acrylic on the Watershed Reserve under the tutelage of ACP instructor Ray Brown. Registration is for the 4-week series. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Classes held at the Watershed Center.

  • July 15

    Explore the Night: Bat Watch

    Wednesday, 8:00-9:00PM, Adults and Families (children 5yo+), Fee per person: $5M/$8NM

    Join nocturnal naturalist Jeff Hoagland for an evening investigation of the world of bats, including a bat count of one of the colonies that resides on the Watershed Reserve.

  • July 18

    Paint Out Princeton!

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 3:00PM, Adults, FREE

    Join us for ‘art al fresco’ at the first Paint Out Princeton program on the Watershed Reserve. Come explore the changing effects of natural light as it bathes the grounds throughout the day. Families attending the Fairy Festival will be invited to visit and observe the artists at work. Pre-registration is required – registration deadline is July 10 at 5:00PM. To pre-register, email education@artscouncilofprinceton.org

  • July 18

    Fairy Festival

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 1:30PM, Families, $10 per person (under 3yo free)

    Fairy Festival has returned to the Watershed Reserve! Come celebrate with the Rainbow Fairies, Woodland Fairies and Forest Elves…join them in a dance around the maypole, create magical crafts, construct villages along the Fairy Trail and play in the stream with the Water Sprites. Fairy finery and gnome haberdashery is strongly encouraged. Registration requested but not required. No pets or alcohol please.

  • July 22, 29 and August 5

    Digital Photography Workshop

    Wednesdays, 10:00AM – 1:00PM, 15yo – Adult, Series Fee: $135M/$160NM

    Study the basics of digital photography from an artistic and technical perspective with ACP instructor Chris Stadelmeier. Registration is for the 3-week series. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Classes held at the Watershed Center.

  • July 25

    Garden-inspired Re-purposed Books

    Saturday, 9:30AM – 4:00PM, 15yo – Adult, Fee: $75M/$100NM

    Join ACP instructor Kathy Metaxas to make your own personal book using botanicals gathered during a brief Naturalist-guided hike on the Reserve. Students should bring lunch and refillable water bottles, small and medium sponge brushes, small cutting mat, Exacto knife, utility knife, metal ruler with cork back, pencil eraser, sharpener and dried and pressed botanicals if they have them. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton. org.

  • July 25

    Great Stream Exploration: Bessie Grover Park

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join us at Bessie Grover Memorial Park in Montgomery for an exploration of life in and around Rock Brook. Expect to meet a variety of creatures including salamanders, frogs and aquatic insects. Wear old sneakers for wading in shallow water and bring a hat and water bottle. We’ll bring the nets.

  • July 25

    Moth Mania

    Saturday, 8:30-11:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

    Begin the evening by learning the differences between butterflies and moths, then venture into the night to ‘meet the moths’. Under the enthusiastic guidance of several moth specialist, we will utilize some ‘moth-ing’ equipment and techniques to discover a fascinating and colorful world hidden by night. Bring a flashlight.

  • August 8

    15th Annual Butterfly Festival – Come Fly with Us!

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, Adults and Families, $10 per person or $25 per carload

    Enjoy a day of family fun outdoors, with tours of the new Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, butterfly and insect exhibits, science happenings in the lab, fun and interactive children’s activities, live music, local food, artisans and more! Take a tethered hot air balloon ride with your family to view the festival from aloft! No pets or alcoholic beverages please. Purchase discount tickets at www.thewatershed.org

  • August 27

    NEW – Teacher Tour of the Watershed Center

    Thursday, 9:00AM – 12:00PM, Adult Educators (formal and non-formal), FREE

    Explore the new educational options awaiting you and your students at our new LEED-Platinum certified center with its’ laboratory and sustainability features. See how you can address STEM education and the Next Generation Science Standards through new and enhance activities. Professional development credit offered. Come anytime this morning for a free visit, sample a hands-on lesson and see what the Watershed Center has to offer! RSVP appreciated.

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Events

Butterfly House Tours

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10, &17, 10:00AM-11:00AM each week, Adults & Families $5 per person

Drop in for a Naturalist-led tour of the new Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. Learn about the nectar and host plants we have selected to grow, the butterflies that inhabit the house and how you can encourage butterflies to visit your home garden. If time allows, we will venture into the field with nets to try our hand at catching butterflies. Registration is not required.

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