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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.

    • STEM Saturdays for Preschoolers

      Saturdays, 10:00-11:00AM, Parent and child (3-5 years old), $10M/$15NM

      NEW this fall – parents and preschoolers can explore the STEM world (science, technology, engineering and math) together, under the guidance of Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Activities are all age-appropriate for early learners and designed to engage families! Topics vary monthly and include stories and outdoor exploration. Parent is expected to stay for entire class. Visit the Preschool page for dates and topics.

    • September 16

      Creepy Spider Hunt Night Hike – FULL

    • September 17

      Creative Journey Workshop

      Saturday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, 15yo – adult, $105M/$130NM

      Take a creative journey in textile design with ACP instructor Lian Sawires! Discover how to create and compile your own designs into a book of incredible motifs. Quick creative exercises will prompt you to explore shape, form and color, build print blocks and isolate patterns. Students will produce fabric pieces and samples, production notes, handmade stamps and a book of original designs. Beginners welcome. $35 materials fee payable to instructor. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or call 609-924-8777.

    • September 17

      Trailside Nature Mandala

      Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM, Families (children 5yo+), Free

      A mandala is a symbolic pattern, often in the form of a circle, which can frequently be used for meditation. While on a walk of the Reserve trails, families will join Teacher-Naturalist Brooke Shaffer to reflect on the change of seasons and nature’s beauty. Your unique creativity will be encouraged as we collect natural materials and arrange them in the form of a mandala. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

    • September 19

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child

      Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!

    • September 21

      Out There: Voices from the Wild Reading Group

      Wednesday, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults only, $10M/$15NM

      Facilitator Jeff Hoagland invites you to enjoy this unique and relaxed reading group in exploring the wide and varied terrain of nature writing, wildness and wilderness. Each month, readers will receive some poems and prose focused on a specific topic. Readers will also explore the broader literary world seeking additional works on this topic to share in our lively and entertaining discussion. Expect new insights into both the creative and natural worlds. Registration required. September topic – Birds. Light refreshments provided.

    • September 28

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, Free for members/$5NM

      Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required.

    • September 29

      Fall Tiny Tot Walk

      Thursday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $8M/$12NM

      You are never too young to start exploring outdoors! You and your toddler will experience nature as we share walks on the Reserve, art activities and story time. Tiny Tot walks provide a fun introduction to animals, plants and nature in general. Dress for fickle fall weather because we always go outside. Class size is limited and registration is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.

    • September 29

      H2O Exhibit Opening Reception

      Thursday, 5:00-7:00PM, FREE, Adults & Families

      Our upcoming group exhibit, “H2O” invites you to consider the fascinating scientific properties of water from a creative point of view. This exhibit will run from September 29th to November 9th in the Garden Club of Princeton Gallery at the Watershed Center. Local artists will be in attendance with works available for sale benefiting the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Join us for refreshments and art that inspires appreciation, awareness, and stewardship of water and the natural environment.

    • October 1

      In Search of Nature’s Oddballs

      Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM, Families (children 5yo+), Free

      Did you know that daddy-long-legs are not spiders? How does a millipede move without tripping on its many feet? How do some insects turn their host plants into a home and food? Join Teacher-Naturalist Stefanie Paeg as she searches the Watershed Reserve trails for some of these unusual creatures – nature’s oddballs. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

    • October 2

      FREE First Sunday Environmental Film Series

      Sunday, 1:00PM, Families, Free

      First Sunday Films at the Watershed offers an opportunity to bring people together to learn and talk about important and timely topics related to water, the environment and sustainability. Movie goers are treated to free organic, locally sourced popcorn and invited to explore the Watershed Center and Reserve before and after the film. No registration required! Click to see a list of upcoming films!

    • October 3

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child

      Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!

    • October 4 – November 8

      Language of Nature: Trees of New Jersey

      Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults only, $195M/$245NM

      Saturday morning field trip dates: October 15, 22 and 29

      Deepen your understanding of, and appreciation for, the natural world. Course consists of 6 weeknight classes and 3 Saturday morning field trips. Classroom sessions at the Watershed Center focus on the science of our natural world, including evolution, classification, and ecological interactions. The field trips focus on identification and observation skills of species, habitats and behavior. No tests, no papers, no stress! Instructor: Bill Brash, Director (retired), Mercer County Soil Conservation. Register online, www.thewatershed.org/education/programs-and-activities/adult-education.

    • October 8

      Pedal the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail

      Saturday, 9:00AM-1:30PM, Adults and Families (children 12yo+), Free

      Explore the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail by bike as part of the River Days celebration sponsored by the William Penn Foundation. Starting with morning refreshments at the Watershed Center, we will bike the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail to Lawrenceville and back, picnic lunch provided. We will find the dividing line between the Delaware River and the Millstone River watersheds, and enjoy the natural world along this growing pathway. Participants must provide their own bikes and obey NJ helmet laws.

    • October 12

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, Free for members/$5NM

      Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required.

    • October 19

      Out There: Voices from the Wild Reading Group

      Wednesday, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults only, $10M/$15NM

      Facilitator Jeff Hoagland invites you to enjoy this unique and relaxed reading group in exploring the wide and varied terrain of nature writing, wildness and wilderness. Each month, readers will receive some poems and prose focused on a specific topic. Readers will also explore the broader literary world seeking additional works on this topic to share in our lively and entertaining discussion. Expect new insights into both the creative and natural worlds. Registration required. October topic – Rivers. Light refreshments provided.

    • October 22

      ROCK-tober Hike

      Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30PM, Adults and Families (children 5yo+), $5 per person

      Join Jeff Hoagland on a moderate hike to celebrate the rugged rocks of the Sourland Mountains. Wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes/boots and bring water bottle. This hike does not meet on the Watershed Reserve. Meeting location supplied upon registration.

    • October 24

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child

      Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!

    • October 26

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, Free for members/$5NM

      Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required.

    • October 29

      Nature of the Night Halloween Hike & Campfire

      Saturday, 4:00-5:30PM, Families (children 4-6yo) $10 pp OR $25 per family

      Saturday, 7:00-9:00PM, Families (children 7-12yo) $10 pp OR $35 per family

      Don’t miss our annual family-friendly night hike on the Watershed Reserve! Join the Education Staff to explore the ecology of night and magic of Halloween. Early sessions are for families with younger children; once the sun goes down, a little more spook-tacular fun is included for older children. Includes campfire in the woods with stories and roasted marshmallows. Guided hikes begin every 20 minutes; last hike begins at 8:00PM. Space is limited in each hike; pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

    • November 3

      Fall Tiny Tot Walk

      Thursday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $8M/$12NM

      You are never too young to start exploring outdoors! You and your toddler will experience nature as we share walks on the Reserve, art activities and story time. Tiny Tot walks provide a fun introduction to animals, plants and nature in general. Dress for fickle fall weather because we always go outside. Class size is limited and registration is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.

    • November 5

      Art with Nature

      Saturday, 9:30AM – 1:00PM, 15yo – Adult, Fee per person: $60M/$75NM

      Arts Council of Princeton artist/instructor Janet Keller Laughlin will help you create works of art with dried and fresh plant material. Begin with a Naturalist-led hike on the Reserve trails to collect specimen items such as vines, seed pods, and other plant materials. Then head into the Watershed Center to create botanical assemblages, wreaths and/or arrangements. Participants should bring their own gloves and clippers. Most materials will be provided; additional embellishments will be available for purchase from the instructor. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or call 609-924-8777.

    • November 5, 12 and 19

      NEW!! Nature Journaling

      Saturdays, 9:00AM – 12:00PM each week, 15yo – Adult, Fee: $110M/$135NM

      This newly added course does not appear in the Fall Wellspring. Arts Council of Princeton artist/instructor Ruth Councell will help encourage you to create a unique nature journal. Course begins indoors and then students set off into the woods with their journal and art supplies in hand! Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or call 609-924-8777.

    • November 5 & 6

      Wilderness First Aid Certification

      Saturday and Sunday, 9:00AM – 6:00PM each day, 16yo – Adult, 2-Day Fee: $255/$225 REI members

      Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, in times of an emergency you should never ask, “What do I do now?” WFA is a 2-day course that will teach you the skills and abilities to make sound decisions in emergency situations. It is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. Successful completion of the course will certify participants in NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute Wilderness First Aid. Course conducted on the Watershed Reserve, register online, http://tinyurl.com/REIWFA. Candidates seeking recertification should review WMI’s recertification policy before enrolling in this course, www.nols.edu/wmi/admissions/recertification.shtml.

    • November 6

      FREE First Sunday Environmental Film Series

      Sunday, 1:00PM, Families, Free

      First Sunday Films at the Watershed offers an opportunity to bring people together to learn and talk about important and timely topics related to water, the environment and sustainability. Movie goers are treated to free organic, locally sourced popcorn and invited to explore the Watershed Center and Reserve before and after the film. No registration required! Click to see a list of upcoming films!

    • November 7

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child

      Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!

    • November 9

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, Free for members/$5NM

      Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required.

    • November 16

      Out There: Voices from the Wild Reading Group

      Wednesday, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults only, $10M/$15NM

      Facilitator Jeff Hoagland invites you to enjoy this unique and relaxed reading group in exploring the wide and varied terrain of nature writing, wildness and wilderness. Each month, readers will receive some poems and prose focused on a specific topic. Readers will also explore the broader literary world seeking additional works on this topic to share in our lively and entertaining discussion. Expect new insights into both the creative and natural worlds. Registration required. November topic – Skies. Light refreshments provided.

    • November 17

      Fall Tiny Tot Walk

      Thursday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $8M/$12NM

      You are never too young to start exploring outdoors! You and your toddler will experience nature as we share walks on the Reserve, art activities and story time. Tiny Tot walks provide a fun introduction to animals, plants and nature in general. Dress for fickle fall weather because we always go outside. Class size is limited and registration is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.

    • November 21

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child

      Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!

    • November 23

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, Free for members/$5NM

      Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required.

    The Watershed Center is closed on November 24 and 25.

    • December 1

      Fall Tiny Tot Walk

      Thursday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $8M/$12NM

      You are never too young to start exploring outdoors! You and your toddler will experience nature as we share walks on the Reserve, art activities and story time. Tiny Tot walks provide a fun introduction to animals, plants and nature in general. Dress for fickle fall weather because we always go outside. Class size is limited and registration is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.

    • December 3

      Winter Bird Walk

      Saturday, 8:00-10:00AM, 15yo – Adult, Free

      Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland on a hike of the Watershed Reserve in search of wintering birds. Bring binoculars and dress for possibly muddy or snowy walking conditions.

    • December 3

      Holiday Open House

      Saturday, 1:00-4:00PM, Adults and Families, Free

      Drop in to celebrate the upcoming holidays with the SBMWA Staff! Informal tours of the Watershed Center, nature walks and simple children’s crafts available. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and receive 20% off your purchases. Registration for Open House is not required.

    • December 4

      FREE First Sunday Environmental Film Series

      Sunday, 1:00PM, Families, Free

      First Sunday Films at the Watershed offers an opportunity to bring people together to learn and talk about important and timely topics related to water, the environment and sustainability. Movie goers are treated to free organic, locally sourced popcorn and invited to explore the Watershed Center and Reserve before and after the film. No registration required! Click to see a list of upcoming films!

    • December 5

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child

      Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!

    • December 7

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, Free for members/$5NM

      Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required.

    • December 10

      Candle Making Workshop

      Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM, 8yo – Adult, $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!

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    Out There: Voices from the Wild


    Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 - 9:00PM, Adults only, $10M/$15NM


    Facilitator Jeff Hoagland invites you to enjoy this unique and relaxed monthly reading group in exploring the wide and varied terrain of nature writing, wildness and wilderness. Each month, readers will receive some poems and prose focused on a specific topic. September topic: birds. Light refreshments provided. Registration required.


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