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:
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.
September 16, 30 and October 21
BSA Sustainability Merit Badge WorkshopWednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00PM; Boy Scouts 13 yo+, $25 per scout
Join Education Director/BSA Merit Badge Counselor Jeff Hoagland for this short series of workshops designed to help Boy Scouts earn the ‘Sustainability’ merit badge. Through each of these sessions, scouts will get an up-close look at the green infrastructure at the Watershed Center and work on the requirements of this badge.
September 17, October 1, 22 and November 5
Tiny Tot Walks with Miss AllisonThursdays, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36months (with an adult), Series Fee: $30M/$40NM
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 for the 4-class series is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.
September through November
Water, Wings & Webs Art Series for ChildrenSaturdays, 10:00-11:30AM, Children 6-10yo, Class fee: $20M/$30NM
Your child will join one of the instructors from the Arts Council of Princeton on designated Saturdays for a different nature-inspired art adventure! Register for single classes or the entire 4-class series. Classes meet at the Watershed Center. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.
September 19 – Animal Camouflage & Mimicry; ACP instructor Susan Hoenig
October 17 – OWLS; ACP instructor Susan Hoenig
October 31– Cast a spell for ART; ACP instructor Eleanor Evans
November 14 – Fun with Frogs; ACP instructor Libby Ramage
September through December
Fall Preschool Nature ClassTuesdays, 10:00-11:30AM and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30PM, children 3-5 years old, Class fee per child: $10M/$15NM; Register and pay for 4 classes, receive a 5th class FREE. Registration is required for preschool class.
Vist our Preschool page for fall dates and topics. See link below.
NEW – Teacher Tour of the Watershed CenterThursday, 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.
Micro-WorldSaturday, 9:30AM – 12:00PM, Families (children 6yo+), Fee per family: $15M/$20NM
Get small and explore the Watershed Center pond and the nearby Stony Brook, discovering who lives in and around the water. We will catch a variety of creatures with nets and get a close look in the Watershed Center’s lab using microscopes. Meet mayflies, volvox, cyclops and more! Wear shoes to wade in shallow water.
Mercer County Insect FestivalSaturday, 1:00-4:00PM, Families, FREE
Look for the SBMWA Teacher-Naturalists at this annual event sponsored by Master Gardeners of Mercer County. Held at the Mercer Education Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Pennington. Learn more at http://www.mgofmc.org. Registration not required.
September 14, October 19, November 16 and December 14
Lunch & Learn with a NaturalistMondays, 11:30AM-12:30PM, Families (children 5-10yo), $5 per child
Parents and children – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center or outdoors (weather permitting) coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. We will send you home with ideas to explore and projects to tackle for further enrichment. 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 16, 30, October 21, November 4, 18
Take a walk on the WILD sideWednesdays, 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. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon – hikes are free for members of either organization.
September 17, October 15 and November 19
Third Thursday Sustainability ToursThursdays, 7:00-8:00PM (Sept. 17), 9:00-10:00AM (Oct. 15 and Nov. 19), 15yo – Adult, FREE
Join a staff member for a behind the scenes tour of the sustainability features of our new Watershed Center. Learn about green engineering with a special focus on water and energy. Calculate the energy produced and used by our building, examine our green roof and rain gardens, and visit our waste water wetlands.
Creepy Spider HuntFriday, 7:30-9:00PM, Families (children 5yo+), Fee per person: $8M/$12NM
Crab spiders, jumping spiders, wolf spiders, orb and funnel weavers and more! Join our annual night hunt with nocturnal naturalist Jeff Hoagland. We will navigate the trails of the Watershed Reserve using our flashlights in search of many different types of spiders.
Fine Art of Stream MonitoringSaturday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families (children 10yo+), FREE for members/$5NM
Join SBMWA Stream Watch Coordinator Erin Stretz on the Stony Brook to celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, learning how we monitor your water for pollutants. Get an insider’s look and help us calculate stream health sampling macroinvertebrate populations and testing water chemistry.
Back to Camp Day at the Watershed CenterSaturday, 2:00-4:00PM, 2015 Watershed Nature Campers and their families, FREE
Bring your family and friends back to camp for an afternoon on the Reserve! Meet up with Watershed Nature Camp friends and see Camp Director Tammy Love and some of your counselors again when you hike to the Stony Brook, visit the Center and critters and enjoy marshmallows roasted on a campfire! Just like camp, it’s rain or shine so dress for the weather! RSVP requested, 609-737-7592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21, 28 and October 5
Plein Air Painting WorkshopsMondays, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, Adults, Series Fee: $95M/120NM
Enjoy the challenge and joy of completing a painting, either oil or acrylic, on the Watershed Reserve under the tutelage of an ACP instructor! Includes Naturalist-led hike on the Reserve for inspiration. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while lingering with your fellow artists. Registration is for the 3-class series. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.
NEW – Scout Leader Open HouseFriday, 7:00-8:30PM, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Leaders, FREE
Attention all Troop Leaders – Are you searching for a fun and unique way to introduce science and nature to your scouts? Visit the Watershed Center and learn how the Teacher-Naturalists can help your troop members achieve Badges, Try-Its and recognitions. Tours of the building and samples of hands-on activities will be highlighted – come have fun, explore and discover!
September 26 and 27
Outdoor Digital Photography WorkshopSaturday, 1:00-4:00PM and Sunday, 10:00AM – 1:00PM, Adults, 2-day fee: $110M/$135NM
Discover the power of your camera and learn the elements of good artistic composition during an outdoor photo shoot on the Watershed Reserve. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Spend the morning in the ACP Digital Studio (102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton), where you will gain a better understanding of how to work with software to create print-ready digital image files. Registration is for the 2-day workshop. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.
Exploring the NightFriday, 8:00-9:30PM, Adults and Families (children 8yo+), Fee per person: $8M/$12NM
Explore the wonders of the night at the onset of autumn. Join Jeff Hoagland on the trail for an intimate glimpse into the nocturnal world as we look for glowworms, listen for flying squirrels and call owls.
Solar Power – Solar Balloons & Writing with the Sun!Saturday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Families (children 8yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM
Enjoy a unique look at the power of the sun. After a brief tour of our photovoltaic systems, families will enjoy the challenge of flying their own solar-powered balloon and creating a small name plate writing with the sun. Fee includes all materials.
October 10, 17, 24 and 31
Environmental Art for Pre-TeensSaturdays, 1:00-3:00PM, children 10-14, Series Fee: $95M/$120NM
Students will use new materials, found objects, recycling and concepts that promote a clean environment to produce original artwork inspired by such artists as Andy Goldsworthy and Christo! Final projects will be individual sculptures, house designs and proposals for urban planning. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization
Great Pumpkin Carve-OutFriday, 6:30-8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 10yo+), FREE
Carve a jack-o-lantern to donate to the annual Nature of the Night Halloween Hike! This is strictly BYOG (bring your own gourd) – we’ll provide the light refreshments. And don’t forget to pre-register for Nature of the Night the following evening!
Nature of the Night Halloween Hike & CampfireSaturday, 4:00-5:30PM, Families (children 4-6yo) $10 pp OR $25 per family
Saturday, 6:30-9:00PM, Families (children 7-12yo) $10 pp OR $35 per family
It’s BACK and BIGGER – 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Ghoul SchoolSaturday, 1:00-3:00PM, children 7-10yo, Fee per child: $15M/$20NM
Creepy chemistry and mad science experiments have taken over the Watershed lab today! Join the Teacher-Naturalists for some silly and serious Halloween fun! Feel free to wear your costume too!
November 5 and 6
Autumn Adventure Mini-CampThursday and Friday, 9:30AM – 4:00PM each day (extended care available at extra fee) Children in grades 1-5; Daily fee per child: $60M/$75NM; sibling and 2-day discounts available
Spend the November public school break at the Watershed Reserve with the Teacher-Naturalists. Outdoor autumn activities will focus on the turning of the seasons and may include trail explorations, shelter building, or a pond exploration. Enjoy a campfire each afternoon with a marshmallow roast. Register for one day or both! Registration and prepayment are required.
New Jersey Confluence: Volunteer Water Monitoring Summit at the Watershed CenterFriday, 9:00AM – 4:30PM, Water Quality Monitors and Volunteers
This state-wide event will bring together water quality monitoring program staff and volunteers from across the state for a day of workshops and idea-sharing. For more information, contact email@example.com.
November 13 and 14
NEW – Girl Scout Troop Camp-In at the Watershed CenterFriday, 7:00PM – Saturday, 9:00AM, Brownie & Junior Girl Scouts, Fee per girl: $35, Fee per adult: $15
We have a night of indoor and outdoor fun planned for you and your troop this weekend… scavenger hikes, science experiments, meet the critters, and a campfire (weather permitting) are some of the activities you can look forward to. At the end of the evening, spread your sleeping bags out on the floor of the Watershed Center and sleep near our critters and displays! Registration is by troop only and pre-payment is required. Fee includes snacks and Saturday breakfast.
Harvest for the HolidaysSaturday, 9:30AM – 1:00PM, Adults, Fee per person: $65M/$75NM
Join ACP instructor Janet Keller Laughlin at the Watershed Reserve to create festive decorations that will never wilt! Begin with a hike led by one of the SBMWA Teacher-Naturalists to collect specimen items such as vines, seed pods and other dried plant materials. Then head indoors to construct and embellish botanical assemblages, wreaths and arrangements. $10 fee to cover the cost of supplemental dried plant material, hot glue guns, wire, grapevine wreaths and orbs is payable to instructor on day of workshop. Bring your own gloves, clippers and imagination! Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.
Family Science NightWednesday, 7:00-9:00PM, Families (children up to 12yo), FREE
Join the Education staff for some fun ‘science after sunset’ in the Watershed Center! Under the guidance of the SBMWA Teacher-Naturalists, families will be encouraged and challenged to perform simple experiments to learn more about WATER in the new LEED-Platinum Watershed Center. Experimental stations will be set up within the center, utilizing the laboratory, Gorrie Hall, discovery room and classrooms. This event is limited to 200 participants. Pre-registration is required.
Winter Bird Walk on the ReserveSaturday, 9:00-11:00AM, 15yo – Adult, $5 per person
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. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon.
Woolie Wearables: Make a Felted ScarfSaturday, 10:00AM – 2:30PM, Adults, Fee per person: $60M/$75NM
Learn the technique of felting from an ACP instructor and create a lightweight scarf using carded Merino wool and silk fibers. No previous felting experience is necessary, but expect a little bit of physical work and ability to stand on your feet while felting is required. Bring 2 old towels and a plastic shopping bag. Materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.
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August 27 - Teacher Tour of the Watershed Center
Thursday, 9:00AM - 12:00PMFormal and informal educators - come see how the sustainability features and lab of the new Watershed Center can reinforce STEM learning in your classroom and help you address the Next Generation Science Standards! RSVP, 609-737-7592.
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