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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 Main Office 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.

  • March 21

    Stream Monitoring Workshop

    Saturday, 9:30AM – 1:00PM, Adults, Families, Scout Groups (minimum age of 12), Free

    Join NJ Watershed Ambassador Rachel McGovern and the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space to learn how plant life affects our water quality and what constitutes a healthy habitat for the aquatic creatures that live in our streams. This is a day of fun and education – learn about your streams, water quality and how you can become a Citizen Scientist by performing stream assessments in your community. This workshop will be conducted in the Watershed Center laboratory and outdoors. Weather permitting, we will enter the Stony Brook to perform an assessment. Bring your rubber boots or waders. RSVP to americorps@thewatershed.org

  • March 21

    Build a Birdhouse Workshop

    Saturday, 1;00-3:00PM, Families, $25 per birdhouse

    Hike the Watershed Reserve with a Teacher-Naturalist, examining several bird homes and discovering some of the unique places that birds will build their nests. Then build your own birdhouse with us, take it home and wait for your avian neighbors to move in! Fee includes all materials to construct one wooden birdhouse.

  • March 25

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, FREE for members/$5 non-members

    Start your early spring day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Teacher-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 and possible muddy conditions. Walks will continue bi-weekly throughout the season – join one or all! Binoculars and nature journal are encouraged.

  • March 28

    Nature Camouflage Egg Hunt

    Saturday, 10:30-11:30AM, Families (children 3-10yo+), $8 per child, Adults FREE

    Wander through fields and forest of the Watershed Reserve with our Teacher-Naturalists, in search of naturally-dyed eggs. Children should bring a basket or bag for egg collection. Held rain or shine, registration is requested.

  • April 1

    End of Early Bird Discount for Watershed Nature Camp Registration

    This is no April Fools’ Day joke… Watershed Nature Camp Early Bird Registration Discount ends today! If you haven’t signed up for camp yet, then ‘WATER’ you waiting for?

  • April 6-10

    Spring Fling Mini-Camp

    Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 4:00PM daily, children 6-12 years old, Daily fee: $75M/$90NM; Sibling and multi-day discounts and extended care available

    Spend your school spring break with your friends and the Teacher-Naturalists, exploring the trails on the Watershed Reserve, building shelters in the woods, walking to the nearby Stony Brook or Wargo Pond and enjoying a daily campfire with roasted marshmallows. The Watershed Center is ‘home base’ but children spend the entire day exploring outdoors.

  • April 11, 18 and 25

    Saturday Art Sampler – NEW

    Saturdays, 10:00-11:30AM for children 6-8yo, Fee per class: $20M/$30NM Saturdays, 1:00-3:00PM for children 9-11yo, Fee per class: $25M/$35NM

    NEW children’s art classes held at the Watershed Center, taught by instructors from the Arts Council of Princeton. Register for 1, 2 or all 3! Register directly with the Arts Council, 609-924-8777.

    April 11 – Magic of Monet

    Create artwork inspired by the work of Claude Monet and his paintings from his gardens in Giverny. ACP instructor Libby Ramage will lead students in completing a mural that will be displayed in the Watershed Center.

    April 18 – Focus on Flowers

    Take a close-up look at flowers (magnifying glasses and all!) and gain inspiration from American painter Georgia O’Keefe as well as the natural beauty of plant life on the Watershed Reserve. Lead by ACP instructor Debbie Gwazda.

    April 25 – Avian Art: Birds in Nature

    Under the tutelage of ACP instructor Susan Hoenig, students will use birds as inspiration for their own fantastic, feathered 3D creation using mixed media.

  • April 14-June 9

    Weekly Preschool Nature Class

    Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30AM OR 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

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

  • April 14-June 9

    Weekly After School Nature Class – NEW

    Tuesdays, 4:15-5:30PM, children 6-10 years old, Class fee per child: $10M/$15NM; Register and pay for 4 classes, receive a 5th class FREE

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

  • April 15

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, FREE for members/$5 non-members

    Start your early spring day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Teacher-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 and possible muddy conditions. Walks will continue bi-weekly throughout the season – join one or all! Binoculars and nature journal are encouraged.

  • April 16

    Project WET – Educators Workshop on Water

    Thursday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM, Adults only, $20 per person

    Project WET is an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on water. Educational topics we will cover include the properties of water, aquatic wildlife and ecosystems, water quality and quantity issues and water management strategies. The workshop combines classroom instruction and field activities. The innovative water management features of the Watershed Center will also be examined. Participants receive Project WET activity guide (520 pages) and professional development credit. Fee includes morning refreshments and light lunch. This workshop is appropriate for formal and informal educators, scout leaders and home school families.

  • April 18

    Watershed Nature Camp Open House

    Saturday, 2:00-4:00PM, Families (children 3-16yo), FREE

    Come to the Watershed Center to meet Camp Director Tammy Love, learn about our summer camp and register! RSVP for Open House is not required.

  • April 18

    International Haiku Poetry Day Ginko

    Saturday, 3:30-6:00PM, Adults and Teens, FREE

    Join Education Director and haiku poet Jeff Hoagland on a ‘ginkgo’ (a haiku walk), in celebration of this traditional Japanese form of poetry. We will begin with a brief explanation of the haiku tradition, take a hike and finish with some light refreshments. Bring a favorite book to share and a journal. This hike is co-sponsored by the Haiku Foundation.

  • April 20, May 4, May 18 and June 1

    Tiny Tot Walks with Miss Allison – NEW

    Mondays, 10:30-11:30AM, toddlers 18-36 months with an adult, Series fee: $30M/$40NM

    You are never too young to start exploring outdoors! You and your toddler will experience nature with Miss Allison as she shares 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 spring weather – we always go outside. Boots, hats and gloves might be necessary. Registration for the entire 4-class series is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.

  • April 24

    Frog Slog Night Hike

    Friday, 8:00-10:00PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

    Discover the secret life of frogs on a special night hike with Education Director Jeff Hoagland at Wargo Pond. Come with sharp ears and eyes… and a flashlight and boots! Be prepared for wet and muddy walking conditions – we will be wading into shallow water. Space is very limited in this hike.

  • April 25

    Build a Rain Barrel Workshop

    Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM, Adults and Families, $50 per rain barrel

    Watershed Ambassador Rachel McGovern will teach you how to capture and reuse rain water in your home garden with a rain barrel. Examine the innovative water management features of our new Watershed Center before constructing your own rain barrel under Rachel’s guidance. Bring your barrel home to begin the water savings immediately! Fee includes all materials to construct one rain barrel. Registration and prepayment are required. This workshop is co-sponsored by Hopewell Environmental Commission.

  • April 27

    Lunch & Learn with a Naturalist – NEW

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

    Parents and children 5-10 years old… pack your lunch and join one of the Teacher-Naturalists for a nature-themed lunch! We will enjoy lunch in the Watershed Center or outdoors (weather permitting) coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. You will be sent 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.

  • April 29

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, FREE for members/$5 non-members

    Start your spring day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Teacher-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 and possible muddy conditions. Walks will continue bi-weekly throughout the season – join one or all! Binoculars and nature journal are encouraged.

  • May 2

    GRAND OPENING – Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education

    Saturday, 11:00AM – 3:00PM, All are welcome – FREE

    Help us celebrate the opening of the new Watershed Center, an innovative environmental center that showcases 21st century technology for energy, water management and conservation and education! Thank you to all our Watershed Association members and supporters for turning our Bold Vision into Reality.

  • May 9

    Eco-Printing Workshop

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 3:30PM, Teens 15yo – Adult, Fee: $50M/$60NM

    Learn how to imbed natural pigments found only in nature into fabric. Taught by Arts Council of Princeton instructor – no experience needed. $15 materials fee payable directly to instructor. Register directly with Arts Council, 609-924-8777.

  • May 9

    Engineering with the Sun – NEW

    Saturday, 9:30AM – 12:00PM, children 8-12yo, Fee per child: $15M/$20NM

    Design and build a model house utilizing what we know about the sun’s journey across the sky, throughout the day and seasons. After touring the Watershed Center and learning more about its’ innovative energy features (parents are invited to stay for tour), children will work collaboratively and on their own to build individual models of a passive solar home.

  • May 11

    Lunch & Learn with a Naturalist – NEW

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

    Parents and children 5-10 years old… pack your lunch and join one of the Teacher-Naturalists for a nature-themed lunch! We will enjoy lunch in the Watershed Center or outdoors (weather permitting) coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. You will be sent 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.

  • May 13

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, FREE for members/$5 non-members

    Start your spring day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Teacher-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 and possible muddy conditions. Walks will continue bi-weekly throughout the season – join one or all! Binoculars and nature journal are encouraged.

  • May 16

    Watershed Nature Camp Open House

    Saturday, 2:00-4:00PM, Families (children 3-16yo), FREE

    Come to the Watershed Center to meet Camp Director Tammy Love and her Staff, learn about our summer camp and register (availability in all programs not guaranteed). RSVP for Open House is not required. This is the final open house before the start of the camp season.

  • May 27

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Wednesday, 8:30-9:30AM, Adults only, FREE for members/$5 non-members

    Start your spring day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Teacher-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 and possible muddy conditions. Walks will continue bi-weekly throughout the season – join one or all! Binoculars and nature journal are encouraged.

  • May 30

    Plein Air Painting Workshop on the Reserve

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 2:00PM, Teens 16yo – Adult, $50M/$60NM

    Explore the popular 19th century tradition of watercoloring painting outdoors (en plain air). Guided by an instructor from the Arts Council of Princeton, participants will discover the quality of natural light and how it changes over time, explore natural color and experiment with brush strokes to create textures. The workshop begins with a short hike on the Watershed Reserve trails for inspiration! Register directly with the Arts Council, 609-924-8777.

  • June 8

    Lunch & Learn with a Naturalist – NEW

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

    Parents and children 5-10 years old… pack your lunch and join one of the Teacher-Naturalists for a nature-themed lunch! We will enjoy lunch in the Watershed Center or outdoors (weather permitting) coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. You will be sent 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.

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Events

Spring Fling Mini-Camp

April 6-10, Monday - Friday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM each day, girls/boys 6-12 years old, Daily fee: $75M/$90NM

Spend your spring school break at the Watershed Reserve with the Teacher-Naturalists! We will hike the trails, perhaps visit the Stony Brook or Wargo Pond to search for signs of spring, build shelters in the woods and have an afternoon campfire each day! The new Watershed Center is 'home base' but we will spend every day outdoors. Register for one day or all week. Registration and pre-payment are required. Multi-day and sibling discounts and extended care are available.

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