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 or email email@example.com 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.
STEM Saturdays for PreschoolersSaturdays, 10:00-11:00AM, Parent and child (3-5 years old), $10M/$15NM
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.
January 23, February 6, March 6 and 20
Lunch & Learn SeriesMondays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child, adults free
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. We will send you home with ideas to explore and projects to tackle for further enrichment. January 23 is a special lesson on maple tree tapping! Registration is not required for any class.
January 12 – February 11
While nature outdoors is frosty and dormant, we will warm up with some classic and contemporary nature writing at the Watershed including essays and ecopoetry, romanticism and transcendentalism, and the history of writing about nature from Genesis and Psalms to the present. No outside reading or knowledge is required. The course is taught by Winifred Hughes Spar Ph.D., former English literature professor at Princeton University.
In Search of Owls I – FULL
Sensational Summer Camp Fair in LawrencevilleSaturday, 12:00-3:00PM, Families, Free
Meet Camp Director Tammy Love at the camp fair in the Quakerbridge Mall to learn about Watershed Nature Camp 2017! The brochure is posted on our website in mid-January and on-line registrations will be accepted immediately!
Maple Tree TappingTuesday, 12:00-12:45PM, Families, $5 per person, under 3yo free
Help the Teacher-Naturalists get ready for maple sugaring season 2017! Join us for a short talk about maple sugaring. Then head out on the property and assist as we tap the maple trees that we will use this year for sap collection. Come dressed for wintery weather; boots recommended.
Design Your Own Rain GardenWednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Adults and Families
$20 general public, $15 River-Friendly Residents
Join Lauren Theis, Raritan Headwaters Education Director, to learn all about rain gardens. Lauren will cover the basics: planning, design, installation and maintenance. Attendees will learn how to read topographic maps of their property, select a location, and design their very own garden!
Register through our River-Friendly Workshop Series page.
Groundhog Day CelebrationSaturday, 10:00-11:30AM, Families, Free
Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Watershed Reserve with a hike to check out several burrows of these furry weather forecasters. Learn about their life history and role in the ecological community and enjoy the challenge of the hibernation game. After our hike and game, warm up by our outside fire to enjoy roasted marshmallows and a hot beverage.
Watershed Nature Camp Open House #1Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM, Families, Free
Summer will be here before you know it! Kids ages 5 – 16 and their families can learn more about Watershed Nature Camp 2017 and register! RSVP is not required – drop-ins are welcome. Can’t make it to this open house? There will be two additional camp open houses – February 28 (Tuesday, 6:30-8:00PM) and March 25 (Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM).
Winter Exploration Geocache EventSaturday, 1:30-3:30PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person
This “event-cache” is a great introduction to the hobby of geocaching as well as the ecology of winter. Track animals, meet winter weeds, talk with birds and much more. Appropriate for beginners or experienced cachers. Bring your own GPS unit and dress for walking on wintery trails – boots required. Watch for more details and RSVP at www.geocaching.com or contact the Education Department at 609-737-7592.
Free environmental films will be displayed every first Sunday of the month at 1:00PM unless noted otherwise. Enjoy free, organic, locally sourced popcorn during the films and stay tuned for other upcoming screenings. Come see our movie and then hike our trails.
In Search of Owls IIFriday, 7:00-8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM
Begin the evening indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. One more owl hike on February 11. Sign up for only one date.
Wildflowers & Weeds in WinterSaturday, 11:00AM – 3:30PM, 15yo – Adult, Fee: $55M/$65NM
Celebrate the endless variety of structures and the fascinating shapes and textures of the weeds of winter. We begin our day with a 45 minute Naturalist-guided hike on the Watershed Reserve trails, followed by a drawing workshop led by Arts Council of Princeton Botanical Illustrator Ruth Councell. Participants will be allowed to collect specimens during the walk for later use in the studio. After lunch, the class will spend time with specimens gathered in the morning, studying and sketching them under Ruth´s guidance. Then, as time permits, students will develop a finished piece based on one or more sketches. Participants should come dressed for wintery weather on the trails. Bring a bag lunch, hot beverages provided. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.
Tracks and TrailsSaturday, 1:30-3:30PM, Families (children 5yo+), Free
Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland for a winter hike out on the Reserve trails and learn how to identify animal tracks. We don’t always see the wild animals that live nearby so Jeff will help you interpret the signs that they leave behind. Dress warmly and wear boots.
In Search of Owls IIISaturday, 7:00-8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM
Begin the evening indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. This is the final owl hike for 2017.
Composting & Soil HealthWednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Adults and Families
$20 general public, $15 River-Friendly Residents
Join Priscilla Hayes, Master Gardener and former President of NJ Association of Conservation Districts, as she shares her expertise in food waste recycling and soil health. Attendees will go home with reference guides and their very own countertop compost bin! Register through our River-Friendly Workshop Series page.
February 17 & 21
Birds-n-Brunch Mini-CampFriday and Tuesday, 10:00AM – 2:00PM each day, children grades 1-5, Daily fee per child: $30M/$40NM
Is your school closed for a winter break? Join the Teacher-Naturalists for some winter bird watching – inside the Watershed Center as well as out on the trails. We’ll also trek outdoors for a lesson on maple sugaring. Best of all, we will settle in afterwards for a delicious pancake lunch – served with our homemade maple syrup! Part of each day will be spent outdoors visiting the tapped trees and ‘evaporation station’ – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Register for one or two days – it’s your choice! Prepayment required, lunch is included in fee.
Watershed Nature Camp Open House #2Tuesday, 6:30-8:00PM, Families, Free
Drop into the Watershed Center after dinner to learn more about Watershed Nature Camp 2017! Open to families with children 5-16 years old. RSVP is not required. There is one more open house planned for March 25 (Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM).
Hand-dyed & Printed Textiles WorkshopSaturday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, 15yo – Adult, Fee per person: $110M/$135NM
Experiment creating texture and visual interest in fabric using rocks, stones, and minerals as resists in silk dyeing and printing on fabric. Join Master silk artist Lian Sawires in a unique exploration of hand-dyeing and printing techniques including stamping, rolling, and streaking, as well as a form of “stone shibori”. Stones can be inked and used for mark-making, or tied into cloth to create organic shapes and ghost images. The motifs of stones in design, exploration of rough and smooth and joining rocks and fabric will also be engaged using binding, drawing with resist materials and fabric inks. Participants will create three scarves and a small fabric painting and are encouraged to bring their own stones to the workshop or use those provided. Materials fee of $35.00 payable directly to instructor on the day of workshop. This workshop will take place at the Watershed Center in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org
Maple Sugaring Brunch & HikeSaturday, 2 settings: 9:30-11:30AM OR 11:00AM-1:00PM, Adults and Families welcome Member fees: $15/13yo – adult, $8/child (3-12yo), under 3yo free Non-Member fees: $20/13yo – adult, $12/child (3-12yo), under 3yo free
Join us at the Watershed Center for this popular annual event. Hike with the Teacher-Naturalists to our tapped trees, learn about the process to convert maple sap to syrup and visit the ‘evaporation station’. The highlight of the morning is a delicious pancake brunch, served with our homemade maple syrup made from trees on the Reserve! Part of this program is conducted outdoors – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Sign up for one session – registration and prepayment are required.
Go Green Day!Friday, 10:00AM – 1:00PM, children 6-10 years old, Fee per child: $20M/$30NM
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in a new way! Explore the Watershed Center with the Teacher-Naturalists to learn about its’ innovative green systems and sustainable features then team up and test your knowledge by playing Green Jeopardy! Make recycled paper in our lab then take a hike and explore the outdoors in search of signs of spring. Bring your lunch, including a refillable water bottle, and come dressed for outdoor play – boots recommended. Prepayment required.
Watershed Nature Camp Open House #3Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM, Families, Free
This is the final open house where you can meet Camp Director Tammy Love, but online camp registration remains open throughout the entire season! Open to families with children 5-16 years old. RSVP is not required.
Rainwater HarvestingWednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Adults and Families
$50 general public, $40 River-Friendly Residents
Join Brittany Musolino, Stony Brook-Millstone’s River-Friendly Coordinator, and Anna Marshall, AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador, to learn all about stormwater management at home and the uses of a rainwater harvesting system. Build your own rain barrel to take home! Register through our River-Friendly Workshop Series page.
Nature Camp Registration Opens January 21st!
Whether you join us for a week about water, outdoor skills, animals, or art in nature, you are sure to have a fabulous time running around in the fresh summer air!
Click to see our camp program guide and online registration!