Registration is required for all Watershed Association programs, unless stated otherwise. Space is limited. All programs meet at 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Exploring the Night – CANCELLED
Solar Power – Solar Balloons & Writing with the Sun! – CANCELLED
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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October 24 - Nature of the Night Halloween Hike & Campfire
Families (children 4-12 years old)
Join the Education Staff to explore the ecology of night and magic of Halloween. Early sessions (4:00-5:30PM) are for families with children 4-6 years old. Once the sun goes down (6:30-9:00PM), a little more spook-tacular fun is included for families with older children. All sessions include our forest campfire and roasted marshmallows. Bring flashlights, no costumes or pets please. Pre-registration and payment are required.
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