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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January through March
Winter 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 winter dates and topics. Winter Preschool classes begin the week of January 4, 2016. See link below.
January 11, 25, February 8, 22, March 7, 21
Lunch & Learn SERIESMondays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, Series Fee: $25/child; Individual Class Fee: $5 /child
Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Starting with the new year, we will expand our Lunch & Learn to bi-monthly get-togethers! Bring your lunch to enjoy in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson to whet your appetite and a hands-on activity. We will send you home with ideas to explore and projects to tackle for further enrichment. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome! Join us for the entire series (and save) or drop in for just a few – it’s your choice.
February 17-March 9
NEW – Conserving Energy in Your HomeWednesdays, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults; $180M/$230NM
Learn how to reduce energy use in your home, save money on your electric bills and help the environment. Examine solar energy and geothermal systems and determine whether they are right for you. Visit the Adult Education page to learn more.
In Search of Owls III – FULL
Winter Exploration Geocache EventSaturday, 1:30-3:00PM, Adults and Families, Donations accepted
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. Watch for more details and RSVP at www.geocaching.com or contact the Education Department at 609-737-7592. Light refreshments served.
BSA ‘Weather’ Merit Badge WorkshopSaturday, 9:00AM – 12:00PM, Boy Scouts 11yo+, $20 per scout
Join Education Director/BSA Merit Badge Counselor Jeff Hoagland for this morning workshop, designed to help Boy Scouts earn the ‘Weather’ merit badge. Out on the Watershed Reserve, scouts will examine the effects of Hurricanes Sandy or Irene while exploring the greater world of meteorology. Scouts will visit the Watershed Center’s weather station and examine and interpret recent weather data onsite. Registration is by individual Boy Scout, not troop. Payment due at the time of registration.
Great Backyard Bird Count on the ReserveFriday, 10:00-11:00AM, Adults and Families, FREE
Watch and tally wild birds out the soaring windows of the Watershed Center, all from the cozy comfort of the Discovery Room and Gorrie Hall! The Teacher-Naturalists will help you participate in a Great Backyard Bird Count – beginning birders are very welcome. The data we compile will be submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hot beverages provided.
Winter Tree ExplorationSaturday, 2:00-3:30PM, Adults and Families (children 8yo+), FREE for Members/$5NM
Join this outdoor exploration to learn about life in the forest by uncovering the secret lives of trees. Discover the many ways that trees provide for others in the forest community from tiny gall flies, the chickadee, turkey tail and wild grape. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon. Free for members of SBMWA or Washington Crossing Audubon Society.
Birds-n-Brunch Mini-CampMonday, 10:00AM – 2:00PM, children grades 1-5, Fee per child: $20M/$25NM
Schools are closed for President’s Day so join the Teacher-Naturalists and participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Then bundle up for a trek outdoors and 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 the day will be spent outdoors visiting the tapped trees and ‘evaporation station’ – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Payment due at the time of registration.
February 19 and 20
NEW – Webelos Camp-In at the Watershed CenterFriday, 7:00PM – Saturday, 9:00AM, Webelo Scouts, Fee per boy: $35, Fee per adult: $15
We have a night of winter-y fun planned for you and your troop this weekend… scavenger hikes, science experiments and meet the critters 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.
Intro to Private Lands Stewardship ProgramSaturday, 10:30-11:30AM, Adults, FREE
Do you want to support the natural diversity of New Jersey native plants and wildlife but do not know how to start? Established and implemented by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, PLSP supports stewardship efforts of local homeowners, specifically residents of Hopewell and Pennington, regardless of property size. Attend this information meeting at the Watershed Center to learn how you can implement sound ecological practices – big and small. Light refreshments, RSVP requested.
Winter Weeds Sketching WorkshopSaturday, 11:00AM – 3:30PM, 16yo – Adult, Fee per person: $55M/$65NM
Join botanical illustrator Ruth Councell for an illuminating look at last season’s wildflowers. During a brisk morning walk on the Reserve trails, we will introduce you to a wide variety of plants, sharing their natural history while offering identification tips. Specimens can be collected during the walk for use in the studio session. After lunch, Ruth will help you sharpen your drawing skills to capture the fine form and architecture of the plants. Participants should come dressed for wintery weather on the trails, boots are necessary. Bring a bag lunch; hot beverages provided. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org to register and for more information. Inclement weather date is February 27.
Maple Sugaring Brunch & HikeSaturday, 2 sessions: 9:30-11:30AM OR 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Families and Adults Member fees: $15/adult, $8/child (up to 13yo), under 3yo FREE
Non-member fees: $20/adult, $12/child (up to 13yo), under 3yo FREE
Our very popular winter brunch is returning to the Watershed Center. Hike with the Teacher-Naturalists to our tapped trees, learn about the process to convert maple sap to syrup and visit the ‘evaporation station’. A delicious home-cooked pancake brunch, served with our homemade maple syrup from trees on the Reserve, is the highlight of the day! Part of the program is conducted outdoors – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Sign up for one session – registration and prepayment are required.
Woodcock WatchSaturday, 6:00-7:30PM, Adults and families (children 6yo+), Free
Discover the local avian harbinger of spring, the woodcock, on a short hike on the Watershed Reserve trails with Education Director Jeff Hoagland. Join us at dusk as we watch and learn more about their spring courtship dance and fascinating life. This hike is co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.
Winter Fairy LandSaturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Families, $7 per person OR $20 per family
Come celebrate winter with the magical creatures of the Watershed Reserve. We will build cozy winter fairy homes in Honeysuckle Hedgerow, listen to winter tales, practice writing in Elfish, and make some festive arts and crafts. Dress for wintery and wizard-ly weather – boots are necessary.
Watershed Nature Camp Open HouseSaturday, 2:00-4:00PM, Families, FREE
Summer will be here before you know it! Kids ages 5 – 16 and their families can meet Camp Director Tammy Love in the Watershed Center, learn about Watershed Nature Camp 2016 and register! RSVP is not required – drop-ins are welcome.
Project WET WorkshopThursday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM, Adults, $25 per person
Adult educators are encouraged to attend this innovative interdisciplinary all-day workshop that focuses on WATER. Educational activities will cover topics such as the properties of water, aquatic wildlife and ecosystems, water quality and quantity issues and water management strategies. This workshop combines classroom instruction with field activities. Fee includes light morning refreshments; participants should bring a bag lunch and refillable water bottle. Appropriate for teachers, scout leaders and home school parents.