Registration is required for all Watershed Association programs, unless stated otherwise. Space is limited. All programs meet at the Watershed 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 Reserve 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.
Winter Bird WalkSaturday, 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. This hike is co-sponsored by the Washington Crossing Audubon.
Tiny Tot Walk10:00-11:00AM, Class fee per child: $7M/$10NM
Children 18-36 months, all children must be walking and accompanied by an adult. You and your ‘budding naturalist’ are invited to join us on any or all of these monthly outdoor explorations of the natural world. Children and adults should dress for the weather – we always go outside. Classes include songs, stories, super simple crafts and a snack!
Candle MakingSaturday, 1:00-3:00PM, Families (children 8yo+), $10M/$15NM
Celebrate the Winter Solstice and the return of the light by making candles with the Teacher-Naturalists. We will create hand-dipped candles, sand candles and molded candles. Learn how to shape candles and add embellishments, then go home with your unique handmade gifts. Registration and prepayment required.
Welcome Winter WalkSaturday, 9:30-11:30AM; Adults and Families (children 5yo+); Fee: $5 per person
Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland on a morning walk at the Mountain Lakes Preserve in Princeton to explore the wonders of the natural world in winter. Discover the unique survival strategies of local plants and animals from milkweed to meadow vole and red oak to robin. Learn where animals store food and how they survive the season’s relentless chill. Enjoy the fun of the ‘Hibernation Game’. Dress warmly, boots are recommended, and bring your sense of wonder. Program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Princeton Open Space.
Insects in WinterSaturday, 10:00AM-12:00PM; Adults and Families; Fee per person: $8M/$12NM
During the cold winter months, insects and spiders seemingly disappear outdoors. Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland on an outdoor insect safari in search of their winter homes. Learn about insect ‘antifreeze’ and how to identify eggs and cocoons. Dress for wintery walking conditions – boots are recommended
Winter Exploration Geocache EventSaturday, 1:30-3:30PM; Adults and Families; Fee: $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 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.
In Search of Owls – Presentation & Night HikeFriday, 7:00-8:30PM; Adults and Families (children 6yo+); Fee per person: $10M/$15NM
Begin the evening indoors with a presentation by Teacher-Naturalist Allison Jackson, who will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage.
Maple Tree Tapping TimeThursday, 12:00-12:45PM;Families; Fee: $3 per person
Help the Teacher-Naturalists get ready for maple sugaring season 2014! 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.
Groundhog Day CelebrationSaturday, 1:00-3:00PM; Families; Fee: $5 per person
We will celebrate Groundhog Day at the Watershed Reserve by visiting several groundhog burrows and learning about the natural history of these furry weather forecasters. If the weather allows, we’ll play a game about hibernation. After the hike, warm up by our fire, enjoy a warm beverage and make a Groundhog Day craft! Program is co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society
In Search of Owls – Presentation & Night HikeSaturday, 7:00-8:30PM; Adults and Families (children 6yo+); Fee per person: $10M/$15NM
Presentation and hike led by Education Director Jeff Hoagland, see description of January 17.
The Life of Trees: Painting & Sculpting WorkshopSaturday, 10:00AM – 3:30PM; Adults; Fee per person: $45M/$60NM
Explore how trees have been a central theme in artwork over the ages. Susan Hoenig, instructor at the Arts Council of Princeton, will lead an all-day mixed media workshop. Participants will be instructed on how to create 2D and 3D depictions of trees, as well as guided on a short hike of the Watershed Reserve trails with a Naturalist and introduced to the maple syrup production process undertaken every winter. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or call 609-924-8777.
Animal Tracks, Trails and TalesSaturday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM; Families & Adults; Fee per person: $7M/$10NM includes plaster animal cast
Explore the fields and forests of the Watershed Reserve with Teacher-Naturalist Tammy Love, in search of animal tracks and trails. Learn about tracks and track patterns and read the stories they tell. Discover animal homes and hideaways and make your own plaster cast to take home. Dress for wintery walking conditions – boots are recommended.
Maple Sugar MemoriesSaturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM and 1:30-3:00PM; Families; Fee per family: $10M/$15NM
Bring your family to the Watershed Reserve to enjoy the maple syrup made on site this year! After a short walk to visit our tapped trees and the ‘evaporation station’, take our maple syrup taste test challenge and warm yourself by our fire. Come dressed for wintery weather; boots recommended; 2 sessions offered.
Woodcock WatchFriday, 6:00-7:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), $5 per person
Discover the local harbinger of spring, the woodcock, on a short hike on the Watershed Reserve trails with Education Director Jeff Hoagland. Join Jeff at dusk as we watch and learn more about their spring courtship dance and fascinating life. This hike is co-sponsored by the Washington Crossing Audubon Society.
Pysanky – Ukrainian Egg DecoratingSaturday, 10:00AM – 2:00PM; Adults; Fee per person: $50M/$60NM
The preparation of Pysanky, traditional decorated Easter eggs, is a centuries-old art form that uses a wax-resist process similar to batik. Through successive applications of wax and dye, a plain white egg is transformed into a multicolored gem! Learn this ancient Ukrainian craft from Arts Council of Princeton instructor Ruth Councell at the Watershed Reserve. Workshop also includes a Naturalist-led hike on the Watershed trails for artistic inspiration. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or call 609-924-8777.
2014 Watershed Nature Camp Open House!Saturday, 2:00–4:00PM; Families; FREE
Summer is just around the corner! Kids aged 3-16 and their families can meet Camp Director Tammy Love, learn about our camp and register for this summer! Registration for Open House is not required. Additional Open Houses held on April 12 and May 17.
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Saturday, 9:00-11:00AM, Older teens - adults, $5 per person
Join Jeff for a morning hike on the Watershed Reserve trails in search of wintering birds. Bring binoculars and dress for possibly muddy or snowy trail conditions. Registration is required. This hike is co-sponsored by the Washington Crossing Audubon Society.
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