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Family & Adult Programs

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:

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.

  • June 11

    Picnic at the Pond

    Saturday, 3:00-4:30PM, Families, Free

    Participate in the annual Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play weekend. Meet us at Wargo Pond for a hike, roasted hotdogs and s’mores around a campfire! What a great way to celebrate the approach of summer. Registration required.

  • June 18

    Secret Lives of Birds

    Saturday, 8:30-10:30AM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Free

    Perfect for seasoned bird watchers and newcomers alike, this walk with Naturalist Tyler Christensen offers an up close and personal look at birds. Watch foraging behavior, observe family life, and learn about mist-netting and bird banding techniques. Binoculars will be available for use in this program. Registration required. This hike is co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

  • June 18

    Hopewell Community Day Festival & Block Party

    Saturday, 4:00-8:00PM, Families, Free

    Look for the SBMWA Staff as you enjoy a fun afternoon with your friends and neighbors to celebrate Hopewell Borough’s 125th anniversary. Held at St. Michael’s Preserve in Hopewell, the festival will include music, food, games, guided walks and a German-style beer garden.

  • June 25

    Summer Solstice Open House & Butterfly House Opening

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 1:00PM, Adults and Families, Free

    Celebrate the start of summer on the Reserve with the opening of the Butterfly House for the season, hikes and informal tours of the Watershed Center. The Nature Shop is also offering 20% off your purchases this day! Registration not required.

  • June 25-26

    Great American Camp-Out on the Reserve

    Saturday, 4:00PM – Sunday, 10:00AM, Families, Fee per family: $50M/$60NM

    Pitch a tent and campout for wildlife! The Great American Camp-Out celebrates camping as a terrific way to connect people with nature and wildlife. Experienced SBMWA Teacher-Naturalists and camping staff will be present to help you enjoy the wild outdoors over the weekend in so many ways. Hiking, scavenger hunts, cooking over a campfire, s’mores and storytelling – we’ve got something planned for everyone! Not an experienced camping family? No problem…spread your sleeping bags out on the floor of the Watershed Center and sleep near our critters! Registration and pre-payment required. Fee includes activities, snacks and Sunday breakfast. Families provide their own Saturday dinner – communal cooking fire and/or grill will be available. Registration and prepayment required.

  • June 27

    Lunch & Learn

    Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families (children 5-10yo), $5 per child

    Pack a picnic lunch and head over to the Watershed Center for a lesson on a seasonal topic with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. We always head outside for a hands-on exploration, so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Adults must stay with children. Drop-ins welcome.

  • June 29

    Summer Tiny Tot Walk

    Wednesday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $7M/$10NM

    Here comes summer and let’s head outside with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson! Experience nature with your toddler as Miss Allison shares stories, simple crafts and a short outdoor exploration. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

  • June 29

    Exploring the Night: Fireflies

    Wednesday, 8:00PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+); Fee per person: $8M/$12NM

    Enjoy “nature’s fireworks” with Jeff Hoagland on the Watershed Reserve and learn how to communicate with the fireflies! Discover the secret lives of the lightning bug, from glowworm to adult, and meet a variety of species, identifying them by their different flash patterns. Registration required.

  • July – August

    Summer Preschool Nature Classes

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM each day; Weekly topics, choose one day. Class fee per child: $10M/$15NM. Register and pre-pay for 5 classes, receive the 6th class free.

    Children 3-5 years old learn about nature while exploring the out-of-doors with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson and Teacher-Naturalist Alison Novobilsky. Each class includes outdoor exploration, stories and simple crafts. A parent must stay with any child younger than 4. Registration required – sign up for individual classes or save when you register and pay for entire 6-class series! Visit the Preschool page for dates and topics.

  • July 6

    Exploring the Stony Brook at Greenway Meadows

    Wednesday, 5:30-8:30PM, Families, $5 per person

    Join Jeff Hoagland for a family picnic and stream exploration of the Stony Brook on the property of D&R Greenway Land Trust. Bring your picnic dinner to enjoy on the terrace (drinks and dessert provided) and then join Jeff for an exploration of the brook! Bring shoes for walking in shallow water. This program does not meet on the Watershed Reserve. RSVP by calling 609-924-4646 or rsvp@drgreenway.org.

  • July 9

    Great Stream Exploration: Kunkel Park

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, Free

    Join us at Kunkel Park in Pennington (off of King George Road) for an exploration of life in and around the Stony Brook. Expect to meet a variety of creatures including salamanders, frogs and aquatic insects. Wear old sneakers for wading and bring a water bottle. We’ll bring the nets! Registration required. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

  • July 9

    Nocturnal Geocache Adventure!

    Saturday, 8:00-10:30PM; Adults only, Suggested donation per person: $10

    Enjoy the fun of geocaching under the stars! Use your GPS and flashlight to navigate through the night to our rendezvous around a fire for some summer refreshments. Learn more and RSVP at www.geocaching.com, or call 609-737-7592. No pets or alcoholic beverages, adults only.

  • July 11

    Butterfly House Tour

    Monday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join one of our Teacher-Naturalists for a guided tour of the butterfly house. Bring your camera and a water bottle. The Watershed Center and butterfly house are handicap-accessible. If time allows, we will head into the fields to try our hand at catching butterflies with nets. Registration suggested, drop-ins welcome.

  • July 11

    Lunch & Learn

    Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families (children 5-10yo), $5 per child

    Pack a picnic lunch and head over to the Watershed Center for a lesson on a seasonal topic with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. We always head outside for a hands-on exploration, so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Adults must stay with children. Drop-ins welcome.

  • July 13

    Exploring the Night: Bat Watch

    Wednesday, 8:00PM; Adults and Families (children 5yo+); Fee per person: $5M/$8NM

    Join nocturnal naturalist Jeff Hoagland for an evening investigation of the world of bats, including a bat count of one of the colonies that resides on the Watershed Reserve. Registration requested.

  • July 16

    Shibori Dyeing Workshop

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 4:30PM, 15yo – Adult, $105M/$130NM

    A full-day workshop at the Watershed Center mastering scarf dyeing, Japanese patterning (shibori), discharge, turmeric dyeing and surface design, with master fiber artist Lian Sawires. No prior experience needed. Bring lunch and refillable water bottle. $35.00 material fee payable directly to the instructor. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

  • July 20

    Summer Tiny Tot Walk

    Wednesday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $7M/$10NM

    Here comes summer and let’s head outside with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson! Experience nature with your toddler as Miss Allison shares stories, simple crafts and a short outdoor exploration. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

  • July 20

    Butterfly House Tour

    Wednesday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join one of our Teacher-Naturalists for a guided tour of the butterfly house. Bring your camera and a water bottle. The Watershed Center and butterfly house are handicap-accessible. If time allows, we will head into the fields to try our hand at catching butterflies with nets. Registration suggested, drop-ins welcome.

  • July 22

    Butterfly Tea Party

    Friday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Families (children 3-10), Fee per child: $10M/$15NM

    Join the Teacher-Naturalists for a lesson about native butterflies and their life cycles. After a tour of the butterfly house, we will head into the fields to try to catch butterflies in our nets. Then return for a tea party of lemonade, sugar cookies and a story under our tent! Adults must stay with children. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

  • July 23

    Great Stream Exploration: Bessie Grover Park

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, Free

    Join us at Bessie Grover Memorial Park in Montgomery for an exploration of life in and around Rock Brook. Expect to meet a variety of creatures including salamanders, frogs and aquatic insects. Wear old sneakers for wading and bring a water bottle. We’ll bring the nets! Registration required. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

  • July 24

    Paint Out Princeton!

    Sunday, 10:00AM – 3:00PM, Adults, Free

    Join instructors from the Arts Council of Princeton and fellow water color artists for ‘art al fresco’ on the Watershed Reserve. Explore the changing effects of natural light as it bathes the grounds throughout the day. Email education@artscouncilofprinceton.org no later than July 20 to pre-register (required). Paint Out rain date is Sunday, July 31.

  • July 25

    Butterfly House Tour

    Monday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join one of our Teacher-Naturalists for a guided tour of the butterfly house. Bring your camera and a water bottle. The Watershed Center and butterfly house are handicap-accessible. If time allows, we will head into the fields to try our hand at catching butterflies with nets. Registration suggested, drop-ins welcome.

  • July 30

    Fairy Festival

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 1:30PM, Families, $10 per person (under 3 years old free)

    Come to the Fairy Festival on the Watershed Reserve! Celebrate with the Rainbow Fairies, Woodland Fairies and Forest Elves…join them in a dance around the maypole, create magical crafts, construct villages along the Fairy Trail and play in the stream with the Water Sprites! Fairy finery and gnome haberdashery is strongly encouraged. Registration requested but not required.

  • July 30

    Moth Mania

    Saturday, 8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+); Fee per person: $10 M/$15NM

    Begin the evening by learning the differences between butterflies and moths, then venture into the night to ‘meet the moths’. Under the enthusiastic guidance of several moth specialists, we will utilize some ‘moth-ing’ equipment and techniques to discover a fascinating and colorful world hidden by night. Bring a flashlight. Registration required.

  • August 1

    Butterfly House Tour

    Monday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join one of our Teacher-Naturalists for a guided tour of the butterfly house. Bring your camera and a water bottle. The Watershed Center and butterfly house are handicap-accessible. If time allows, we will head into the fields to try our hand at catching butterflies with nets. Registration suggested, drop-ins welcome.

  • August 6

    Garden-inspired Books

    Saturday, 9:30AM – 4:00PM, 15yo – Adult, Fee: $75M/$100NM

    Learn to create pop-ups, tip-ins and sculptural inclusions to transform a blank book (supplied by Arts Council of Princeton instructor) into a unique journal or art object. Embellish your own altered book using botanicals gathered during a brief Naturalist-guided hike on the Reserve. Bring an Xacto knife and utility knife/box cutter, a metal ruler, pencil, erasers and sharpener and any dimensional objects (such as earrings, keys, knick-knacks, ticket stubs, stamps, decorative beads). Additional materials fee of $25 fee payable directly to instructor on day of workshop. Participants should bring a bag lunch, refillable water bottle and snack. Register directly at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

  • August 6

    Butterfly Tea Party

    Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Families (children 3-10), Fee per child: $10M/$15NM

    Join the Teacher-Naturalists for a lesson about native butterflies and their life cycles. After a tour of the butterfly house, we will head into the fields to try to catch butterflies in our nets. Then return for a tea party of lemonade, sugar cookies and a story under our tent! Adults must stay with children. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

  • August 8

    Butterfly House Tour

    Monday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join one of our Teacher-Naturalists for a guided tour of the butterfly house. Bring your camera and a water bottle. The Watershed Center and butterfly house are handicap-accessible. If time allows, we will head into the fields to try our hand at catching butterflies with nets. Registration suggested, drop-ins welcome.

  • August 8

    Lunch & Learn

    Monday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families (children 5-10yo), $5 per child

    Pack a picnic lunch and head over to the Watershed Center for a lesson on a seasonal topic with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. We always head outside for a hands-on exploration, so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Adults must stay with children. Drop-ins welcome.

  • August 10

    Summer Tiny Tot Walk

    Wednesday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $7M/$10NM

    Here comes summer and let’s head outside with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson! Experience nature with your toddler as Miss Allison shares stories, simple crafts and a short outdoor exploration. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

  • August 13

    Butterfly Festival: Celebrating the Swallowtail!

    Saturday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, Adults and Families, $25 per carload

    The Black Swallowtail was recently designated the official butterfly of New Jersey! This year’s festival features tours of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, nature hikes on the Reserve, live music, local food and artisans, an insect zoo, cool science enviro-zones, and a butterfly & bug parade for children. No pets or alcoholic beverages.

  • August 16

    Butterfly House Tour

    Tuesday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Adults and Families, $5 per person

    Join one of our Teacher-Naturalists for a guided tour of the butterfly house. Bring your camera and a water bottle. The Watershed Center and butterfly house are handicap-accessible. If time allows, we will head into the fields to try our hand at catching butterflies with nets. Registration suggested, drop-ins welcome. This is the final Naturalist-led tour of the Butterfly House for the summer. The house will remain open to the public 7 days a week, dawn to dusk, until late September.

  • August 17

    Butterfly Tea Party

    Wednesday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Families (children 3-10), Fee per child: $10M/$15NM

    Join the Teacher-Naturalists for a lesson about native butterflies and their life cycles. After a tour of the butterfly house, we will head into the fields to try to catch butterflies in our nets. Then return for a tea party of lemonade, sugar cookies and a story under our tent! Adults must stay with children. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

 
 

Events

Picnic at the Pond


Saturday, June 11, 3:00 - 4:30PM, Families, Free


Meet us at the Watershed Association pond for a hike around the pond and campfire with roasted hotdogs and s’mores! This event is in collaboration with Hopewell Valley 'Come Outside and Play'. Registration required, space limited.


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