Family & Adult Programs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Watershed Center is closed on November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. #OptOutside with us on the Watershed Reserve – Friday, November 25th. We’re OPEN!
Out There: Voices from the Wild Reading GroupWednesday, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults only, $10M/$15NM
Facilitator Jeff Hoagland invites you to enjoy this unique and relaxed reading group in exploring the wide and varied terrain of nature writing, wildness and wilderness. Each month, readers will receive some poems and prose focused on a specific topic. Readers will also explore the broader literary world seeking additional works on this topic to share in our lively and entertaining discussion. Expect new insights into both the creative and natural worlds. Registration required. November topic – Skies. Light refreshments provided.
Fall Tiny Tot WalkThursday, 10:30-11:30AM, children 18-36 months, Class fee per child: $8M/$12NM
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 is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult.
Winter Bird WalkSaturday, 8:00-10:00AM, 15yo – Adult, Free
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.
Holiday Open HouseSaturday, 1:00-4:00PM, Adults and Families, Free
Drop in to celebrate the upcoming holidays with the SBMWA Staff! Informal tours of the Watershed Center, nature walks and simple children’s crafts available. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and receive 20% off your purchases. Registration for Open House is not required.
First Sunday Films at the Watershed offers an opportunity to bring people together to learn and talk about important and timely topics related to water, the environment and sustainability. Movie goers are treated to free organic, locally sourced popcorn and invited to explore the Watershed Center and Reserve before and after the film. No registration required! Click to see a list of upcoming films!
Lunch & LearnMonday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, $5 per child
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. 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!
Take a Walk on the Wild SideWednesday, 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. Registration required.
Candle Making WorkshopSaturday, 1:00-3:00PM, 8yo – Adult, $10M/$15NM
Celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice and the return of the light by making candles with the Teacher-Naturalists! We will create hand-dipped candles and sand candles. Learn how to shape candles and add embellishments, then go home with your unique handmade gifts!
Happy New Year!
Welcome Winter Walk in PrincetonSaturday, 9:30-11:30AM, Adults and Families (children 5yo+), Free
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, learn where animals store food and how they survive the season’s relentless chill. If weather permits, we will play the ‘Hibernation Game’. Dress warmly, boots are recommended. This hike does not take place on the Watershed Reserve.
January 9, 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.
In Search of Owls IFriday, 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. Two additional owl hikes on February 10 and 11. Sign up for only one date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.