These programs are designed for children 3-5 years old (parent must stay with child under 4yrs). Class always includes outdoor exploration, so children and adults should dress accordingly.
Fee per class: $10 member/$15 non-member
Register your child for individual classes or the entire series. When you register and pay ahead of time for multiple classes, you will receive one additional class FREE! See details for each season.
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30AM and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30PM; register for either day.
Classes fill up quickly, registration is required. Call 609-737-7592 to sign up.
Register and pay for 4 classes, receive a 5th class FREE.
November 11 and 12: Who? Owls! – Owls are one of the most intriguing predators of the night. In this program, we will discover what makes these nocturnal creatures such silent and efficient hunters. Wednesday class is FULL.
November 18 and 19: Oh Deer – Come with us as we look for signs of our majestic friend of the woods, the white-tailed deer. We will head out on the trails to discover what they eat, where they sleep and how to track them. We will prance around and wave our white tails as we learn about all the things deer need to survive.
November 25 and 26: Nuts to You – Let’s go nuts and have some fun! On a walk, we will discover and collect different types of seeds and find the plant that they come from. Afterwards, we will store our cache in a safe place for the animals of the forest. November 26 class CANCELED due to inclement weather.
December 2 and 3: Star Gazers – Up, up and away we go as we take a journey into the sky. We will learn about the planets, stars and the moon. Come join us as we blast off and hopefully not get lost in space!
December 9 and 10: Winter Wildlife Theater – Everyone is invited to a puppet show! Come see a show about how animals get ready for the upcoming cold season. We’ll go on a short hike and look for signs of animals who are getting ready for winter. Then we will all make a puppet to take home. December 10 class FULL, please register for Dec. 9.
Register and pay for 5 classes, receive a 6th class FREE.
January 6 and 7: Story Time Winter – Spend a wintry day with us listening to several nature stories. Bring a blanket to curl up with and a stuffed animal to hug. Children will also make crafts to accompany each story. As always we’ll have new stories and crafts to mark the New Year.
January 13 and 14: Tracks and Trails – Pull on your boots, and come explore the Watershed trails looking for the tracks and trails left by the animals that are active in this chilly season.
January 20 and 21: What’s in a Cone? – Where do pinecones come from? Are they all the same? Discover the wonders of pinecones and evergreens at this time of year. After a hike, we will make a pinecone craft.
January 27 and 28: Birds of Prey Play – Eagles, ravens and hawks are large majestic birds that all have some something in common. They are all raptors, or birds of prey. Come join us as we learn about these beautiful birds.
February 3 and 4: Groundhog’s Day – Join us to celebrate Groundhog’s Day at the Watershed. We’ll visit some groundhog homes and learn all about these furry creatures. We’ll even make a groundhog craft to take home.
February 10 and 11: Secret World of Rodents – In this program we will peek into the secret world of rodents and see what they eat, where they sleep, and what they do throughout the day.
No preschool classes the week of February 16
February 24 and 25: Sensible Senses – What does a tree smell like? How do our taste buds work? We’ll answer these questions and more as we touch, taste, smell, feel, and see our way through this program. Join us for an exploration of the senses.
March 3 and 4: Bears – Learn all about bears… what they look like, what they eat, play some bear-y good games, and find out what special things they are doing this time of year!
March 10 and 11: Reptiles are Fun – After listening to a story, the children will meet our resident reptiles, including snakes and turtles. A fun reptile craft will complete the program.
March 17 and 18: Spring Winds – Spring is in the air! Join us as we discover how plants, animals and people use the wind. Have fun seeing which way the wind blows by using bubbles and make a windsock to take home.
March 24 and 25: Super Seeds – Discover the variety of small packages that seeds come in. Take a hike on the trails searching for those super seeds, and make a craft to take home.
March 31 and April 1: Life under Water – Some animals spend their entire lives under water. In this program, we will learn what it takes to stay under water for a lifetime. We will also take a peek at some exotic creatures that call the deep sea their home.
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Saturday, January 10, 9:30 - 11:30AM, Adults and Families (children 5yo+), $5 pp
Join Jeff Hoagland at Mountain Lakes Preserve in Princeton for an early winter walk! Dress warmly, boots are recommended. This hike is co-sponsored by the Friends of Princeton Open Space.
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