Watershed Academy For High School Students

2023 Academy Session Dates

July 10 – 14: Stream Science

July 17 – 21: Forests and Water

July 24 – 28:  Freshwater Wetlands

July 31 – Aug. 4: Climate and Water with Princeton University's High Meadows Environmental Institute

Join Us In Summer 2023 

The Watershed Institute has been protecting the vital water resources of central New Jersey’s watersheds for more than 70 years. A key part of our mission has always been connecting people to their water sources and the environment.

The Watershed Academy for High School Students offers immersive environmental investigations on the Watershed Reserve. Each five-day session engages students in a world of science where they ask questions and identify problems, gain skills and knowledge, propose solutions, and learn about career opportunities. Students will get hands-on experience as they participate in ongoing scientific studies at the Watershed and learn how to help influence environmental policy in their own communities.

These experiences engage students in science and stewardship practices to elevate them into awareness, investigation, action, and leadership as they prepare to enter adult roles in their communities.

You can read more about the 2023 Sessions here. Academy registration is open! Click to register 

Watershed Academy for High School Students

Students in the academies have an opportunity to connect with the Watershed and its partners for relevant independent studies, internships, and service-learning credits.

Register for one week or all weeks! Discounts are available for Watershed members. Classes typically run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

If you would like to apply for financial aid, please complete the Watershed Academy Financial Aid application. Students who want to attend all five weeks of the academy will be given preference.

If you have any questions about the Watershed Academy for High School Students programs, please contact Assistant Director of Education Pat Heaney at [email protected] at (609) 737-3735 ext. 11

For registration help or questions, please contact Education Manager Anna Hill at [email protected] or at (609) 737-3735 ext. 42


What Do Students Say About Us?

“This (Stream Science Academy) taught me how to effectively analyze and present my data through a scientific poster. I also learned how to take and understand data about stream health.”

“The Academy experiences will benefit my future because know I have evidence of how the environment habitats are [influenced] by us humans.”

“We discussed important things that affect our day-to-day life and we can help make a change with this information.”

“Not only will my experience at the academy add to my resume, but it’ll show that I have an understanding of nature if I ever want to apply to more environmental programs.”

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