Watershed Academy For High School Students

The Watershed Institute has been protecting the vital water resources of central New Jersey’s watersheds for over 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 presents four-day immersive environmental investigations on the Watershed Reserve. Each 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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Watershed Academies are limited to eight students per session. Most activities will be held outdoors and be socially distanced. We might, for short durations, make use of our laboratory in small groups while socially distanced. If indoors, students and staff will wear masks at all times.

The Watershed Center will be closed to the public during the day. 
Some experts might visit via video chat.

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 and for multi-week registrations. Scholarships are available for qualified individuals for each class. Classes typically run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day (depending on the duration of trips).

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] or at (609) 737-3735 ext. 11

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


What do students say about us?

“Each week provided an extensive amount of knowledge on what issues the world faces and the solutions we can implement on a local and then global scale. My favorite parts of the Academies were the times when I was exposed to new information I had never heard of before and the use of new technology and techniques of experimentation in the field.”
– Alexander Warden, Montgomery High School student
Climate Change, Field Science and Clean Water participant, 2018.

“I gained extensive knowledge about green infrastructure.”

“I learned so much about GIS, stormwater management, and a whole perspective on environmental careers.”

“This academy will help me to narrow down what type of career in environmental science I want to pursue.”

“I know I am on the right career path.”

If you would like to apply for a scholarship for an Academy week, please inquire prior to registration with Ellen Gallos, Education Manager, at [email protected], or at 609-737-3735, ext. 42.

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