Adult Education

Do you enjoy a walk in the woods, through meadows and along stream corridors? Thousands of people enjoy getting close to nature and understand the importance of preserving our natural areas. Yet most of us have had little opportunity to learn much about the wild creatures and plants that surround us. Think about how much richer your outdoor experience will be when you can identify birds, trees, plants or insects and understand how they relate to each other as well as to us.

Taught by faculty from local colleges and universities, our Learning the Language of Nature series will give you that knowledge.

Upcoming classes:

Please join us from 7:30 – 9 p.m. on six Thursday evenings starting Jan. 17 for our Literary Language of Nature series. Discover the wonderful readings of classic and contemporary nature prose and poetry.
Explore how writers from Genesis to modern times have captured the natural world, addressing their own time even as they transcend it. More than a reading group, this course will open your eyes to the varied terrain of nature in literature.
Instructed by Dr. Winifred Hughes Spar, Ph.D.


Please join us from 7:30 – 9 p.m. for six lectures starting Wednesday, March 13 and three Saturday field trips on this intensive and enlightening course returns for a fifth year! Get ready for the song of spring by learning about our feathered neighbors. Examine their evolution, morphology, and taxonomy, while discovering their behavior, habits and habitats. Identify bird neighbors on several field trips and learn about bird conservation.  Includes three Saturday morning field trips (Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, the Watershed Reserve, and Rogers Wildlife Refuge), the dates of which are subject to change based on weather.

Instructed by Luke K. Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, at The College of New Jersey.

All classes are held at Watershed Center in Hopewell Township. Field trips take place on the Watershed Reserve and at other natural sites around New Jersey. Enrollment is limited to 15 people per course.


There are no tests, papers, or projects. All that is required is interest and attendance. Students who complete four courses will earn a Citizen Naturalist certificate from the Watershed Association and a Watershed fleece vest.



Join us for weekly readings exploring the language of nature in poetry and prose.

citizen science symposium photo

Join us for a Citizen Scientist Symposium from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Watershed Center.


The Language of Nature series for adults breathes new life into the environment around us.  It’s never too late to learn. Upcoming courses this spring include…


Through reading some classic and contemporary nature prose and poetry, examine how writers from Genesis to modern times have captured the natural world…


Starting Monday, September 18, the Watershed is offering a course about Trees of New Jersey and their lives. The classes are part of the adult Language of Nature series…


Thirteen teachers from public and private schools in central New Jersey came to the Watershed this week for three days of training to help them align their curricula with the Next Generation Science Standards.


The American Institute for Architects (AIA) of New Jersey met at the Watershed Center for their East Coast Green conference focused on protecting the health…


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Upcoming courses this fall include a focus on water ecology and life cycles of trees.


Science teachers! We invite you to join us for a research-based partnership with Princeton and Rider Universities. Learn from field-based experiments and data collection with scientists in …


Ever wonder about the wildflowers and plants you spot during strolls in the spring and early summer outdoors? Join Kate Lepis, Ph.D., an adjunct professor biology at Monmouth University for an…