Watershed Nature Camp

Welcome to Watershed Nature Camp

Your child will experience nature every day and return home brimming with stories. On a typical summer day, our campers venture into the woods to explore under logs, out into the meadow to catch butterflies, or down to the stream to explore watery worlds. Led by our amazing staff, our campers enjoy fresh air, make new friends, and receive a healthy dose of adventure. While our offerings vary in each camp week, our underlying values are threaded through each day.

For this year’s WNC, we still have openings for 7 – 9th graders. 


At Watershed Nature Camp, we believe that every child deserves a chance to experience a summer exploring the outdoors with their peers. In everything we do, we uphold and instill these values: We respect the land, the plants, the animals, the people, and ourselves.

The Watershed Center and Reserve

Campers will spend the majority of their time exploring our 950-acre Watershed Reserve of fields, forests, trails, ponds, and streams. They will also have access to the exhibits and critters inside the nature center. The Watershed Institute is dedicated to keeping Central New Jersey’s water clean, safe, and healthy.

Registration for Summer 2022 will open on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for members and Tuesday, Jan. 25 for non-members of The Watershed Institute. Consider becoming a member!

Counselor-In-Training Program (CIT)

Watershed Nature Camp is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work with all ages of nature campers. CITs will engage with campers during hikes and games and work as a team with staff Counselors to fulfill the goals and values of Watershed Nature Camp. Volunteers must be 15 years old by June 13, 2022, to apply. Check back here after January 31, 2022 for applications to be a Counselor-in-Training. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Financial Aid

The Watershed Nature Camp is pleased to offer a limited number of full and partial (75%, 50%, or 25%) scholarships for the 2022 camp season. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and expressed desire of the camper for an all outdoor, nature-themed camp experience. 

Complete an application form separately for each child you wish to apply. Applications will be posted on January 18, 2022, and are due by Monday, May 16, 2022, or on a first-come, first-served basis until all scholarship funds are dispersed. Families who receive scholarships will be accepted and notified on a rolling basis. Scholarships are available for up to 4 weeks of camp.


“Our kids learned so much and had such a great time getting dirty and being kids!”

“The Watershed Nature Camp is an opportunity for kids to do exactly what they are supposed to do in summertime: play outdoors and explore nature.” 

“My children enjoyed the experience of learning about nature hands on. They loved being able to touch, feel, and smell the world they live in.”

“Our son gained an appreciation for the world around him and was encouraged to explore and use his imagination!”

“Clearly, your staff truly love what they do and it makes all the difference in the world!”

Watershed Academy for High School Students

For families with high school students, please explore the immersive, weeklong courses in environmental science in Watershed Academy.

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