Environmental Programs

The Watershed serves more than 10,000 children, teens and adults through more than 300 education programs and events each year for schools, community groups and the general public. Our programs aim to increase environmental literacy, build awareness of environmental issues, inspire empathy for the natural world, and promote environmental stewardship. 

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Hundreds of Northern Saw-whet Owls have been banded in the fifth year of field research at the Watershed Reserve and Mercer Meadows.

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Pat Heaney, a Senior Educator at The Watershed Institute, will be honored with a Women & Wildlife awards from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

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The 2nd Annual New Jersey Watershed Conference brings stakeholders together on clean water issues.

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The Watershed Institute is collaborating on a two-day Green Infrastructure Certification with the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional organization.

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The Watershed Institute has developed a toolkit of class materials that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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As they head back to school, about 50 high school students explored climate change, field science, green architecture and clean water in the Watershed Science & Stewardship academies.

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Science teachers investigated ways to use the Watershed’s classroom lessons for their own Next Generation Science Standards curricula.

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From monitoring water to installing rain gardens and kayaking with campers, eight high school, college students and recent graduates interned at The Watershed Institute this summer.

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

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The Watershed Institute and NJ Spotlight are bringing experts to discuss stormwater utilities with elected officials and others involved in stormwater management.

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A watershed is an area of land that drains into a particular body of water, such as a stream, river, pond, or lake.

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When it rains, water is absorbed into the ground and recharges the aquifer. Because New Jersey is the most densely developed state in the nation, …

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The Princeton Parklet opened Saturday, featuring live music, free ice cream and displays of rain barrels and green roofs by The Watershed Institute.

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From touching a “slimy” green frog to measuring water temperature, about 50 students from Trenton Central High School visited The Watershed Institute …

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Join us from July 23-27 at the Watershed Teacher Academy, a research-based partnership with Princeton University that offers invaluable experience for educators teaching kindergarten through high school.

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Third graders from Wardlaw & Hartridge independent school in Edison, N.J., learned about the water cycle at the Watershed!

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Aliea Nallbani, 15, a junior at the George School, will build an underwater robot to help scientists at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association measure water quality.

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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…

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

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Downspout planters are landscaped planter boxes that capture rain water from the roof and function in a similar way as a rain garden but instead within a container.

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From moons to microscopes, dozens of families explored galactic-to-watery worlds at the recent Family Science Night at the Watershed.

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About two dozen students from the Cherry Hill East High School explored the Watershed Center’s green features.

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Hopewell Elementary School’s fifth graders recently visited the Watershed to collect evidence for environmental science lessons that align with Next Generation Science Standards.

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Twelve Ewing High School science teachers and nine Fisher Middle School science teachers visit the Watershed to strengthen the integration of science…

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“There is an art to science, and a science in art; the two are not enemies, but different aspects of the whole.” — ISAAC ASIMOV

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Sixth graders from John Witherspoon Middle School came to the Watershed for two days of hands-on science, exploration and team building.

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Join experts Dan Van Abs, Ph.D., and Scott Baxter-Green, for an informative discussion about your water supply and how our water gets treated and delivered.

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Can fashion save the planet? Find out by following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, Nov. 5th. Watch RIVERBLUE at the Watershed Center as he infiltrates one of the world’s most pollutive industries…

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Timberlane Middle School’s sixth graders visited the Watershed on Oct. 3-5 for daylong science explorations that involved creative thinking…

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Princeton University group helps remove invasive plants, erect deer fencing and explored the 950-acre Watershed Reserve as part of their community action activities.

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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…

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In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change…

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Greg Hunter, a sixth grade science teacher at Timberlane MS has been named the inaugural Teacher-in-Residence at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

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Thirteen teenagers recently explored sustainable design and green architecture at the Watershed Center, each creating a 12-square-foot building…

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The Watershed will feature free, hands-on activities showing the human impacts on water quality at the new “Pop In” space in downtown Princeton.

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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.

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From learning about rain barrels to GIS mapping, teenagers in the Watershed Science & Stewardship Academy assessed the health of the Stony Brook by measuring its nutrients …

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The Kate Gorrie Butterfly House has been fluttering with activity this summer 2017. Come visit and be sure register for an event before they fly away.

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Older campers and Counselors-in-Training joined younger campers at the Watershed Nature Camp this week on the newly expanded Watershed Reserve.

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The Watershed hosted the graduation ceremony for 19 AmeriCorps New Jersey Ambassadors with state environmental officials, mentors and family members …

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The Watershed Association is participating in the William Penn Foundation’s Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River with 22 other environmental centers…

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Around the globe, the warming atmosphere, land and oceans are causing fundamental changes to the water cycle and weather patterns. 

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Explore local streams and learn how to combat water pollution and flooding with Steve Tuorto, PhD, the Watershed’s Director of Science and Stewardship.

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“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.

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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 …

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Catching crayfish, mayfly nymphs and other critters in Stony Brook’s waters, playing lively rounds of Green Jeopardy and mapping transpiration, about 100 ninth graders from the Princeton Day School…

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Using virtual field trips, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is helping New Brunswick students learn about threats to clean water…

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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…

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On Sunday, an unusual event took place at the Stony Brook-­Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington. It was a climate conference presented for students, but also organized; to a large degree, by students.

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The Watershed’s first conference on Climate Change for High School Students was held on Sunday, April 23rd at the Watershed Center.

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A new concern is about to take center stage in Washington. Consternation that our national government is dismissing science, rejecting evidence-based decision-making, and…

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High school students are invited to join us for a conference on climate change at the Watershed Center on Sunday, April 23 from 1-5:30pm. The free conference is cosponsored by…

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You’d be excused for believing that natural gas is a “clean” fuel. After all, the oil and gas industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years on television…