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Fall Programs & Events 2020

The Watershed Institute has fall offerings of safe, in-person outdoor programs for families. Our hands-on activities are guided by our Watershed educators and are geared for all ages, including preschool, school age, teens, and adults.

Discover night wildlife, hike along the Watershed Reserve, splash in the Stony Brook, hear campfire tales, be bedazzled by the night sky.

Nov. 20: In-person Activity 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Campfire Storytelling – Nov. 20

Step away from the screen, take a short hike, and listen to our storytellers spin yarns from several cultures. Spark your imagination with stories both funny and poignant. Roast a marshmallow as you listen to stories from far and near.

Ages 6 and up. Dress for the weather of the day. Bring a flashlight and a sit-upon or blanket if desired. Masks, social distancing and adult attendance required.

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Nov. 21 - Virtual 10 - 11 a.m.

Corn Husk Dolls – Nov. 21

Modern technology meets an old fashioned pastime for this fun autumn craft. Learn how children of the past made dolls and other toys out of corn husks. Pick up your kit of supplies from the Watershed Institute and then join us for a virtual crafting session on November 21 where Watershed Educators will show you how to transform your corn husks into dolls.

Kits are limited, so order yours today! For ages 10 and up. The crafting lesson with our Watershed Educators will be held via Zoom.

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Pick Up Dates and Times:

  • Purchase your kit and select a 30-minute window pick up time at The Watershed Center:
    • Saturday, November 14 between 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Friday, November 20 between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
      If you cannot pick up your kit during the two dates offered above, please contact: [email protected]
Nov. 21: In-person Activity 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding – Nov. 21

Learn about Northern Saw-whet Owls with Tyler Christensen, an ornithologist with the Wild Bird Research Group who has done research at the Watershed Reserve for years. He will discuss this tiny predator, what researchers have learned and efforts to conserve their habitat before leading the group on an outing. Ages 8+. Adult attendance required.

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Nov. 21: In-person Activity 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding – Nov. 21

Learn about Northern Saw-whet Owls with Tyler Christensen, an ornithologist with the Wild Bird Research Group who has done research at the Watershed Reserve for years. He will discuss this tiny predator, what researchers have learned and efforts to conserve their habitat before leading the group on an outing. Ages 8+. Adult attendance required.

Register Here!

Dec. 4 - In-person Activity 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Night Hike – Dec. 4

Hike the trails on the Watershed Reserve at night. Guided by Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky, you will use your senses to explore the world around you once the sun disappears!

Ages 8 and up. Dress for the weather of the day. Bring a flashlight. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required.

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Dec. 12 - In-person Activity 9 - 11 a.m.

Winter Bird Walk – Dec. 12

Join Director of Education, Jeff Hoagland on this annual hike in search of wintering birds on the Watershed Reserve. Bring binoculars and dress for walking outdoors. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society. Ages 12+. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required.

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Nov. 24: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Nature’s Recycling Helpers: Nov. 24

Join us to learn about the important organisms that recycle materials and help nature to reuse them! Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky and Intern Anna Stunkel will lead the class. Our weekly preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Dec. 1 - Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Shapes in Nature: Dec. 1

Let’s talk about shapes and look for them in the natural world! Our weekly preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky and Intern Anna Stunkel will lead the class. Our weekly preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Dec. 8: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Discovering Nature With Senses: Dec. 8

As fall turns to winter, there are many exciting things to discover in nature. Join us as we explore the changing seasons using our five senses. This live session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky and Intern Anna Stunkel will lead the class. Our weekly preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Dec. 15: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Winter Wildlife Theater: Dec. 15

Join us for a puppet show and other fun activities as we learn about how animals prepare for winter and survive in the cold and snow. This live session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky and Intern Anna Stunkel will lead the class. Our weekly preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

Register Here

Dec. 11 - Virtual Activity 7 - 8 p.m.

Natural Holiday Delights & Drinks – Dec. 11

Get into the holiday spirit and sip an adult beverage as you fashion tiny holiday treasures and gifts from natural materials. Pick up your kit of supplies from the Watershed Institute and then join us for a virtual crafting session and happy hour on December 11 where Watershed Educators will show you how to transform your kit supplies into festive holiday crafts.

Kits are limited, so order yours today! For ages 21 and up. Crafting lesson and happy hour with Watershed Educators will be held via Zoom.

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Monday, Nov. 2 & Wednesday Nov. 5 – Friday, Nov. 6: Virtual Various morning and afternoon sessions

Watershed Conference – Early November

The Watershed Institute’s 4th Annual Watershed Conference, which takes place online in the first week of November, will focus on climate change and it’s impact on water.

Ben Strauss, the CEO and Chief Scientist of Climate Central, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. He will share the oldest stories in history to illustrate what climate change means for humanity. Water quality can be directly impacted by climate change in a number of ways, most notably increased polluted stormwater runoff and warmer stream temperatures. Expert speakers will discuss the regional impacts, sea-level rise, environmental justice, and more.

The Annual Watershed Conference is an educational and networking event that gives people an opportunity to advance knowledge and communications on the health of watersheds in our state.

Learn More & Register Here!

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