Skip Social Gatherings, Not Nature

March 20th, 2020

The threat caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in a decision to close the Watershed Center to visitors and cancel, postpone, or deliver online all programs through mid-May.  We will review this policy periodically and will add updates on our website.

Given the government mandate not to gather in large groups, our World Water Day Festival, Flashlight Egg Hunt, Spring Mini Camp, and other programs will not take place this year. 

The combination of social distancing and a desire for family-friendly activities have The Watershed Institute staff brainstorming ways to engage you in nature and increase your appreciation of central New Jersey’s environment. So tune into our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as our website for ideas!

First off, we invite all geocachers and wannabes to explore our trails, meadows, and forests as you hunt for caches found in unexpected places on the Watershed Reserve (please wear gloves).

We have a link to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail from our parking lot and we think you’ll find the route beckons you to bike for miles. Remember to bring water and leave no trace.

We also have 10 miles of trails to enjoy for leisurely hikes, wading in the Stony Brook, bird watching and trail running. Be sure to tag @theh2oshed when you upload your images to Instagram. Our trails will remain available for your use and enjoyment from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. A temporary toilet is available near the bus pull-off area.

Research shows that spending just 20 minutes outside can reduce stress. And while you’re at it, explore more than trails by downloading the iNaturalist app and start identifying local trees, plants and wildlife.

We are developing games and activities that will be shared online and on social media in the future, so please be sure to check back here frequently.

If you have registered for a Watershed program, please email Education Manager Tammy Love at [email protected] for further information and to receive a refund.  Please consider donating some or all of your program fee to help us fulfill our mission to keep water clean, safe and healthy.

We are encouraging our staff, members and friends of the Watershed to review and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  for everyday precautions to reduce the spread of respiratory disease. Here is another CDC link to information on the virus.

As our work to keep water clean, safe and healthy continues, we are thankful for people who have been supporting each other during these troubling times.

We wish you and your family the best of health.






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