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Spring Programs & Events 2021

The Watershed Institute has spring 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.

Join us for outdoor painting, explore vernal pools, hear campfire tales and more!

April 16: In-person activity 8-9:30 p.m.

Frog Slog Friday: April 16

Enter the nocturnal world of frogs as we explore the dark, wet trails of the Watershed Reserve with Jeff Hoagland, Education Director, and Watershed Education Intern Kate Hode. Serenaded by spring peepers along the way, we will visit some vernal pools to meet some early tadpoles. At our final stop along the trail, we will search for our spring peeper friends. Ages 6 and up. In-person program. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required.

Register Here

April 20: Virtual 6 - 7 p.m.

Spring Phenology – A Haiku Celebration: April 20

At Hopewell Valley’s inaugural Green Week (April 18-24) where the community can rally around environmental justice and sustainability, join Watershed Institute Education Director and award-winning haiku poet, Jeff Hoagland, for a unique and educational look at the springtime rhythms or sequences of nature’s calendar. Scientists call this phenology. Through presentations and discussions, Jeff will share his insight, some photos, and lots of fascinating information on the lives of some of our favorite plant and animal neighbors.

Virtual via Zoom.

April 30: In-person activity 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Campfire Storytelling: April 30

Take a walk to our fire ring, gather around, and let our storytellers spark your imagination with tales from around the world. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy an evening of stories from near and far. Ages 5 and up. Dress for the weather. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount is available for members.

Register Here

May 15: In-person Activity 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Springtime Watercolors: May 15

Springtime is here! Come join Watershed Educator Yesenia Feliciano and Watershed Volunteer Karen Repka for a watercolor painting session at the Watershed Reserve. We’ll walk the property and visit the many plants and animals that come back in spring to find inspiration for our paintings.  Ages 12 and up.  Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

Register Here

May 21: In-person activity 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Campfire Storytelling: May 21

Take a walk to our fire ring, gather around, and let our storytellers spark your imagination with tales from around the world. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy an evening of stories from near and far. Ages 5 and up. Dress for the weather. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount is available for members.

Register Here

May 22: In-person activity 10 a.m. - noon

Family Exploration on the Stony Brook Trail: May 22

Join us on a hike to explore the Stony Brook as it winds through the Watershed Reserve. By focusing on seasonal ecology, we will learn about a variety of plants and animals that live at the Watershed Reserve. Ages 8 and up. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

Register Here

April 13: In-person activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spring Winds: April 13

Let’s discover ways people, plants, and animals use wind and how the movement of wind affects animals and plants. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky in person at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

Register Here

 

April 20: In-person Activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dandy Dandelions: April 20

Learn to identify dandelions in nature, discover the characteristics of dandelions that help them survive, and study the different stages of a dandelion’s life. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. The class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

REGISTER HERE

April 27: In-person activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Wiggly Worms: April 27

Let’s dig down to learn about these interesting creatures. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky in person at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

Register Here

May 4: In-person Activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spring Green: May 4

Join us as we welcome the signs of Spring and learn about the color green. Our virtual 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-5. Virtual event via Zoom. Discount available for members. 

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May 11: In-person activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Fairies Under the Mayapples: May 11

What magical fairies or interesting animals will we find under the Mayapples? Join us and learn to use your observation skills to identify mayapple and other wildflowers, and learn their importance to animals and fairies that inhabit the forest. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky in person at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

Register Here

May 18: In-person Activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

One Bird, Two Bird, Red Bird, Blue Bird: May 18

Chirp, tweet tweet, and caw! Discover the different colors, calls, and behaviors of birds. Our virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-5. Virtual event via Zoom. Discount available for members.

Register Here

May 25: In-person activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Animal Aerobics: May 25

Walk like an animal as we get some exercise and learn how animals move their bodies. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

June 1: In-person activity 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Frogs and Toads: June 1

Jump for joy! Learn about the life cycle of frogs and toads as we explore Wargo Pond. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

Register Here

 

June 8: In-person activity 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Meet the Beatles: June 8

Use sweep nets, bug boxes, and your senses to learn what beetles are and what makes them different from other bugs. Join Watershed Educator Alison Novobilsky at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. Ages 3-5. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

June 15: In-person Activity 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Furs, Feather, Skin: June 15

Why do animals have different skins and how do those variations help them survive? Join us as we explore the differences between fur, feathers, and scales. Our virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-5. Virtual event via Zoom. Discount available for members.

Register Here

April 15: Virtual 7 - 8:15 p.m.

Nature In Literature: April 15

Explore the wild and varied terrain of nature writing with Director of Education Jeff Hoagland. In this relaxed virtual book club, we will focus on some distinct voices and locations, new and old. Join us for one session or sign up for all four. April’s discussion will focus on The Overstory by Richard Powers.

Register Here

April 20: Virtual 6 - 7 p.m.

Spring Phenology – A Haiku Celebration: April 20

At Hopewell Valley’s inaugural Green Week (April 18-24) where the community can rally around environmental justice and sustainability, join Watershed Institute Education Director and award-winning haiku poet, Jeff Hoagland, for a unique and educational look at the springtime rhythms or sequences of nature’s calendar. Scientists call this phenology. Through presentations and discussions, Jeff will share his insight, some photos, and lots of fascinating information on the lives of some of our favorite plant and animal neighbors.

Virtual via Zoom.

May 1: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Lichens: May 1

What do pixie cups, British soldiers, hammered shields, tree flutes, and star-tipped reindeer have in common? They’re all varieties of lichen! Join Assistant Director of Education Pat Heaney and Watershed Educator Vicky Allen to learn about these amazing symbiotic life forms with their wonderful, poetic names! Use magnifiers to get a closer look at their structure and function, study the variety of shapes and color, and try to identify some common species.

If you have a 10x magnifying glass or magnifying loupe, feel free to bring it. Ages 12 and up. Dress for the weather. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

Register Here

May 6: Virtual 7 - 8:15 p.m.

Nature in Literature: May 6

Explore the wild and varied terrain of nature writing with Director of Education Jeff Hoagland. In this relaxed virtual book club, we will focus on some distinct voices and locations, new and old. Join us for one session or sign up for all four. May’s discussion will focus on Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World edited by Kathryn Aslto.

Register Here

June 10: Virtual 7 - 8:15 p.m.

Nature In Literature: June 10

Explore the wild and varied terrain of nature writing with Director of Education Jeff Hoagland. In this relaxed virtual book club, we will focus on some distinct voices and locations, new and old. Join us for one session or sign up for all four. June’s discussion will focus on The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman.

Register Here

 

April 13: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Clouds, Fog and Precipitation: April 13

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on clouds, fog, and precipitation. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Register Here

April 20: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Seasons, Global Weather Patterns & More: April 20

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on global weather patterns, seasons, and climate vs. weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Register Here

 

April 27: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Weather-Related Disasters: April 27

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science. 

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. 

This class is scheduled to focus on weather-related disasters. If you want to confirm the topic, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount is available for members.

Register Here

May 4: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Global Climate Change: May 4

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class.

This class is scheduled to focus on global climate change. If you want to confirm the topic, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount is available for members.

REGISTER HERE

May 11: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Animals in Weather: May 11

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on how animals fare and adapt to all types of weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

May 18: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Plants in Weather: May 18

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on plants in the weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

May 25: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

People in Weather: May 25

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on people in weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

April 13: In-person activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Clouds, Fog and Precipitation: April 13

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on clouds, fog, and precipitation. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Register Here

 

April 20: In-person activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Seasons, Global Weather Patterns & More: April 20

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on global weather patterns, seasons, and climate vs. weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]shed.org

Register Here

 

April 27: In-person activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Weather-Related Disasters: April 27

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science. 

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. 

This class is scheduled to focus on weather-related disasters. If you want to confirm the topic, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount is available for members.

Register Here

May 4: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Global Climate Change: May 4

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class.

This class is scheduled to focus on global climate change. If you want to confirm the topic, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount is available for members.

REGISTER HERE

May 11: In-person activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Animals in Weather: May 11

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on how animals fare and adapt to all types of weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

May 18: In-person activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Plants in Weather: May 18

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on plants in the weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

May 25: In-person activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*People in Weather: May 25

Learn about the science of meteorology, and how people, plants, and animals adapt to changes in both weather and climate. Become a meteorologist as you observe the instruments, record the weather conditions, examine the clouds, and make your predictions for the week. Come learn alongside your child about the science of weather and climate. Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series on weather and climate science.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney will teach participants outside in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

This class is scheduled to focus on people in weather. If you want to confirm, please contact Education Manager Ellen Gallos at [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

April 17 & 24, and Virtual Various times and locations

Stream Cleanups 2021

Stream cleanups are back and in-person once again this spring! With a few small changes, we are able to gather safely to clean up our communities and make our Watershed a healthier and more beautiful environment.

A new addition this year – pre-registration is required! The state mandates the size of outdoor gatherings, so cleanup participation is limited. Click on the time slots below each municipality to register.

More Information Here

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