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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!

May 8: Virtual and May 5 kit pickup 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Gardening With Rain Barrels: May 8

While the rainfall is plentiful now, in several months we’ll be eager for additional water for our vegetable and flower gardens. Capturing and reusing rainwater for your gardens using a rain barrel is an easy way of controlling stormwater and helping to reduce local flooding. Pick up your kit and join us for the virtual workshop for all the instructions you need to build, install and maintain a rain barrel.

The workshop requires some light use of tools and will be guided by Watershed staff. You will need the following tools at home to build the barrel: disposable gloves for applying silicone/caulk, and channel locks, or an 8- or 10-inch adjustable wrench.  The $50 registration fee includes all materials needed for the rain barrel, but you will need to acquire the tools listed above on your own prior to the build. The fee is per barrel, so groups of multiple people can build one barrel for $50. 

Register Here

Pick Up Date and Time Wednesday, May 5th, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Purchase your kit and select a 15-minute window pick up time at The Watershed Center: Wednesday, May 5th 6:30PM-8PM
If you cannot pick up your kit during the window offered above, please contact: [email protected]

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

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

May 8: Virtual and May 5 kit pickup 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Gardening With Rain Barrels: May 8

While the rainfall is plentiful now, in several months we’ll be eager for additional water for our vegetable and flower gardens. Capturing and reusing rainwater for your gardens using a rain barrel is an easy way of controlling stormwater and helping to reduce local flooding. Pick up your kit and join us for the virtual workshop for all the instructions you need to build, install and maintain a rain barrel.

The workshop requires some light use of tools and will be guided by Watershed staff. You will need the following tools at home to build the barrel: disposable gloves for applying silicone/caulk, and channel locks, or an 8- or 10-inch adjustable wrench.  The $50 registration fee includes all materials needed for the rain barrel, but you will need to acquire the tools listed above on your own prior to the build. The fee is per barrel, so groups of multiple people can build one barrel for $50. 

Register Here

Pick Up Date and Time Wednesday, May 5th, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Purchase your kit and select a 15-minute window pick up time at The Watershed Center: Wednesday, May 5th 6:30PM-8PM
If you cannot pick up your kit during the window offered above, please contact: [email protected]

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

 

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

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

June 20: In-person Activity or Virtual Staggered start times from 9 a.m.

Solstice Run – June 20

The annual Watershed Solstice Run celebrates the longest day of the year while raising money and awareness for clean water projects in central New Jersey. Join us in-person or virtually for 5K, 10K, and other race lengths.

Assemble a team to compete, race by yourself, or enjoy a relaxed walk/ run on the beautiful 950-acre Watershed Reserve.

Register Here!

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