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Summer Programs & Events 2021

The Watershed Institute has spring and summer 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 the butterfly house, wander Stony Brook hear campfire tales and more!

July 23: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Nature’s Colors: July 23

Discover the hidden colors in plants. We will take a walk together to collect leaves and petals and we will use them to dye wool. We will also hammer flower pieces to make beautiful pigment-painted bookmarks. You will be able to take home your lovely, colorful creations. Ages 3 and up.

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July 24: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Water Wheelies: July 24

Build a waterwheel! We’ll give you the materials and a basic design idea. Become an engineer as you design and assemble your own miniature waterwheel. After constructing your waterwheel, hike to the Stony Brook and test it out.  Ages 10 and up.

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

Great Stream Exploration: July 30

Join us at Bessie Grover Memorial Park in Montgomery for an exploration of life in and around the Rock Brook. Expect to meet a variety of creatures including salamanders, frogs and aquatic insects. Wear old sneakers for wading and bring a water bottle. We’ll bring the nets! Ages 5 and up.

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July 30: In-person activity 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Insect Orchestra Night Hike: July 30

Deep summer nights are alive with a rich and omnipresent orchestra of insects. Join Jeff Hoagland, Director of Education, for this hike to meet the members of this nocturnal orchestra, gaining an appreciation and understanding of the beauty and urgency of their musical presentations. Some of the performers may include the snowy tree cricket, ground crickets and bush crickets, the true katydid, the slightly musical conehead, and more!

Ages 6 and up. In-person program. Adult attendance required; masks and social distancing encouraged. Discount available for members.

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July 31: In-person activity 10 - noon

Stream ID: July 31

Have you ever wondered how scientists can tell if a stream is clean and safe? Join us to explore the Stony Brook and learn some techniques for water testing, collecting macroinvertebrates like mayflies, crayfish, and caddisflies to see if our stream is clean and healthy. Wear boots or water shoes for this program and be prepared to get wet! Ages 10 and up.

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

Water Wander – the Stony Brook: Aug. 13

Explore the world of water! Join us as we take a walk to the Stony Brook and visit some macroinvertebrates like mayflies, crayfish, and caddisflies. We will also learn to make art with water and clay. We will use nets and our hands to collect some of these creatures and return them back home into the stream. Wear your boots or water shoes and get ready for some fun in the water! Ages 5 and up.

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Aug. 14: In-person activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Outdoor Survival: Aug. 14

Can you build a shelter to weather a summer storm? Find out as we learn basic survival skills like building a fire, assembling a shelter, and basic first aid, and explore some survival scenarios. Ages 6 and up. 

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

Bugs & Beyond: Aug. 20

We have a world full of insects and bugs in the outdoors. Search for insects and bugs, learn the different species of insects that live in our meadows and how to catch and observe them up close. We will use bug nets, butterfly nets, and bug boxes to collect specimens. Ages 4 and up.

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July 27: In-person activity 10 - 11 a.m.

Beautiful Butterflies: July 27

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. Visit with our butterfly friends in the Butterfly House to learn about their life cycle and try to catch some in the meadow.

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Aug. 3: In-person activity 10- 11 a.m.

Sunny Summer, Cool Shade: Aug. 3

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.  We’ll do some fun experiments to understand the differences between sun and shade as we learn what some animals do to stay cool in the summer.

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Aug. 10: In-person activity 10 - 11 a.m.

Jumping Jewelweed: Aug. 10

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. Hike the reserve to find this lovely little flower, learn who else is looking for it, and what special powers it has.

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Aug. 17: In-person activity 10 - 11 a.m.

Animals Around the World: Aug. 17

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. Become world travelers to discover some animals from South America, Africa, and Australia.

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Thursday mornings from 7/1 - 8/26 10 - 11 a.m.

Butterfly House Tours

Join us for a guided tour of The Kate Gorrie Butterfly House to view and learn about local butterfly species. If time and weather allow, we will try catching wild butterflies in the field. Cameras welcome. Butterfly House Tours are held weekly on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. through the summer. Advance registration required. The Kate Gorrie Butterfly House is handicap-accessible, free, and open daily from dawn until dusk (mid-June through mid-September) except during a scheduled program or tour. All ages welcome, children under age 3 are free.

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Aug. 7: In-person Activity 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Butterfly Festival – Aug. 7

Join us on August 7 at our 21st annual Watershed Butterfly Festival – an in-person celebration of family fun to share the joys and wonders of nature. We are glad to be able to return to an in-person event and we look forward to seeing you.

The festival will be by advanced registration only this year. Due to Covid-19, space at the Butterfly Festival will be limited to 250 persons per session and our activities will be held in a safe manner. Sign up online for one of three available two-hour sessions, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m., and 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Everyone must pre-register and we won’t be able to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the festival. Price: $10 per person or $25 per carload (up to six people). Parking will be on-site at the Watershed Center.

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