Teacher Programs

The Watershed Institute is proud to offer educator workshops throughout the year. Professional development services empower teachers to engage a wide range of learners. Workshops promote best science practices; use of hands-on, inquiry-based activities; and provide a deeper understanding of our environment while encompassing the Next Generation Science Standards.

In addition to our summer Watershed Science Teacher Academy in partnership with Princeton University, professional development includes pre-service workshops at local Universities and in-service workshops with area school districts. Additional workshops include environmental explorations for preschool educators and non-formal educators including scout leaders and parents of homeschooled children. Workshop facilitators are staff at The Watershed Institute and are registered by the New Jersey Department of Education as certified providers of professional development.

For more information on any professional development programs at The Watershed Institute, please contact Education Manager Tammy Love at tlove@thewatershed.org and (609) 737-3735 x42.

Explore additional professional development through our adult Language of Nature courses.


Lawrence Township public school teacher Jean Muzi, student Casey Kitchen, Education Director Jeff Hoagland, teacher Colleen Schantzer, student Samson King, Executive Director Jim Waltman and student Charlotte Lucky.  The teachers received the Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.

The Watershed Institute is searching for an area teacher to recognize with its annual Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Nominate a teacher – deadline March 1, 2019.


Science teachers investigated ways to use the Watershed’s classroom lessons for their own Next Generation Science Standards curricula.


Join us from July 23-27 at the Watershed Teacher Academy, a research-based partnership with Princeton University that offers invaluable experience for educators teaching kindergarten through high school.


The Language of Nature series for adults breathes new life into the environment around us.  It’s never too late to learn. Upcoming courses this spring include…

Downspout Planter-Stone

Downspout planters are landscaped planter boxes that capture rain water from the roof and function in a similar way as a rain garden but instead within a container.

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From moons to microscopes, dozens of families explored galactic-to-watery worlds at the recent Family Science Night at the Watershed.

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About two dozen students from the Cherry Hill East High School explored the Watershed Center’s green features.


Sonja Michaluk, 14, discovered her passion for streams and critters at a young age, and the Watershed has been a nurturing eddy where she’s developed her…


Hopewell Elementary School’s fifth graders recently visited the Watershed to collect evidence for environmental science lessons that align with Next Generation Science Standards.


Twelve Ewing High School science teachers and nine Fisher Middle School science teachers visit the Watershed to strengthen the integration of science…

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Sixth graders from John Witherspoon Middle School came to the Watershed for two days of hands-on science, exploration and team building.


The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association recently honored four watershed heroes at its inaugural River-Friendly certification ceremony at the Watershed Center.


Starting Monday, September 18, the Watershed is offering a course about Trees of New Jersey and their lives. The classes are part of the adult Language of Nature series…


Greg Hunter, a sixth grade science teacher at Timberlane MS has been named the inaugural Teacher-in-Residence at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.


Thirteen teachers from public and private schools in central New Jersey came to the Watershed this week for three days of training to help them align their curricula with the Next Generation Science Standards.


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Upcoming courses this fall include a focus on water ecology and life cycles of trees.


Science teachers! We invite you to join us for a research-based partnership with Princeton and Rider Universities. Learn from field-based experiments and data collection with scientists in …


Ever wonder about the wildflowers and plants you spot during strolls in the spring and early summer outdoors? Join Kate Lepis, Ph.D., an adjunct professor biology at Monmouth University for an…


A new concern is about to take center stage in Washington. Consternation that our national government is dismissing science, rejecting evidence-based decision-making, and…