Starting Monday, September 18, the Watershed is offering a course all about the trees of New Jersey. The classes are part of the Language of Nature series, developed to educate and inspire adults about the natural world. Each course consists of six weeknight classes and three Saturday morning field trips taught by faculty from local colleges and universities.
Six evening classes: Mon & Thurs *mix
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 18, 28 | Oct. 5, 16, 26 | Nov. 2
Three Saturday morning trips:
Oct. 14, 21 | Nov. 4
The Trees of New Jersey course is taught by Bill Brash, a retired director of Mercer County Soil Conservation. Bill holds a BSF in Forestry Management from West Virginia University and a Masters in Environmental Science from Montclair State College. He is a NJ Approved Consulting Forester, a NJ Certified Tree Expert, and a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.
Field sessions include trips on the Watershed Reserve, North Jersey Hardwood Forest, and the Pine Barrens. Topics range from tree identification and nomenclature to tree and shrub care. The class studies the forest ecosystem of soils, topography, and drainage in comparison with the home ecosystem of ornamentals. Discover how trees really grow and learn all about these important natural historians all around us.
All classes will be held at the Watershed Center in Hopewell; field trips will take place at the Watershed Reserve and other NJ sites. There will be no tests, papers or projects. All that is required is curiosity about the natural world. Enrollment is limited to 15 people per course. The cost is $245 for the full course or just $195 for Watershed Members.