The Watershed Center will reopen for weekend visitors beginning May 29 & 30, more than 14 months after the building was closed to the public because of the pandemic.
The Watershed Center features exhibits on the environment, climate change, water, and sustainability. There are several large displays with our resident critters, including turtles, snakes, fish, and more! Weekend hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and donations are welcomed!
“We are excited to welcome visitors back to the Watershed Center on weekends this summer,” said Jim Waltman, The Watershed Institute’s executive director. “Our staff, volunteers, exhibits, and animals are ready to re-engage with the public in a safe manner.”
Masks and social distancing will be required and cleaning protocols will be enhanced to promote safety.
The Watershed is offering several in-person programs, guided hikes, and events this spring. Some of these include:
At 2:00 pm on May 29, Patrick Harshbarger, a principal architectural historian at Hunter Research, will be leading a walking tour of the historic Andrew & Hannah Drake Farmstead, located east of the Watershed Center. Dating to the 18th century, the Drake Farmstead has been certified as eligible for listing on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places.
On June 20, the Watershed will hold its annual Solstice Run in both in-person and virtual formats for the 5k & 10K race, with staggered starting times to encourage social distancing on the trails. Registration is required for in-person and virtual runners. Learn more here.
The Watershed Center and trails will be closed on June 20 to allow for a safe Solstice Run.
Volunteers and staff recently spruced up the native plants and other features of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House for the seasonal opening for the public in June. Consider taking a tour with one of our educators and mark your calendar for the popular Watershed Butterfly Festival on Aug. 7.
Enjoy more than 10 miles of Watershed Reserve trails, which are open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. The Watershed’s trails explore a variety of habitats including wetlands, forests, meadows, and streams.
The Watershed Institute has worked to keep water clean, safe and since 1949. We protect and restore water and the natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. Consider becoming a member to receive exclusive benefits including discounts on programs and events.