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Winter Programs & Events 2020-2021

The Watershed Institute has winter 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.

Discover night wildlife, hike along the Watershed Reserve, walk near the Stony Brook, hear campfire tales, be bedazzled by the night sky.

Jan. 6: Virtual & Jan. 8: In-person Activity 7 - 8 p.m.

In Search of Owls: Jan. 6 & Jan. 8

This two-part exploration of owls begins indoors from the comfort of your home with a Zoom presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls, and adaptations. On a following night, we will hike at the Watershed Reserve enjoying a winter night while searching for these nocturnal raptors.

  • Zoom Presentation- Wednesday, January 6 from 7 p.m. -7:45 p.m. 
  • Hike – Friday, January 8 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Ages 8 and up. In-person program. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 6: Virtual & Jan. 9: In-person Activity 7 - 8 p.m.

In Search of Owls: Jan. 6 & Jan. 9

This two-part exploration of owls begins indoors from the comfort of your home with a Zoom presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls, and adaptations. On a following night, we will hike at the Watershed Reserve enjoying a winter night while searching for these nocturnal raptors.

Zoom Presentation- Wednesday, January 6 from 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Hike – Saturday, January 9 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ages 8 and up.  Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 9: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Welcome Winter Walk: Jan. 9

Join Education Director, Jeff Hoagland on a morning walk at the Mountain Lakes Preserve in Princeton to explore the wonders of the natural world in winter. Discover the unique survival strategies of local plants and animals, learn where animals store food and how they survive the season’s relentless chill.

Dress warmly; boots are recommended. Presented in partnership with the Friends of Princeton Open Space and co-sponsored by the Washington Crossing Audubon Society. Ages 6 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required.

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Jan. 15: In-Person Activity 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Weaving Winter Tales: Jan. 15

Bundle up, gather around the fire, and let our storytellers spark your imagination with winter tales from around the world. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy an evening of stories outside the Watershed Center. Ages 5 and up. In-person program. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 24: In-person Activity 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Stony Brook in Winter: Jan. 24

Join us at the border of Lawrence and Princeton for an exploration of winter life in and around Stony Brook. Examine the dynamics of the water cycle, slowed due to ice, and learn about our clean water mission. We will visit the skunk cabbage patch and search for winter stoneflies, and learn about their means of survival. Ages 6 and up.  Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 30: In-person Activity Staggered start times from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

H2O Quest: Groundhog Day: Jan. 30

Explore the Watershed Reserve, map in hand, in search of clues to find Wally the Woodchuck. This program is part treasure hunt, part nature hike, and plenty of imaginative fun. Meet the naturalists, try your hand at chucking wood with a catapult or trebuchet, and search for groundhog holes on this festive winter morning.  Each group will remain together, practicing social distancing.  Dress for the weather and wear your hiking boots as we celebrate winter and look forward to the return of spring.

Ages 5 and up. In-person program. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 6: In-person Activity Staggered start times from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Maple Sugaring: Feb. 6

Join Pat Heaney, Assistant Director of Education, and discover the history, folklore, and science of maple sugaring. During this hour-long, outdoor program you will visit our maple trees, find out how we tap them using drills and spiles, and try a sample of sweet maple sugar. Ages 5 and up.  Dress for the weather of the day; wear your boots. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 13: In-person Activity Staggered start times from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Maple Sugaring: Feb. 13

Join Pat Heaney, Assistant Director of Education, and discover the history, folklore, and science of maple sugaring. During this hour-long, outdoor program you will visit our maple trees, find out how we tap them using drills and spiles, and try a sample of sweet maple sugar. Ages 5 and up.  Dress for the weather of the day; wear your boots. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 19: In-person Activity 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Campfire Storytelling: Feb. 19

Join us for the perfect cozy night to sit around the fire and listen to stories from near and far. Roast a marshmallow while our storytellers spin yarns both funny and touching. Our fire will take place near the Watershed Center. Ages 5 and up. In-person program. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 21: In-person Activity Staggered start times from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Maple Sugaring: Feb. 21

Join Pat Heaney, Assistant Director of Education, and discover the history, folklore, and science of maple sugaring. During this hour-long, outdoor program you will visit our maple trees, find out how we tap them using drills and spiles, and try a sample of sweet maple sugar. Ages 5 and up.  Dress for the weather of the day; wear your boots. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 6: In-person Activity 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Winter Fairy Festival: March 6

Winter fairies and friends gather together for some magical activities at the Watershed. We’ll build winter fairy cottages using natural materials, search for fairies hidden at each activity station using a scavenger hunt sheet, create fun crafts like bird feeders, snowflake ornaments, and play fairy games such as fairy ring toss and magic gem search. Bundle up in your winter fairy finery for this all outdoors event. Wings and wands encouraged! 

Ages 2 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 13: In-person Activity 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Treasure Hunt Geocachers: March 13

Join Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney for a treasure hunt using satellites! Learn how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and a compass to find hidden caches. Caches are containers hidden at specific GPS coordinates. Inside it is common to find small, tradable items like plastic bugs or dinosaurs. Use your new compass and GPS skills to explore the reserve and discover new locations during this multi-cache adventure! Ages 9 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 14: In-person Activity 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Treasure Hunt Geocachers: March 14

Join Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Pat Heaney for a treasure hunt using satellites! Learn how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and a compass to find hidden caches. Caches are containers hidden at specific GPS coordinates. Inside it is common to find small, tradable items like plastic bugs or dinosaurs. Use your new compass and GPS skills to explore the reserve and discover new locations during this multi-cache adventure! Ages 9 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 19: In-person Activity 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Start of Spring Storytelling: March 19

This weekend marks the vernal equinox, the first day of spring. Celebrate with a hike to our fire ring where our educators will tell stories about the spring and more. Roast a marshmallow as you lend an ear to stories from far and near. Wear your boots, it’s bound to be muddy! Ages 5 and up. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 27: In-person Activity 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Watercolors at the Watershed: March 27

Join Watershed Educator Yesenia Feliciano and explore the beauty of the Watershed Reserve as it transitions from winter to early spring using watercolors! Learn how to use simple watercolor paints and create art from what you observe. This event includes a short hike and time for painting the scenery. Painting materials will be provided. Ages 7 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 5: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Story Time Winter: Jan. 5

Cozy up and listen to our educators share their favorite winter stories and fun activities and crafts that go along with them.

Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Jan. 12: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Winter Preparations: Jan. 12

Meet our puppet characters and find out what animals do in winter. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Ages 3-5. Adult attendance required. Virtual event via Zoom. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 19: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

What’s In A Cone: Jan. 19

What’s in a cone? Learn what is so special about conifer trees and the creatures that call them their home.

Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Jan. 21: In-person Activity 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Birds: Jan 21

Join a 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. Let’s take a closer look at birds! What do they eat, how do they communicate, and where do they live? Together we will listen for bird calls, create a bird craft and explore the trails.  Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

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Jan. 26: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Birds of Prey Play: Jan 26

Explore the world of raptors using games and activities to learn more about different birds of prey. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Feb. 2: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Tracks & Trails: Feb. 2

Learn which critters make different tracks, trails and signs for us to read. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Feb. 9: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Summer Down Under: Feb. 9

While we are all bundled up in winter gear, the animals south of the equator are having a summer blast! Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Feb. 11: In-person Activity 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Trees: Feb. 11

Join a 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. Join us to learn all about our leafy neighbors.  Together we will learn about different types of trees, create a tree craft and explore the trails. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

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Feb. 16: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Happy Lunar New Year: Feb. 16

Let’s celebrate the Year of the Ox with decorations, games, and activities! Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Feb. 23: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Sensible Senses: Feb. 23

Explore sight, sound, smell, touch and taste through fun games and activities to learn about the 5 senses. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live session will enable children to learn, share their ideas, and interact with us and each other. Ages 3-5. Adult attendance required. Virtual event via Zoom. Discount available for members.

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March 3: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Bears: March 3

What do bears eat? Where do they live? What are the differences between types of bears?

Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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March 9: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Life Under Water: March 9

Join us for an exciting deep sea adventure! We will use games, crafts and other activities to get a closer look at what features are needed to live under water. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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March 15: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Reptiles Are Fun: March 16

We will visit with some of our resident reptiles, observe them in action, and make some cool crafts. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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March 18: In-person Activity 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Animal Tracks: March 18

Join a 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. Learn which critters make different tracks, trails and signs for us to read. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather of the day.

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March 23: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Super Seeds: March 23

Big seeds, little seeds, falling seeds, floating seeds, tree seeds, flower seeds! Oh so many seeds! Who knew appreciating seeds could be so much fun? Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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March 30: Virtual 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Secret World of Rodents: March 30

What makes a rodent a rodent? What is it like to be a rodent? Let’s play games, share activities and create craft projects to help us learn about the many different types of rodents. Our weekly virtual preschool classes include crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive games. This live 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.

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Jan. 28: Virtual 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Literary Language of Nature: Jan. 28

What is happening to nature writing under the inescapable pressures of climate change and environmental crisis?  In this course, we will explore our evolving human relationship with the natural world through the eyes of contemporary poets.  Discover eco-poetry and eco-criticism, tracing the movement from mid-20th century awakenings to current issues of environmental justice, biocentrism, and “the end of nature.” Each week we will read and discuss selections from the work of such authors as Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Tommy Pico, and more. For information, contact the Watershed at [email protected] or email [email protected] Virtual program via Zoom.  Discount available for members.

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Feb. 4: Virtual 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Literary Language of Nature: Feb. 4

What is happening to nature writing under the inescapable pressures of climate change and environmental crisis?  In this course, we will explore our evolving human relationship with the natural world through the eyes of contemporary poets.  Discover eco-poetry and eco-criticism, tracing the movement from mid-20th century awakenings to current issues of environmental justice, biocentrism, and “the end of nature.” Each week we will read and discuss selections from the work of such authors as Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Tommy Pico, and more. For information, contact the Watershed at [email protected] or email [email protected] Virtual program via Zoom.  Discount available for members.

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Feb. 11: Virtual 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Literary Language of Nature: Feb. 11

What is happening to nature writing under the inescapable pressures of climate change and environmental crisis?  In this course, we will explore our evolving human relationship with the natural world through the eyes of contemporary poets.  Discover eco-poetry and eco-criticism, tracing the movement from mid-20th century awakenings to current issues of environmental justice, biocentrism, and “the end of nature.” Each week we will read and discuss selections from the work of such authors as Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Tommy Pico, and more. For information, contact the Watershed at [email protected] or email [email protected] Virtual program via Zoom.  Discount available for members.

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Feb. 18: Virtual 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Literary Language of Nature: Feb. 18

What is happening to nature writing under the inescapable pressures of climate change and environmental crisis?  In this course, we will explore our evolving human relationship with the natural world through the eyes of contemporary poets.  Discover eco-poetry and eco-criticism, tracing the movement from mid-20th century awakenings to current issues of environmental justice, biocentrism, and “the end of nature.” Each week we will read and discuss selections from the work of such authors as Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Tommy Pico, and more. For information, contact the Watershed at edu[email protected] or email [email protected] Virtual program via Zoom.  Discount available for members.

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Jan. 19: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Mammals 101: Jan. 19

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 26: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Tracks & Scat: Jan 26

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs more easily discovered.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 2: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Hibernation: Feb. 2

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs more easily discovered.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 9: In-person Activity 10-11:30 a.m.

Predators: Feb. 9

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 12: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Omnivores: Feb. 12

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 23: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Herbivores: Feb. 23

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 2: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Rodents: March 2

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 9: In-person Activity 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Human Impact: March 9

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 19: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Mammals 101: Jan 19

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Jan. 26: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Tracks & Scat: Jan. 26

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs more easily discovered.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Participants should come prepared to learn, engage, and have fun! Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 2: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Hibernation: Feb. 2

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs more easily discovered.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

Register Here!

Feb. 9: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Predators: Feb. 9

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 16: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Omnivores: Feb. 16

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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Feb. 23: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Herbivores: Feb. 23

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 2: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Rodents: March 2

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 9: In-person Activity 3:30 - 5 p.m.

*Human Impact: March 9

Come learn alongside your child about the fascinating world of mammals and how these creatures adapt to survive the challenging winter season! Join us for one 1.5 hour class or for the entire 8-class series, as we discover the variety, behavior, and resiliency of the mammals that inhabit our reserve. Winter is a great time to observe mammals; the vegetation has lost its foliage, revealing the secrets of resident mammals who leave behind tracks, trails, and other signs.

Watershed Educators Vicky Allen and Yesenia Feliciano will teach participants in the living laboratory of our 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Each outdoor class will offer hands-on activities, a hike, and take-home activities to reinforce the topics covered in the class. Students will be grouped together by ages 6-9 and ages 10-12 for age-appropriate explorations of the material. Dress for the weather of the day. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 6: In-person Activity 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Winter Fairy Festival: March 6

Winter fairies and friends gather together for some magical activities at the Watershed. We’ll build winter fairy cottages using natural materials, search for fairies hidden at each activity station using a scavenger hunt sheet, create fun crafts like bird feeders, snowflake ornaments, and play fairy games such as fairy ring toss and magic gem search. Bundle up in your winter fairy finery for this all outdoors event. Wings and wands encouraged! 

Ages 2 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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March 20: In-person Activity Staggered start times from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

World Water Day: March 20

Celebrate World Water Day with an exploratory 1.3 mile hike of vernal pools in the Sourland Mountains. Vernal pools are the gathering point of the spring thaw and rains and attract a small assortment of amphibians such as wood frogs and spotted salamanders. We might also find small invertebrates in the pools such as caddisflies, aquatic worms, and mosquitoes, which all play a part in these tiny habitats. Investigate these seasonal waters in search of these denizens and their eggs. This program does not meet at the Watershed Reserve. Due to the sensitive nature of this ecosystem, we will email participants the location of the hike on Friday, March 19. Please register in advance; walk-ins will not be accepted. Waterproof boots are necessary.

Ages 6 and up. Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. Discount available for members.

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