Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Upcoming activities at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Nova LogoWHERE: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road,

Weekly Preschool Nature Classes
WHEN: Feb. 6&7; 13&14; 20&21; 27&28; Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 1-2:30 p.m.

FEE: $10 members ($15 nonmembers)

Children 3- to 5-years-old learn about nature while exploring the out-of-doors with one of our Teacher-Naturalists. Each class includes outdoor exploration, stories, and simple crafts. A parent must stay with any child younger than age 4. Registration required.

In Search of Owls
WHEN: Feb. 9&10; Fridays 7-8:30 p.m.

FEE: $10 members ($15 nonmembers) per person

Begin the evening indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls, and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. Registration required. Adults & Families, ages 6+

Trail Cameras
WHEN: Feb. 10; Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
:  $5 members ($10 nonmembers)

Trail cameras are invaluable research tools, offering glimpses into wildlife behavior, nest predation, populations size and more. On this family hike, join Naturalist Tyler Christensen and visit some hidden trail cameras on the Watershed Reserve to view the latest images of resident animals while learning about the camera's role in science. Registration is required. Adults & Families, ages 8+

Tiny Tot Walks
WHEN: Feb. 12; Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

CLASS FEE PER CHILD: $10 members ($15 nonmembers)

You're never too young to start exploring outdoors! You and your toddler will experience nature as we share walks on the Reserve, art activities, and storytime. Tiny Tot walks provide a fun introduction to animals, plants, and nature in general. Dress for the weather because we always go outside. Registration is required. All children must be walking and accompanied by an adult. Children 18-36 months (with an adult)

Great Backyard Bird Count Hike
WHEN: Feb. 17; Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
FEE PER PERSON: $10 members ($15 nonmembers)

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun and easy event that engages bird walkers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of the bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds and report their sightings online.  Walk with one of our Naturalist-Teachers and take part in this exciting citizen scientist project. Adults & Families, ages 6+

Scott McVay Book Reading 
WHEN: Feb. 18; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Free Event

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and Pinelands Preservation Alliance welcome Scott McVay to speak to the environmental threads of his 2015 book, Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things at the Watershed Center in Pennington, New Jersey. You are invited to attend an afternoon presentation with Scott as he guides us through lessons of the land, water, and air conservation from ornithologists, biologists, artists, and others, suggesting how articulate, dedicated leadership can win the day. Introduction by Emile DeVito, one of the lead biologists in New Jersey. Drinks and refreshments will be available after the book reading. Registration required.

Winter Fairy Land
WHEN: Feb. 24; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
: $10 members ($15 nonmembers) Parents attend for free!

Celebrate winter with the mystical creatures of the Watershed Reserve. Don your fairy attire for dancing and magical games. Spend time indoors listening to winter tales, making festive arts and crafts, and even creating a cozy fairy house to take home. If you're brave, we'll venture outside for some winter wonderland explorations. Families & Children, ages 2-12

A Year on the Stony Brook - Ettl Farm Trail
WHEN: Feb. 24; Saturday, 9 - 11 a.m.

Join us as we explore different stretches of the Stony Brook throughout the seasons. We will focus on seasonal ecology, meeting a variety of plants and animals, including those that indicate water and environmental quality. Follow the Ettle Farm Trail through the forest along the Brook to the "Big Bend" where we will search for eco-relics. Presented with funding from the Washington Crossing Audubon Society. Adults & Families, ages 6+

Home School Nature Classes
WHEN: Feb. 26; Mondays 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 members ($15 nonmembers)

We dedicate one Monday per month to families who homeschool their children. This session is on maple sugaring! Students may be divided into two groups to ensure the activities are age appropriate.  Families, children ages 5-12