Monday, March 28, 2022

April programs at The Watershed Institute

Flashlight Egg Hunt 2022

Friday, April 8, 7:30-9 p.m.

Join us after dark for the most egg-citing egg hunt ever. Bring your flashlight and search the field for over 1000 real-colored eggs. Arrive at 7:30 for photos with the bunny, then head out to the field for the 8:00 start for the hunt. Bring a flashlight, and a basket or bag for your eggs. And don't forget your boots, it's bound to be muddy!

Ages 4 and up, $15 per child, adult attendance required, Member discount available

Introduction to Lichens: Pixie Cups and British Soldiers

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lichens are amazing organisms that come in a variety of shapes and colors. Plus, they have fun common names like hammered shields, tree flutes, and star-tipped reindeer lichen. Join Assistant Director of Education, Pat Heaney, and Watershed Educator, Vicky Allen, to learn more about these interesting symbiotic life forms. We will use magnifiers to get a closer look at their structure and function and try to identify some common species. If you have a 10x magnifying loupe, feel free to bring it.

Ages 12 and up, $10 per person, adult attendance required, Member discount available

Campfire Storytelling

Friday, April 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

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. Bring a blanket and sit-upon if desired.

Ages 5 and up, $10 per person, adult attendance required, Member discount available 

Preschool Nature Class: Mammal Animals

Tuesday, April 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join Watershed Educator Steph Silva to learn all about the lives of mammals here on the Watershed Reserve. You'll learn all about the life cycles of mammals and go on a hunt to find where the resident mammals live on the reserve. Classes generally include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and game.

Ages 3-5, $10 per child, adult attendance required, Member discount available

Homeschool Herpetology series: Reptiles and Amphibians

Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. | April 12, April 19 April 26

Join Naturalist Vicky Allen and Kate Hode for a Homeschool series about herpetology. This class is part of an eight-part series that includes the following topics: amphibians 101, metamorphosis, reptiles 101, turtles & tortoises, lizards, snakes, crocodilians, and human interactions with these animals. 

Lessons will be primarily outside and include fieldwork (weather permitting). We may adjust the order of the lessons depending on weather since some lessons are better suited to classroom delivery. Students should come dressed for the weather and wear waterproof footwear. You may register for one program, a few, or all—it’s up to you.

Ages 6-12, $15 per child, Member discount available

Stream Cleanups

Volunteer with us to help remove trash, litter, and debris from local rivers and streams at our 16th Annual Stream Cleanup. Over the past decade, these efforts have helped remove more than 122,000 pounds of garbage with the help of 6,300 enthusiastic volunteers. Our cleanup events are a great way to get outside, improve the scenic beauty of our region and positively impact our wildlife habitat. Take home a Watershed Stream Cleanup t-shirt as a memento!

Pre-registration is required for this rain or shine event. Please bring your own gloves and (reusable!) water bottle. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are suggested for woodier areas.

This is an in-person program. Masks and social distancing are optional. A parent or legal guardian is required to attend with all children.

April 9, 9-11 a.m.





April 23, 9-11 a.m.


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