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By | August 11th, 2017

Join RHA for the launch of our new kayak fleet on the South Branch Raritan River!

This paddling session is open to RHA members, who can register in advance or drop in for a first-come first-serve opportunity to paddle the gentle waters of the South Branch in Clinton for up to one hour at a time between 1-4 pm. Up to 8 people can paddle at a time, and the beautiful setting of the river beside the Red Mill and Hunterdon Art Museums will be a perfect way to end a summer weekend.

Paddlers will be provided with a paddle and life jacket.  Please bring plenty of water and wear water shoes, strappy sandals or old sneakers that can get wet. We will be stationed in the Water Street Parking Lot in Clinton, where there is easy access to the river (photo at right). Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register now to reserve your kayak!

For more information, please contact Lauren at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org.


By | December 9th, 2016

Picking zinnias in the organic vegetable and flower garden

Picking zinnias in the organic vegetable and flower garden

Join RHA and our partners for fun, hands-on workshops to help you become River-Friendly at home!

Registration is required – Click on the heading of the workshop to be directed to the registration page.

Questions? Contact Lauren at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org


Design Your Own Rain Garden

Wednesday, January 18th from 7 to 9 pm at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve

$20/person, $15 for certified River Friendly Residents

Join Lauren Theis, Raritan Headwaters Education Director, to learn all about rain gardens. Lauren will cover the basics: planning, design, installation and maintenance. Attendees will learn how to read topographic maps of their property, select a location and design their very own garden!

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By | October 21st, 2016

amieRHA is excited to welcome Amie Swanbeck from West Morris Mendham High School, who will be joining our education team for the 2016-2017 school year!  Amie is part of a Career Learning Internship program through WMMHS, and will provide vital program support as well as add some creative touches to our education programs for schools and the community!

Welcome Amie!

If you have any questions about this program or other internship opportunities, please contact Lauren Theis, Director of Education, at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org.

By | September 28th, 2016

gavin-at-mini-campRHA is offering a two-day mini-Nature Day Camp for children ages 6-10 during the teachers’ convention days on November 10th and 11th from 10 am to 2 pm! Activities include hikes, crafts with autumn leaves, stream exploration, learning about wildlife activities in the fall, stories around the campfire, orienteering, bird watching, games, and more!

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By | March 9th, 2016


Raritan Headwaters is excited to host The Pingry School’s Environmental Art Class, with a show opening on Friday, April 1 from 7:30 to 9 pm in our new Environmental Education Center at our headquarters, 2121 Larger Cross Road in Bedminster.

The art in this exhibition was created by students in the Environmental Art Course offered at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge. The course emphasizes using natural and recycled materials to create art that explores the students’ relationship with the natural world. It is one of a very few environmental art courses offered at the high school level in the country.

Please join us for this free event and enjoy light refreshments while meeting the artists and teachers that created these amazing works of art celebrating the natural resources of the Raritan Headwaters region!

Please let us know you’re coming by registering here.


By | December 21st, 2015

animal-tracks-in-snowJoin us on Saturday, January 23rd from 10 am to noon for a fun program at Fairview Farm!  We will find out which critters are moving about in the winter by searching for the clues they leave behind, spending time in the cozy Nature Classroom and outside on the trails.  Dress for the weather! $10/person, all ages.

Click here to register!

By | December 21st, 2015

Snuggle up in our exploration room for winter readings of some very special books by local authors and illustrators as we celebrate the special creatures and landscapes of the watershed.  Please be sure to register for programs in advance, each costs $5 per person and features storytime, snacks and hiking time on our beautiful preserve.

The Puddle Garden by Jared RosenbaumOn Sunday, January 24 from 2 to 4 pm, Ecologist Jared Rosenbaum shares with us his new book, The Puddle Garden.  This book is “a richly illustrated story about native plants and wildlife, with a cast of characters including cardinal flower, Joe Pye weed, a catbird and a Baltimore checkerspot.”  Then, enjoy Fairview Farm’s Children’s Trail, complete with Adventure Backpacks to help you explore along the way!  (snow date Jan. 31)

Click here to register!



Sugar White Snow by Felicia Chernesky On Sunday, February 21 from 2 to 4 pm, Felicia Chernesky will share with us her book, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color.  We will all go for an easy hike looking for colors in nature, and enjoy some maple snacks to celebrate the season.

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World of Birds by Kim KurkiOn Sunday, March 13 from 2 to 4 pm,  Kim Kurki will share with us her book, World of Birds.  Did you know that the magpie is the only bird known to recognize itself in the mirror? And the mockingbird can imitate up to 35 bird species?  Learn more fascinating facts about birds, bring your muck boots and enjoy the trails of Fairview Farm looking for native birds migrating back to our area!  

Click here to register!

By | November 6th, 2015

campfire bdayOn December 4th from 5 to 7, Raritan Headwaters Association will be hosting a Family Campfire at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road in Bedminster. Read More »

By | October 2nd, 2015


On Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 5 to 7pm, RHA is continuing the tradition of celebrating Lanternenlaufen or Martinstag, an historic European festival celebrating Autumn, the end of the agricultural year, and the beginning of the harvest.

This year’s event will feature a musical accompaniment, played as we carry our lanterns through the meadows of Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve! The lanterns, made in Germany and lit by small electric candles, are held up by small wooden sticks and perfect for guiding us through the evening. Smaller lanterns will be available for our youngest guests (perfect for ages 3-4).

Hot apple cider and light snacks will be served in the Nature Classroom!

Children Celebrating Lanternenfaulen in Germany

Children Celebrating Lanternenfaulen in Germany

The fee for this program is $12 per lantern for members and $15 per lantern for non-members, both of which includes refreshments.  There will be discounted rates for the purchase of multiple lanterns.  If you would like to join us but do not plan to purchase a lantern, we suggest a donation of $5 per person for refreshments only.

In order to guarantee a lantern for each person, please RSVP by November 1st by contacting Lauren Theis at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or by calling her at (908) 234-1852 x314.

By | September 10th, 2015


autumn kidsRHA is offering a two-day mini-Nature Day Camp for children ages 6-10 during the teachers’ convention days on November 5th and 6th from 9 am to 2 pm! Activities include hikes, crafts with autumn leaves, stream exploration, pumpkin painting, stories around the campfire, orienteering, bird watching, crafts, games, and more!

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