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Learn About the Raritan Headwaters, Watersheds & Our Region

As children, we need time to wander, to be outside, to nibble on icicles, watch ants, to build with dirt and sticks in the hollow of the earth, to lie back and contemplate clouds. — Gary Paul Nabhan & Stephen Trimble
Scientist shows grandmother and grandchild macroinvertebrates from the stream
  • What is a Watershed?Simple Diagram of a Watershed

    In simple terms, it is a drainage basin or an area of land that drains all of its water to a specific body of water like a river, lake or bay.

  • The Headwaters headwaters

    Every river begins somewhere… and that somewhere is the network of little streams that blanket the landscape as they merge and flow downstream, becoming a river system.

  • Natural HistoryMap of the Headwaters Region

    The Raritan Headwaters region is located in north-central New Jersey and is defined by the area of land that drains into the North and South Branches of the Raritan River.

  • Educator's ToolkitHeather Gracie teaching people how to identify trees in winter

    There are a tremendous number of resources available to support educators who want to spark their students’ interest in environmental science.

  • Programs for ChildrenLauren Theis with Kids

    Education is a key element of our work to protect the natural resources of the Raritan Headwaters region. Helping people connect with nature is one of the things we do best!