There are a tremendous number of resources available to support educators who want to spark their students’ interest in environmental science. In addition to the programs we offer directly to teachers, parents and children in both formal and informal settings, we are always happy to offer suggestions to educators interested in customizing lesson plans to address issues and opportunities within the Raritan Headwaters region.
Programs for School Groups
RHA offers outdoor educational programs for school groups of 10 to 150 students in all grade levels.
Youth Seeking Community Service Opportunities
Many hands make light work, and RHA welcomes volunteers of all ages to assist with our ongoing Stewardship Program. A variety of projects allow students to gain valuable hands-on experience and earn community service hours.
WaterWays Stewardship Program
Our WaterWays Stewardship Project is a science program that we bring to schools within the region. Our most comprehensive educational program, it combines classroom and field sessions to make learning fun and meaningful.
Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program
The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. AmeriCorps members are assigned to watershed regions throughout the State to serve as “Watershed Ambassadors.”
The Raritan Headwaters Association has acted as a Host Agency for a Watershed Ambassador each year since the inception of the program, and we are happy to continue our partnership with this invaluable program! One of the primary activities of our Watershed Ambassador involves visits to schools and community organizations to share information and educate children and adults about water and watershed issues in New Jersey and to encourage them to become actively involved in protecting water supplies. These visits are usually free of charge and can be arranged by contacting our Watershed Ambassador via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Watershed Ambassadors typically serve terms that begin in late September and last through mid-July.
Here are some online resources that educators can use to find information on water quality and ideas for activities in the classroom!
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Discovering the Naturalist Intelligence: Science in the Schoolyard by Jenna Glock, Susan Wertz, and Maggie Meyer
Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell
Childhood and Nature by David Sobel