Special Events

Throughout the year, Raritan Headwaters holds special events for members, supporters and the general public. Four of our most popular are the annual Old Fashioned Country Fair, Lantern Walk, State of Our Watershed conference and Member Meeting. See our Calendar for a listing of all events.


Old Fashioned Country Fair

Postponed till October 2021

Horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, live music, good food, local artisans, a field maze, pumpkin painting and more have made Country Fair a fall tradition for many local families. Held each October at our Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, Country Fair raises funds to support our programs while offering a fun day in the country for all ages.

Clydesdale Horses

Pumpkin Painting

Wagon Ride

Face Painting

Bassett Hounds

Make a Scarecrow

Country Music

Field Maze

Lantern Walk

Based on the European “Lanternenlaufen” tradition, this festive lantern-lit parade through the meadows of Fairview Farm is a magical experience on a November evening. Sit by the bonfire afterward and enjoy music and refreshments.


Lights in the Night

Hot Cider by the Fire

Lots of Lanterns

State of Our Watershed

Our annual State of Our Watershed is held in early December at Hoffman Crossing Campus. People from all corners of our 470 square mile watershed attend this event for up-to-date information on the health of our streams and groundwater. 

Annual Stream Cleanup

In 2019, we will hold our 30th annual Stream Cleanup. Each April, this environmentally critical event draws more than 1,000 volunteers to stream sites throughout the watershed to pick up litter and recyclables. This huge effort not only provides citizens with an opportunity to connect with their local streams to experience first-hand how cleanup efforts can improve water quality, but it also eliminates pollutants from the water supply.

In 2018, over 1,600 volunteers removed an estimated 12 tons of trash and recyclables from 52 stream sites across three counties in the Raritan River headwaters region.


Ride for the River

In June, we hold our annual Ride for the River fundraiser – a 60 mile Motorcycle Poker Run that travels through Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties.