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Watershed University

Dates: July 10-14 and August 7-11 (Students may sign up for one or both weeks. Schedules are below!)

Time: 10 am to 2 pm with free optional activities from 9-10 am and 2-3 pm

Cost: $400/week. Scholarships available.

Location: Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road in Gladstone, NJ 07934

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New for Watershed University Alumni: Alumni may sign up for one-day sessions, for as many days as you like. Cost: $50 per day. Please contact Lauren for the link to sign up. Alumni do not need to re-apply.

Learn about conservation topics like surveying for water quality

This week-long certificate program is built for High School Students wishing to gain insights in the environmental field, make impactful change, and serve their communities. Each day includes a speaker, hands-on scientific exploration, and team building, making for an experience designed to inspire and empower.

Participants will learn each day from experts in the environmental field, and will examine environmental and social topics that affect local and global resource conservation challenges. On-the-ground conservation projects allow students to gain skills in scientific research, communication, and build connections within a group of people working to make a difference.

A picnic lunch each day helps students unwind, and gives space for unstructured discussion. Outdoor activities and a mostly tech-free atmosphere allow creativity and critical thinking to flow. Students will have the option to participate in additional activities during the week such as morning meditation and yoga, organic gardening, visual art projects, fishing in the pond, and a kayak trip on Friday!

Kayak trip on Fridays

This program will allow participants to explore future fields of study in college and beyond preparing for career opportunities in environmental science, conservation and environmental education.  Students will also connect with RHA staff and partners for advanced learning, community service, citizen science projects, and internships.

A misty-morning bird survey

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2023 Schedules
Monday, July 10
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
Thursday, July 13
Friday, July 14
Nature Illustration

with Julie Goetz

Nature Illustration

with Julie Goetz

Nature Illustration

with Julie Goetz

GIS Mapping

with Director of GIS, Melissa Mitchell


Green Infrastructure

with Dr Chris Obropta, Director of the NJ Water Resources Research Institute



with Adison Evans of Neighborhood Compost

Native Plant ID

with Stewardship Manager, Zak Kircher

Kayak Trip on the South Branch Raritan River
Environmental Justice

with Director of Policy, Bill Kibler

Biodiversity Study

with Director of Science, Dr. Kristi MacDonald

Groundwater Conservation

with Associate Director, Mara Tippett

Stewardship Project

with Stewardship Manager, Zak Kircher

Fishing in the Pond Nature Tie-Dye Paper Making


Monday, August 7
Tuesday, August 8
Wednesday, August 9
Thursday, August 10
Friday, August 11
Nature Illustration

with Julie Goetz

Nature Illustration

with Julie Goetz

Nature Illustration

with Julie Goetz

Whats your Watershed Address? Climate Study

with Director of Education, Lauren Theis

Stream Ecology

with scientists from Raritan Headwaters

The Story of Salamanders

with Christine Healy from Conserve Wildlife

Green Matters Funding

with Kathy Lynch, President of Green Matters

Kayak trip at Round Valley Reservoir

with a visit from New Jersey Water Supply Authority Scientists to talk about Aquatic Plants

Community Grains

with Deborah and Jason DeSalvo

Microplastics Study

with Director of Science, Dr. Kristi MacDonald

Algae, Zooplankton, and Harmful Algal Blooms

with EcoExplorers from Montclair State University

Native Edible and Medicinal Plants

with Robert Lucas, Restoration Coordinator

Fishing in the Pond Nature Tie-Dye Paper Making

A Watershed University student drawing in our Bird and Butterfly Garden


At the end of the program, each student will be awarded a certificate outlining their participation in the program.


Need-based scholarships are available – please note in your application if you would like more information.


Questions? Contact Lauren at

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