Thanks to all our Watershed U Alumni for a great Summer 2022!

Applications for our Summer 2023 program will be available on February 1, 2023

Watershed University

Dates: 2023 Dates TBD

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

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

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 at the end of the program.

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.

The week culminates with a kayak trip on the Raritan River!

Topics will include:

  • Finding your Purpose
  • Watershed Conservation
  • Creating Habitat for Native Wildlife
  • Native Plant Identification
  • Pond and Stream Study
  • Climate Issues
  • Environmental Justice
  • GIS Mapping
  • Environmental Policy

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.

Applications for Summer 2023 will be available on February 1, 2023