The Watershed Academy for High School Students, a series of week-long environmental investigations, is designed to immerse students in the world of science. Students will ask questions and identify problems; gain skills and knowledge; propose solutions; and gain valuable firsthand exposure to career opportunities. Prepared by The Watershed Institute in Pennington, New Jersey, classes for high school students help bridge the gap between quality time outside in nature and college prep.

Conducted by the Institute’s professional staff and other experts within the community, the Academy focuses on an assortment of important environmental topics and will expose students to an array of valuable experiences in real-world context. Topics include water quality, stream health, climate change, green architecture, and more. Two short sessions on environmental art and native wildlife, with a concentration on water, will wed science and art.

Through Academy activities, students will engage in the scientific process; learn how to be responsible stewards of the resources in their community; work on green infrastructure projects; and work in the Watershed Institute’s upgraded environmental laboratory. Students will have an opportunity to be directly involved in the ongoing scientific studies at the Institute, both on and off of the Reserve, to help guide local, state, and federal agencies in environmental policy-making decisions.

The Academy also offers opportunities for students to connect with the Watershed staff and their partners for related independent studies, internships, and service learning credits. Discounts are available for Watershed Members and multi-week registrations! Scholarships are available in each class for qualified individuals. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day depending on trips.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship for an Academy week, please inquire prior to registration with Tammy Love, Education Manager, at, or at 609-737-3735, ext. 42. For more information about the Watershed Academy or to register online, visit

The Watershed Institute, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington.

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