Dec
16
8:00 AM08:00

Christmas Bird Count

Audubon's 118th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this season!

Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally—all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

Local Birder, Russ Reed, will lead this group, meeting at 8:00 AM at the Interpretation Center at the Watershed Nature Center. You're welcome to participate in the Watershed portion of the walk only - or follow local birders to the various locations to further contribute to the citizen science data collection.

Date: 12/16/17
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free
Purpose: Citizen Science
Link: http://www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count

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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Busy Winter Birds

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about busy winter birds. The special focus will be birds and how they interact with their winter habitats. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Great Backyard Bird Count - Training

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

The GBBC Training will prepare you to be a citizen scientist and help local birds - by covering the watch procedure, data entry, netowrking with local birders, and more. 

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Great Backyard Bird Count - Watch

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! The GBBC Watch at Watershed will allow you to participate in the Bird Count with a network of new and experienced citizen scientists and local birders.  

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Amazing Adaptations

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about the amazing adaptations of local animals. The special focus will be understanding how animals used their adaptations to interact with their environment. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Migration Matters

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about migrating animals. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Frog Walk

Wade into the Wetlands with a Frog expert at the Watershed Nature Center! Frog Walks start with a brief presentation to familiarize participants with the toads and frogs commonly found in Illinois. We learn to identify frogs and toads based on sight and sound - then we apply our skills in the marsh!

Registration Required: Check back for registration link. 

"Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines." -FrogWatch USA

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Apr
5
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Frog Walk

Wade into the Wetlands with a Frog expert at the Watershed Nature Center! Frog Walks start with a brief presentation to familiarize participants with the toads and frogs commonly found in Illinois. We learn to identify frogs and toads based on sight and sound - then we apply our skills in the marsh!

Registration Required: Check back for registration link. 

"Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines." -FrogWatch USA

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Apr
7
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

FrogWatch - Training

FrogWatch starts with a presentation to train volunteers on the identification of toads and frogs commonly found in Illinois. We then go out to the field to collect and record data for our citizen science collaboration. This is a great chance for frog walk participants to take their skills to the next level and make a difference in the lives of local amphibians. 

Registration Required: Check back for registration link. 

"Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines." -FrogWatch USA

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Apr
12
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Frog Walk

Wade into the Wetlands with a Frog expert at the Watershed Nature Center! Frog Walks start with a brief presentation to familiarize participants with the toads and frogs commonly found in Illinois. We learn to identify frogs and toads based on sight and sound - then we apply our skills in the marsh!

Registration Required: Check back for registration link. 

"Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines." -FrogWatch USA

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Apr
14
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Apr
19
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Frog Walk

Wade into the Wetlands with a Frog expert at the Watershed Nature Center! Frog Walks start with a brief presentation to familiarize participants with the toads and frogs commonly found in Illinois. We learn to identify frogs and toads based on sight and sound - then we apply our skills in the marsh!

Registration Required: Check back for registration link. 

"Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines." -FrogWatch USA

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Apr
21
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

FrogWatch - Training

FrogWatch starts with a presentation to train volunteers on the identification of toads and frogs commonly found in Illinois. We then go out to the field to collect and record data for our citizen science collaboration. This is a great chance for frog walk participants to take their skills to the next level and make a difference in the lives of local amphibians. 

Registration Required: Check back for registration link. 

"Frogs and toads also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it's essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines." -FrogWatch USA

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Apr
26
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
28
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Spring Showers

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about seasonal changes and what to expect in spring. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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May
3
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
5
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
10
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
12
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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May
17
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
19
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
24
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
26
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Wonderful Wetlands

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about the importance and functions of wetlands. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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May
31
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
2
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
2
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
7
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
9
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Jun
14
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
16
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
21
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
23
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Reptiles + Amphibians

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about native reptiles and amphibians. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Jun
28
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jun
30
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. Bird Walks are free and open to the public - supporting the development of positive relationships to the environment and fostering the citizen science initiatives at Watershed. 

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Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Prairie Time

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about the functions and benefits of Illinois prairies. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Bugs + Insects

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about bugs and insects. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - A Woodland Wilderness

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about the benefits and functions of another native illinois habitat: the woods. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Run Wild! 5K

Stay tuned for more information about our highly anticipated annual 5K Fundraiser! We will be announcing exciting changes to the 2018 year that you don't want to miss. If you are interested in talking to someone about sponsorship or volunteering - email info@watershednc.org. 

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Restoration Day

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Team leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. Dress prepared to move mulch, shovel, pull invasive species, and get dirty! 

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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day - Nocturnal Nights

Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about the creatures of the night. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. 

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Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Wilderness Walk

Explore the Watershed Wilderness on a guided tour led by Master Naturalist, retired teacher, and expert volunteer - Judy. Take in the vistas of our native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats and learn what's new in the Watershed Wilderness. No registration is required - all ages welcome.

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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Globe at Night

Globe at Night is one of our newest citizen science programs at Watershed! It is run by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and is a partnership with SIUE - inviting participants to monitor light pollution by measuring the brightness of the night sky in their community. This event will be open to the first 25 individuals - $5 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under. 

Registration: https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=f0d85ad6-0518-4fb8-aa98-fe75bd40f971

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Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Candlelight Yoga

You are invited to join Donna Bartley, 200 YTT, for Candlelight Restorative Yoga at the Watershed Nature Center. We will meet at the Welcome Center at 6:00 PM and enjoy a quarter mile walking meditation into Kay's Grove - an open space, surrounded by trees, featuring our Bird Blind & Bubbler. 

Please, bring battery operated candles if you have them and dress approprately for a short walk on a mulch trail, and any weather conditions. Additionally, bring any yoga props that you might need. This is a donation based class - and while participants are not obligated to make a donation, any proceeds generated will be split between the Watershed Nature Center and the instructor. 

Questions: info@watershednc.org

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Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Volunteer Open House

Watershed Nature Center volunteers are the life force of our mission - allowing us to continuously invest in environmental education, restoration, and recreation for the greater Edwardsville area. We are always expanding our volunteer team. Currently, we are developing our potential as a learning campus and are especially in need of retired teachers, student teachers, and individuals with similar areas of expertise to help us host field trips and special events. Stop by the Welcome Center for our Volunteer Open House to learn more!

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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

Restoration Day is a free, monthly event hosted by the Watershed Nature Center and our Restoration Committee in order to establish, maintain, and invest in the health of our three unique habitats. Volunteers help remove invasive species, establish native biodiversity, tend to wooden structures, maintain the trails, and more. The Watershed Nature Center consists of over 40 acres of three native Illinois habitats: prairie, woodland, wetland. A mile long trail weaves the three habitats together, while highlighting various observation points and social features.

We are always looking for experienced gardeners, farmers, master naturalists, woodworkers, novices, and anyone in between to join us the second Saturday of every month, weather permitting, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Restoring native ecology is an exciting, hands-on adventure – with various, shifting focuses to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three habitats within a city park.

FAQ

When: 2nd Saturday of Every Month, weather permitting, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Where: Check-In at Welcome Center before dispersing to assigned objectives.

Registration: E-mails with registration link are sent to our volunteer network – fill out a volunteer form to become a part of our volunteer network. Call or e-mail with questions. 

Benefits: Contribute to your favorite local park, learn about native plants, understand invasive plants, shadow an expert, etc.

Cost: Free

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Oct
19
8:00 AM08:00

Bird Walk

The Great Rivers Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society is hosting a Bird Walk at the Watershed Nature Center. This event is free and open to the public. Join local bird watchers on an urban adventure across our native Illinois habitats, prairie, forest, and wetlands, all protected by the Nature Preserve Foundation and enjoyed by local wildlife. 

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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Wilderness Walk

Explore the Watershed Wilderness on a guided tour led by Master Naturalist, retired teacher, and expert volunteer - Judy. Take in the vistas of our native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats and learn what's new in the Watershed Wilderness. No registration is required - all ages welcome.

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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

The Watershed Nature Center is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats, and countless species of native plants and wildlife. Restoration Day is a tremendous way to deepen your connection to our environment while giving back to your favorite local park. 

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Committee leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. 

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Oct
1
8:45 AM08:45

Run Wild!

Run Wild! - with the Watershed Nature Center this October 1st for our highly anticipated annual fundraiser run. This is a great opportunity to run or walk our trails while supporting the Watershed Nature Center! The race course contains both paved and natural surfaces for an exciting adventure. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Watershed Nature Center - in our mission to support local environmental recreation, restoration, and education.

Register here or visit our Run Wild! page

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Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Wilderness Walk

Explore the Watershed Wilderness on a guided tour led by Master Naturalist, retired teacher, and expert volunteer - Judy. Take in the vistas of our native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats and learn what's new in the Watershed Wilderness. No registration is required - all ages welcome.

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Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

The Watershed Nature Center is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats, and countless species of native plants and wildlife. Restoration Day is a tremendous way to deepen your connection to our environment while giving back to your favorite local park. 

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Committee leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. 

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Aug
15
10:00 AM10:00

Wilderness Walk

Join us for a guided tour along the trails led by Master Naturalist and retired teacher, Judy. Take in the gorgeous vistas of our native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats and learn what's new in the Watershed wilderness! All ages, no registration required.

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Aug
12
8:00 AM08:00

Restoration Day

The Watershed Nature Center is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats, and countless species of native plants and wildlife. Restoration Day is a tremendous way to deepen your connection to our environment while giving back to your favorite local park. 

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Committee leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. 

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Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

Eclipse Workshop

Get Eclipse Ready with the Watershed Nature Center!

Join us for this tremendous opportunity for parents, teachers, families, community leaders, and anyone interested - as we learn about the upcoming eclipse. Open to the public - registration required.

Educator Workshop 10:00 am - 11:00 am
• Learn about the moon phases and how they relate to events like Augusts’ solar eclipse.
• Create your own lunar and solar eclipses with tangible models to learn the differences and understand the mechanics.
• Get a set of solar viewing glasses for your students and learn how to make and use a pinhole camera for the eclipse event.

Family-Friendly Hour 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
• Create your own moon phases from Oreos for a delicious learning model.
• Make an “eclipse dance” and poem as you join NASA fans from across the country in celebrating the eclipse.
• Challenge yourself with math activities to figure out how far away the Moon is from the Earth, how the smaller Moon can cover the Sun, and seeing how fast the eclipse’s shadow will be moving.

Registration Required: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4BAEAA28A4FF2-solar

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Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Wilderness Walk

Join us for a guided tour along the trails led by Master Naturalist and retired teacher, Judy. Take in the gorgeous vistas of our native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats and learn what's new in the Watershed wilderness! All ages, no registration required.

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Jul
8
8:00 AM08:00

Restoration Day

The Watershed Nature Center is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats, and countless species of native plants and wildlife. Restoration Day is a tremendous way to deepen your connection to our environment while giving back to your favorite local park. 

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Committee leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park.

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Solar Power Hour

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that does training and education around renewable energy, works with local organizations to schedule and facilitate a number of 1-hour-long Solar Power Hours around the community. These events help interested home and business owners determine whether solar is right for them. We’ll go over the basics of solar, market trends, financials, how to tell if your site is ready for solar, and how to participate in the Solar Glen Carbon & Madison County.

Get Free Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/watershed-nature-center-power-hour-solarize-mcgc-tickets-35328917744

Learn More: http://www.growsolar.org/

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Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

Wilderness Walk

Join us for a guided tour along the trails led by Master Naturalist and retired teacher, Judy. Take in the gorgeous vistas of our native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats and learn what's new in the Watershed wilderness! All ages, no registration required.

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Jun
17
9:00 AM09:00

Madison County Garden Tour

Visit 8 beautiful private gardens and the gardens that have distinguished themselves by the quality of their landscaping and gardens as judged by University of Illinois Master Gardeners of Madison County. The tour begins at the historic 1820 Stephenson House. The gardens may be toured at the leisure of the ticket holders. The annual Garden Tour Market, which features a variety of plants and garden items, will also take place at the Stephenson House.

Tickets will be available at the Watershed Nature Center on June 17th and there will be a container raffle from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 the day of the tour - children under 10 are free. For more information contact 618-344-4230. 

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Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Watershed at Route 66 Fest

Join the Watershed for the 20th Route 66 Fest - we will have a table and be ready to meet the community! Come talk to us about what a Watershed is and why it is important, learn about volunteer and membership opportunities, and much more!

More info: http://www.edwardsvilleroute66.com/

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Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Restoration Day

The Watershed Nature Center is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats, and countless species of native plants and wildlife. Restoration Day is a tremendous way to deepen your connection to our environment while giving back to your favorite local park. 

Do you love working outside? Are you interested in native ecology? We would love to meet you! Every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, our Restoration Committee leads volunteers through an exciting, hands-on adventure - restoring native ecology. Our focus changes monthly, to accommodate the diverse needs of managing three unique habitats within a city park. 

Volunteer Registration: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0B4BAEAA28A4FF2-restoration3 

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May
27
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Walk

Join local bird experts as we walk the Watershed Trails exploring bird diversity, spring migration patterns, the tremendous natural habitats in our exceptional city park, and more wonders of the bird world. 

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