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The Rahway River Watershed Association’s Environmental Education Program
Events, Activities, Workshops & Outings


Take a fresh look at the Rahway River Watershed. Each of the watershed’s twenty-four towns contributes rainfall and snow-melt to the Rahway River and its tributaries and each town offers unique ways to enjoy the outdoors. 

From Edison in Middlesex County to the Oranges of Essex County with Union County in between, residents are awakening to the area’s natural beauty and diverse cultural fabric.

The Rahway River Watershed Association partners with community groups to educate and inspire residents to protect open spaces, increase access to the meandering waterway, improve water quality, and discover the gifts of its rich fauna and flora. We invite you to join us in these endeavors.



Celebrate the Rahway River: 24 Towns, One Watershed


JANURARY~ Create a Rain Garden In Your Own Yard

Thursday January 26th
7pm – 9pm

Springfield Public Library
66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield

Rain gardens are visually pleasing landscape features that help manage stormwater runoff which leads to less flooding.

Toby Horton, Landscape Architect and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist, has designed dozens of beautiful rain gardens for New Jersey residents. Toby will be joined by RRWA President, Seton Hall University Professor Marian Glenn, to host this informative lecture. They will explain what a rain garden is, describe their many benefits, and tell you how you can create one in your own yard.

Cost:    FREE

Our Rain Garden Workshop made the paper! Click to check out the article in the Union News Daily.


FEBRUARY ~ Green is the New Grey: Living Shorelines

Wednesday February 22nd
6pm – 8pm

Rahway Library
2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway

Dr. Jon K. Miller is Research Associate Professor of Coastal Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Miller’s research is focused on living shoreline projects and the application to shoreline stabilization and ecosystem restoration in the northeast. 

This workshop by Dr. Miller will explain what a living shoreline is and talk about how living shorelines benefit our coastal communities.

Cost:  $10 (Become a member and attend the workshop for free!)

Dr. Miller's bio can be viewed here.

Click to view or download event flyer. Feel free to print and distribute to anyone who might be interested.

Jon gave a very interesting and informative presentation. You can view it HERE!


MARCH ~ Green Film Festival

Saturday March 18th
Trailside Museum
452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside

2pm – 6:30pm

(The Lorax)
(Living Downstream)

The Lorax – “I am the Lorax,” says the creature Seuss describes as sharpish and bossy, “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Ahead of its time, visionary, or just stating the obvious, Dr. Seuss’s story of the Lorax and the Once-ler is not too far off from what we could soon face.

Living Downstream – This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.

Cost:    $10  (Kids and members FREE. Become a member on the spot and get in for FREE!)

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Click to view or download schedule



APRIL ~ Insect, Reptile, & Bird Expedition at Ash Brook Reservation

Saturday April 29th
8:30am – 11am

Meet at the Center for Hope
1900 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains

Join us for an adventurous expedition catching, observing and identifying the animals of Ash Brook Reservation. This biodiverse reserve can be described as a mysterious wooded swamp comprised of scenic streams and wildlife surrounded by the residential towns of Scotch Plains and Clark. The area contains a diversity of habitats including forested wetlands, open marshes and streams.

This naturalist field trip will be led by Rahway River Watershed Association Board member and National Biodiversity Parks President Fred Virrazzi. Fred is a zoologist who has many years of experience tracking, observing, cataloging and photographing animals.

Expect some mild bushwhacking. Wear waterproof shoes.

Limited to 14.  Registration required.

Cost:    FREE

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MAY ~ The Path to Biodiversity

Sunday May 21
10am – 12pm

Trailside Museum
452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside

Emile DeVito, Manager of Science and Stewardship for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and RRWA Vice President, will lead you on a trip through Watchung Reservation to talk about forest ecology and biodiversity. 

Biodiversity is defined as the number, variety and variability of all living organisms on Earth. Emile will talk about how natural and human activities affect the condition of various ecosystems and the types and amounts of animal and plant species found in them. Emile’s unusual style and vast knowledge of our local flora and fauna always makes for an entertaining event.

Cost:    FREE





JUNE ~ Rain Garden Bus Tour

Saturday June 17th
9:30am – 1pm

Trailside Museum
452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside

Join Michele Bakacs with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union Counties and Toby Horton,  Rutgers Extension Specialist in Landscape Architecture on a bus tour to learn how rain gardens and other green infrastructure cut landscaping costs, reduce and filter runoff and beautify your property.

We will visit a variety of green infrastructure installations including rain gardens, systems for rainwater harvesting and porous pavement.

Register at
For more info call 732-398-5274 or email

Cost:    $20


JULY ~ Nature Walk at Ask Brook Reservation

Saturday July 15th
9:30am – 12:30pm

Ash Brook Reservation
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains

Join long-time Trail Steward Marc Grobman and amble across a forested hill of maple, beech, and sassafras, down through swampland thick with skunk cabbage and spicebush, to the dry, sandy meadows of Red Hill’s blueberry, pines, and pin oaks. Come learn about skunk cabbage’s thermogenesis and other odd characteristics, how early inhabitants used various plants, and how the park’s “corduroy” trail bed was built solely with locally-sourced materials.

Cost:    FREE

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Wild Edible Walk with Debbie Naha

Saturday September 16th
10am – 1pm

Lenape Park
78 Nomahegan Drive, Springfield (meet at the gate)

High School Teacher Debbie Naha is a Master Gardener, Registered Dietitian, and Licensed Nutritionist with a specialty in wild edible plants. She has been foraging local woods and fields for decades.

Debbie has lead field trips and conducted programs for Morris County Parks, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, NJ Mycological Association, Hanson Park Conservancy, NJ Native Plant Society, Highlands Coalition, and Sierra Club, as well as municipal environmental commissions and other organizations.

Cost:    $10





Rahway River Kayak Tour -
September 23rd
9:00 - 11:00AM

Rahway Yacht Club
1706 Paterson St, Rahway, NJ 07065
(Meet at 8:30!)


Register here or by calling Sandra at NY/NJ Baykeeper - 732-888-9870  x7

Join the Rahway River Watershed Association and NY/NJ Baykeeper on a unique trip through the waters of the Rahway River!

$30 includes single kayak rental (fits one person), paddle, personal floatation device, and a guided tour.

$60 includes tandem kayak rental (fits 2 people), paddle, personal flotation device, and a guided tour.

Have your own kayak? $20/person includes a guided tour.


Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
All must be able to sit up straight and paddle for 2+ hours,
be able to swim, and be in good physical condition.
Kayak trips are not ADA accessible.
All cancellations are subject to a $5 cancellation fee.

Click to view or download flyer




OCTOBER ~ Nature Photography Workshop - Warinanco Park

Saturday October  14th • 9am – 11:30am

Join the RRWA and Jacki Dickert, local nature photographer and instructor on this photography workshop in Warinanco Park

Jacki will give tips on composition, optimum camera settings, and working with light. An emphasis on “the art of seeing” and creative interpretation will inspire you to get compelling images without having to go too far from home. See to read Jacki’s bio and see examples of her work. Open to all levels and camera types, including smart phones.

Meet at the boathouse parking lot in Warinanco Park at 9am. The park entrance is located off Saint Georges Ave and Park Ave in Roselle. Turn right onto Park Loop Drive. The boathouse is on the left, parking is on the right.

Registration required

CALL 908-892-7229 TO REGISTER

All types and smart phones welcome. Meet at the boathouse parking lot in Warinanco Park. The park entrance is located off Saint Georges Ave and Park Ave in Roselle.  Turn right onto Park Loop Drive. The boathouse is on the left, parking is on the right.

Cost:    FREE


Rahway River Watershed Association 25th Anniversary Gala!! ~ Wednesday, December 6 at 7 PM - 10 PM

at the The Cranford Social Banquet Hall
220 South Ave E, Cranford, New Jersey 07016

On Wednesday December 6th the Rahway River Watershed Association will be celebrating 25 years! This is a party you will not want to miss! Full dinner with OPEN BAR! Grammy Nominated Blues artist, and Rahway resident Jr. Mack, will be performing.

AD SPACE available in our 25th Anniversary Gala Program.

If you would like to donate an item for our SILENT AUCTION, please call Clea at 908-892-7229.

Printed invitations will be mailed. If you are not on our mailing list, and wish to recieve a printed invitaion call Clea at (908) 892-7229 and she will make sure one gets out to you.

Click to download invitation, reply card and advertising form from our home page.


Annual Watershed Conferences

NJ Land Conservation Rally: This annual full-day conference, held in March, is organized by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, in partnership with many other NJ environmental groups.

ANJEE Environmental Education Conference: This annual conference, held each January, is geared towards both formal and non-formal environmental educators.

ANJEC Environmental Congress: This annual conference is geared towards environmental commissions, but is often relevant to watershed groups.

Land Ethics Symposium: This annual, full-day conference focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes with native plants and restoration techniques.

River Rally: This annual national conference, organized by River Network, focuses on both nonprofit management and river conservation.

NJ Invasive Species Conference: This conference, hosted by the New Jersey Invasive Species STRIKE Team, offers expert presentations about emerging invasive species science & management issues in the Garden State.

Environmental Events

Union County Bio-Blitz

Sustainable Jersey

Duke Farms

The Watershed Institute

NJ Audubon Hawk Rise Sanctuary