Workshops

The Highlands Festival at Waterloo offers a host of workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Most are free, except where noted. Most are held in the Pavilion, except where noted.

Saturday 
NoonAquatic Invasive Species – Help!
Have you heard of zebra mussels, New Zealand mud snails, water chestnut or whirling disease? These aquatic hitchhikers are on our most wanted list of invasive species. And then there is the strange state of affairs with didymo (aka, rock snot). While these organisms can make a mess if introduced to our local streams and rivers, there is an easy solution- Clean, Inspect & Dry your gear. Leave what you find behind at the streams and rivers you visit in order to prevent the spread of these aquatic hitchhikers. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about these mysterious challenges!
Angela Gorczyca, Raritan Headwater Association’s Water Quality Program Manager
In the Pavilion
Noon - 4 p.m.Learn Fly Casting
Would you like to learn the mysteries of casting a fishing line with an almost weightless fly? Would you like to find out how these almost weightless flies are made? Would you like to try your hand at casting a fly line or tying a fly? If your answer to any one of these questions is yes, then visit the folks from Shannon’s Fly and Tackle at (location?) anytime between noon and 4 p.m. to get started.
Shannon's Fly and Tackle
Next to the Grist Mill
1 p.m.,
3 p.m.,
5 p.m.
Get Your Hands Wet Monitoring the River!
Use hands-on test kits to monitor the Musconetcong River. We’ll measure pH, turbidity, water temperature, and nutrients and discuss how they impact aquatic life and nearby communities.
Laura Kelm, Great Swamp Watershed Association
At the Waterfront - Meet at Smith Store
1 p.m.Highlands Trail 20th Anniversary Hike!
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Highlands Trail with a moderate hike ascending to a scenic overlook, to enjoy dramatic views of the Musconetcong Valley, including Waterloo, lakes and surrounding mountains. Steep, rocky terrain requires appropriate footwear and reasonably good physical condition. Approximately two miles round trip.
Wilma Frey, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Meet outside the Pavilion
1 p.m.Geocaching Basics
Geocaching is the most common term used to identify the sport of caching, often described as a "game of high-tech hide and seek." A geocache (pronounced “geo-cash”) is a hidden treasure that one locates by using a GPS device. Geocaching utilizes GPS technology to hide and seek caches or locate virtual locations in different forms. Searching for geocaches can be very exciting as they are often located in very interesting locations. This gets people exposed to new areas they never explored before, whether it is an urban setting where you learn something about the history of an area, a vista with a scenic overlook, a ruin of an 18th century homestead to explore, New Jersey’s largest bat cave, or a nature center to learn about the environment and endangered species.
John Neale, President, Northern New Jersey Cachers
In the Pavilion
2 p.m.Foraging Hike with Dan Farella
Join Dan for an insightful walk around the land to demystify the “wall of green” surrounding us. He will teach you to identify many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing ailments, as well as how to forage for nutritious wild food directly from the land. We will sample the wild plant wonders Nature guides us to, and focus on methods to work with and prepare them. Please bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. Pre-Registration Required: Dan@returntonature.us.
Dan Farella Return To Nature
Meet outside the Pavilion
2 p.m.When It Pours, It Stores (Rain Barrel Workshop)
Learn how to help the environment and your wallet, by using rain barrels around your home. Learn and make your own rain barrel out of used food grade containers, during this workshop by GreenMojoEco Consulting LLC. You'll also learn how to install and maintain your new rain barrel. Participation is limited to eight (8) people/families for each workshop, there's no limit on sitting in during workshop. Cost is $80 for each rain barrel made. Tickets can be purchased online at http://highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org/tickets/ Assembled Rain Barrels can be pre-ordered (recommended) or purchased for $100.00 to pick up at the festival.
GreenMojoEco Consulting LLC
In the Pavilion
3 p.m.Natural Light Portraits & Photowalk
Photography means "writing with light." Developing your photographic eye and being able to see the light is an essential skill. When taking pictures, being able to determine the intensity, color and direction of the light will help you know how to position your subject and which camera settings to use. Jim DeLillo will show simple techniques that may be used to improve portraits using natural light. These methods will help you understand how to use the natural quality of light to light portraits without the need for a photo studio and elaborate lighting set-ups. If time permits, we will do a Photo Walk on the grounds to practice our new found skills. Jim DeLillo is an Internationally published photographer. His 35+ years of experience includes international publications such as Woman’s World Magazine and many other daily, weekly, and monthly publications.
Jim Delillo
Meet outside the Pavilion
3 p.m.Fair Trade as a Viable Alternative to “Free Trade’
What In The World has been in the fair trade business for 10 years and promote the connection of green, organic, sustainable, recycling and fair trade. This workshop will cover the impact of fair trade on the lives of the artisans, vendors and sellers, and its growing connection to issues of sustainability, community, wellness, all of the modern issues of our struggles with globalization. Fair Trade ethic is cooperative, not competitive, and has a very practical social and spiritual side to it.
Al and Vicki Kopacka What In The World
In the Pavilion
3 p.m.The Greening of Religion
Rev. Dr. Franklin Vilas, Episcopal clergyman and founder of GreenFaith, will talk about how congregations are working to green their operations and their communities.
Rev. Dr. Franklin Vilas GreenFaith
In the Waterloo United Methodist Church

4 p.m.New Jersey Then and Now
In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th birthday, author David Veasey will talk about our state’s physical, cultural, and architectural heritage of diversity based on his two recent books on New Jersey’s history. He will also talk about a number of New Jersey firsts, such as the founding of the U.S. iron industry here, the creation of the American film industry in Edison and Ft. Lee, and the invention of the industrial research laboratory. One book: New Jersey Then & Now, offers 65 vignettes on New Jersey’s history ranging from the Morris Canal, to President Grover Cleveland’s House in Caldwell, to the Paterson falls and textile mills, to the former zinc mines in Ogdensburg, to the crash of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst. The second book Veasey’s talk will draw on is New Jersey’s Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings, which focuses on the state’s rich and diverse architectural heritage.
David Veasey, Author
In the Pavilion
5 p.m.Great Hikes in the Highlands
Discover the hidden treasures of the Highlands with experienced hike leader, Tonya Biondi. Start planning your fall adventures close to home on the vast network of trails maintained by the volunteer-powered New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Learn where to find interesting hikes to mountain top lakes, glacially carved rock formations, iron mines, sweeping views, wildlife and more
Tonya Biondi New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
In the Pavilion
6 p.m.Trout Fishing the Restored Musconetcong River
Brian Cowden, Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative coordinator for the coldwater conservation organization Trout Unlimited and Shannon’s Fly Shop’s head fly fishing guide, presents this workshop on trout fishing the Musconetcong River and other NJ Highlands trout streams with an eye toward river restoration efforts. These restoration efforts, including dam removals and channel restoration by Trout Unlimited and many conservation partners, are having a significant positive impact on both wild trout and stocked trout available for the angler looking to enjoy some time on the water. While Trout Unlimited’s focus is the native brook trout, the state fish of New Jersey, wild brown and rainbow trout also greatly benefit from restoration.
Brian Cowden, Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative, Trout Unlimited/a>
In the Pavilion
7 p.m.The Silent Majority: Moths of NJ
With 110,000 species of moth worldwide (+/- 2,000 in the Garden State alone) one can be kept pretty entertained during sleepless nights attracting, keying, and trying to get a peek into their secret lives. This workshop will be the quickest hour- long presentation of your life as Blaine shares images taken from a panoply of moth forms photographed in a multitude of New Jersey landscapes. Along the way, he hopes to instill the basics of moth biology, provide you with a few cool factoids about individual species, and the necessary tools to spend a little nocturnal time enjoying these nighttime jewels for yourselves. Warning: nature nuts only need subscribe!
Presented by Blaine Rothauser, BR Environmental LLC
Outside the Pavilion
Sunday 
11:30 a.m.PhotoWalk Workshop
Bring your camera for PhotoWalk Workshop and join Dwight Hiscano as he explores the forests and waterways surrounding Waterloo Village. Pre-registration and additional $20 fee required.
Presented by Dwight Hiscano, Photographer
Meet outside the Pavilion
12 noonIron Making & Mining in New Jersey Highlands
The history of the Highlands of New Jersey revolves around iron making and mining. With the completion of the Morris Canal in 1831, iron mining and making became a major industry with towns such as Dover and Rockaway growing from small villages to industrial towns spawning transportation links to distant markets. Hundreds of tons of ore were mined at places like Mt. Hope and Hibernia, smelted locally or shipped to iron furnaces in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. It is estimated that more than 55 million tons of ore were mined and shipped. Although most of the mines and furnaces are now gone, their archeological remains still pervade the landscape. In this presentation, Joe Macasek, author of the "Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County" and President of the Canal Society of New Jersey, will talk about how it all happened, describe the technology that was used and help you learn how to identify iron making and mining sites as you hike highland trails.
Joe Macasek Canal Society of New Jersey
In the Pavilion
12 noon to 4 p.m.Learn Fly Casting
Would you like to learn the mysteries of casting a fishing line with an almost weightless fly? Would you like to find out how these almost weightless flies are made? Would you like to try your hand at casting a fly line or tying a fly? If your answer to any one of these questions is yes, then visit the folks from Shannon’s Fly and Tackle at (location?) anytime between noon and 4 p.m. to get started.
Shannon's Fly and Tackle
Next to the Grist Mill
1 p.m.Wild Plants Hike
Join these two experts on a two-hour-long hike that will focus on the abundant autumn wild fruits and flowers of the area. Leaving from Waterloo Village, the hike will begin on the Highlands Trail. The moderate to difficult terrain will be covered at a leisurely pace to give time to explore the wild plants, including edible and medicinal species, and the deep ecology that links plants, wildlife, and us. Jared Rosenbaum is the owner of Wild Ridge Plants, a family business growing locally adapted native plants and educating and consulting on their uses, ecology, and stewardship. He authored "Plant Local: Do-It-Yourself Native Plant Gardens," and is prominently featured in the documentary film, 'Sourlands. His writings on plant ecology and culture can be found at wildridgeplants.blogspot.com.Suzanne Wilder is President of the Musconetcong Mountain Conservancy and serves on the Hunterdon County Open Space Advisory Committee.
Jared Rosenbaum, botanist, and Suzanne Wilder, open space preservationist Wild Ridge Plants
Meet outside the Pavilion
1 p.m.So, You Want To Be a Beekeeper . . .
Come learn the rudiments of modern beekeeping, and the joys of being in the midst of so many busy ladies. Beekeeping is an ancient pursuit, with a very modern need. Today, New Jersey beekeepers have a good chance of helping their bees survive Colony Collapse, varroa mite, viruses, and starvation. The New Jersey Beekeepers Association is leading the state effort to save the honey bee and other pollinators by producing a video for explaining how pollinators need everyone's help and then demonstrating how to plant native forbs to increase late season food options for all pollinators. Meet a beekeeper and find out what you can do to help bees in your backyard. You will learn what makes a modern hive and how a colony of bees grows throughout a New Jersey year, as well as what plants to grow that can help feed bees and other pollinators.
Lorette Cheswick, Apiarist, NJ Beekeepers Association
In the Pavilion
2 p.m.Foraging Hike with Dan Farella
Join Dan for an insightful walk around the land to demystify the “wall of green” surrounding us. He will teach you to identify many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing ailments, as well as how to forage for nutritious wild food directly from the land. We will sample the wild plant wonders Nature guides us to, and focus on methods to work with and prepare them. Please bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find. Pre-Registration Required: Dan@returntonature.us.
Dan Farella Return To Nature
Meet outside the Pavilion
2 p.m.When It Pours, It Stores (Rain Barrel Workshop)
Learn how to help the environment and your wallet, by using rain barrels around your home. Learn and make your own rain barrel out of used food grade containers, during this workshop by GreenMojoEco Consulting LLC. You'll also learn how to install and maintain your new rain barrel. Participation is limited to eight (8) people/families for each workshop, there's no limit on sitting in during workshop. Cost is $80 for each rain barrel made. Tickets can be purchased online at http://highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org/tickets/ Assembled Rain Barrels can be pre-ordered (recommended) or purchased for $100.00 to pick up at the festival.
GreenMojoEco Consulting LLC
In the Pavilion
3 p.m.Backyard Chickens
Victor Alfieri, an urban homesteader, became known as “The Chicken Man” after a three-year battle to raise hens in Wayne, NJ. Victor defended himself in court and was successful in defending his right to have a backyard flock. Victor has become an expert in understanding local town livestock ordinances and is currently a caretaker on a chicken farm catering to the backyard chicken enthusiast. Victor will be giving a comprehensive class focusing on how to raise happy, healthy, productive backyard chickens. This workshop will cover the health and sustainable benefits of raising backyard chickens in our urban (and rural) environment. Know the law, learn how to get started, prepare coop plans and shed conversions, find out about chicken breeds, and how to care for your small backyard flock.
Victor Alfieri WoodlotFarms.com
In the Pavilion
3 p.m.The Underwater World at Waterloo's Vernal Pool
It may look like an ordinary pond, but the vernal pool at Waterloo Village has incredible things happening beneath the surface. Take a stroll along the water's edge and learn what makes this pool so special to the frogs, salamanders, fairy shrimp, and other creatures that depend on it. Sure to see some cool critters!
MacKenzie Hall Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
Meet outside the Pavilion
4 p.m.Mushrooms of the Highlands
You probably know that mushrooms help decompose forest litter, but did you know that underground there is a mushroom “mycelium” system that transports water and minerals to tree roots? Some mushrooms have mycelium that grows in tree trunks, and softens the wood so woodpeckers can make holes for nesting. Come learn about all the different roles mushrooms play in the forest ecosystem, and see which mushrooms you are likely to encounter in the New Jersey Highlands.
Patricia McNaught, President, New Jersey Mycological Society
In the Pavilion

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