Upcoming Events

Invasive Species Control Work Day. Thursdays, May 14 & 28, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23 9 a.m.-noon. Help con-trol invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Visitor Center.

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, May 15, June 5 & 19, July 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Help eradicate emerging invasive plant species. Work days on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, May 15, 2-3:30 p.m. Book TBA. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Garden Work Day. Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers needed! No experience necessary! Visitor Center.

Volunteer Orientation. Sunday, May 17, 1:30—3 p.m. Come learn about volunteer opportunities. Visitor Center.

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Endangered Species Day. Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m.-noon. The turtles are back! Come learn about endangered species and welcome the head-start turtles back home. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspectors will be on hand to display some of the confiscated wildlife commodities that are illegally smuggled into the country. Visitor Center.

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Refuge Ramble. Sunday, June 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Informal guided walk. Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday — Living With New Jersey Black Bears. Sunday, June 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Visitor Services Manager Jonathan Rosenberg for a film followed by a Q&A on black bears. Visitor Center.

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Celebrating Endangered Species Day

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 – Noon
The turtles are back!

2014 Wood Turtles

2014 head-start wood turtles returned to Great Swamp

Join us as we welcome the “head-start” wood turtles back to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Last fall, instead of hibernating, 28 hatchlings spent the winter in Massachusetts where students fed and cared for them during the winter months. Now, much larger and stronger thanks to this head-start program, the turtles will be released back into the swamp. Visitors will have a chance to see these young wood turtles and hear more about this successful research study to improve turtle survival. In addition to the turtles, visitors will learn about the Endangered Species Act and the wildlife that is protected around the world. Federal agents will have some confiscated items on display.

Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
32 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township, NJ


The Visitor Center will be closed Monday, May 25.

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Refuge’s Flickr page.

Click on the Great Swamp NWR link in the top right corner below to go to the eBird website. There you can look at the data in more detail.