Upcoming Events

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Invasive Species Control Work Day. Thursdays, July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, September 10 & 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Help control invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Visitor Center.

Garden Day. Sunday, July 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Join us to work in the gardens. No experience needed. Stay for lunch with the interns—Friends treat. Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends — Meet the Interns. Sunday, July 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come and meet these enthusiastic summer interns as they “show and tell” what they’ve been doing this summer! You’ll learn a lot, and be inspired! Guaranteed! Visitor Center.

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, July 17, August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18, 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, July 17, 2-3:30 p.m. The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science, by Akiko Busch. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Volunteer Orientation. Sunday, July 19, 1:30—3 p.m. For new volunteers. Come and learn about volunteer opportunities. Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends — Sharing the World with Raptors. Sunday, August 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join us as we partner with The Raptor Trust for a presentation on … raptors of course! Learn about raptors and how important they are to the natural world. Get to know some of the species of hawks and owls that are common resi-dents in New Jersey. Meet a live education raptor and view specimens and mounts up close. Visitor Center Pavil-ion (outdoors).

Refuge Readers. Friday, August 21, 2-3:30 p.m. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

Garden Day. Saturday, August 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Join us to work in the gardens. No experience needed. Visitor Center.

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All wildlife, from birds to mammals to butterflies, depend upon certain foods and only thrive when these foods are available. For many species, this means certain plants. Invasive plants disrupt this balance by growing and spreading rapidly, crowding out the native species that wildlife depend upon for survival. Let’s make choices and take action to help restore native plants, preserving wildlife by maintaining their habitat!

How can you help stop the invasion?

  • Join the Strike Team! Friday mornings: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the Great Swamp Strike Team works to eradicate emerging invasive plant species. Join in on Fridays, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 19, July 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Join the Invasive Plant Species Control Team! Thursday morning work days on: Thursdays, May 28, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23 9 a.m.-noon. This group helps control invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Buy native plants for your yard and garden! There are many beautiful options. With information from the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, or Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, you will know what to look for (and avoid) when you purchase plants or raise them from seed.

Join the GardenKeepers. Help showcase native plants to inspire Great Swamp visitors to grow them at home, supporting all types of wildlife including birds and pollinators! Work days at the display gardens at the Helen Fenske Vistor’s Center are scheduled at various times. No experience needed! Upcoming days include Thursday, June 18, and Sunday, July 12. For details, see the calendar of events.

Garden Keepers

Garden Keepers

The Visitor Center will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 3, but closed on Saturday, July 4. The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Happy 4th!

See more photos on the
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.