Welcome to the Friends of Great Swamp NWR Website

Our independent, non-profit organization is committed to protecting and supporting Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The 8,000 acre Refuge, located in Morris County, New Jersey, provides excellent recreational opportunities for visitors as well as protecting valuable habitat for wildlife. Look here for upcoming events, things to do, and ways you can help.

Jan
27
Sat
Volunteer Orientation @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

We need more volunteers! Especially greeting visitors in the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center. Come learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp NWR. Visitor Center.

Feb
11
Sun
Sunday Movie Matinee — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintThe movie is Saving the Great Swamp, the award winning documentary film. Join us for popcorn, hot chocolate and the inspirational movie.

Feb
16
Fri
Great Backyard Bird Count – Citizen Science Opportunity! @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm

Red-bellied Woodpecker on suet feederPaw Print

You can be a citizen scientist!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a worldwide, free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.

  • Join us for a census of winter birds at our feeders. Results are reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology..
  • Continue the count outdoors on a guided walk.
  • Learn the names of common feeder birds with Bird Bingo!
  • Make a suet feeder and other activities and crafts for kids.

This is a great way to learn about birds and to get started birding. Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner. Copies are available for loan. New members welcome. Visitor Center.

Mar
3
Sat
Volunteer Orientation @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and learn about volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor Center.

Mar
11
Sun
The Making of a Movie — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin Directory Scott Morris for a behind the scenes look at the making of the film Saving the Great Swamp. In celebration of the Refuge System’s 115th anniversary, there will be cake! Visitor Center.

 

View calendar →

Download the Event Calendar: October 2017 – March 2018 (pdf, Adobe Reader required).

Recent Bird Sightings

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.

See more photos on the
Great Swamp NWR Flickr page.

Previous news stories can be found here.