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.

Upcoming Events

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
Registration Required: 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! Due to limited space, registration is required. Call 973-425-9510. Visitor Center.

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

Join us for a discussion of The Lost Whale: The True Story of an Orca Named Luna by Michael Parfit. Copies are available for loan. New members welcome. Visitor Center.

Mar
18
Sun
Spring Woodcock Walk @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm

Paw PrintWatch and listen to the elaborate mating displays of the American woodcock. Indoor pro-gram followed by a guided walk on Pleasant Plains Road. Program and walk led by volunteer Pete Axelrod. Dress warmly. Visitor Center.

Mar
22
Thu
Spring Woodcock Walk @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm

Paw PrintWatch and listen to the elaborate mating displays of the American woodcock. Indoor pro-gram followed by a guided walk on Pleasant Plains Road. Program and walk led by volunteer Pete Axelrod. Dress warmly. Visitor Center.

Mar
24
Sat
Refuge Work Day @ Wildlife Observation Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Paw PrintJoin us for Spring Cleanup at the Wildlife Observation Center (WOC). Bring lunch and stay for the WOC Volunteer Orientation at 1:00 pm.

 

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Download the Event Calendar: January 2018 – June 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.