The Friends of Great Swamp NWR host a series of interesting, fun, and educational programs every month. Download the complete Calendar of Events for the current listings.
Paw Printindicates programs suitable for children
 
Feb
12
Sun
All About our Watersheds — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin NJ Watershed Ambassador Alexandra Cavagrotti for an informative program on watersheds, the state of the Passaic River, pollution issues, and how we can help. Visitor Center.

Mar
12
Sun
Helen Fenske: Activist, Environmentalist, and (Most Importantly) My Mother — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin Karl Fenske as he shares memories of growing up during the fight to save Great Swamp from becoming a jetport. We are celebrating the 114th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and there will be cake! Visitor Center.

Mar
23
Thu
Spring Woodcock Walk @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm

Paw PrintWoodcockWatch and listen to the elaborate mating displays of the American woodcock. Halfhour indoor program followed by a guided walk on Pleasant Plains Road. Program and walk led by Pete Axelrod. Dress warmly. Visitor Center.

Mar
26
Sun
Spring Woodcock Walk @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm

Paw PrintWoodcockWatch and listen to the elaborate mating displays of the American woodcock. Halfhour indoor program followed by a guided walk on Pleasant Plains Road. Program and walk led by Pete Axelrod. Dress warmly. Visitor Center.

Apr
9
Sun
Troy Meadows—A Neglected Treasure — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintLocated in Morris County, this large wetland marsh is home to a diverse population of wildlife and birds. Join photographer Dave Blinder and Land Manager Len Fariello on a photo tour. Visitor Center.

May
14
Sun
All About Bluebirds — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintLearn all about bluebirds with volunteer Leo Hollein. Indoor presentation followed by a peek inside an active bluebird nest box. Visitor Center.

Jun
11
Sun
Lenapes In New Jersey — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Jun 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintLearn about the lore and culture of the native Americans who historically inhabited this area. Refreshments. Visitor Center.

Jul
9
Sun
Meet the Interns — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Jul 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin the young people who have been working at the Refuge this summer and learn about their adventures. Visitor Center.

Aug
13
Sun
Hummingbirds — Flying Jewels — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin us as volunteer Dave Katz amazes us with all things hummingbird. Visitor Center.

Sep
10
Sun
Living in Bear Country — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin Visitor Services Manager Jon Rosenberg for a special program on black bears. Visitor Center.