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
Refuge Readers @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. Copies are available for loan. New members welcome. Visitor Center.

Annual Turkey Walk @ Bluebird Parking Lot on Pleasant Plains Road
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Turkey WalkPaw PrintBack by popular demand. Join us as we walk off that Thanksgiving turkey on an informal walk into the Management Area, normally closed to the public. Walk is 1-1/2 mile round-trip on a service road, not suitable for young children or strollers. Meet at the Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township NJ.

Double Discount Days at the Friends Nature Shop @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day

10% off all purchases—20% for members. Get your holiday shopping done early and help your favorite place—Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. All Nature Shop proceeds help fund Refuge projects. Visitor Center.

Friends Member Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friends' LogoFor all Friends Members. Pot luck dinner and business meeting. Bring a favorite dish to share.

Christmas Bird Count — Citizen Science Opportunity! @ Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road
Dec 16 all-day

This is an annual count when thousands of people, all over the country, spend a day counting birds, gathering data on the number and species of birds seen and heard. Even if you are a novice birder, you can join a team — and learn from the many birding experts. It’s fun, easy, and a nice day outdoors. Call the Visitor Center for more information and contacts.

Prefer to stay indoors? The Friends will be counting the birds at our feeders. Join us and learn the common winter feeder birds and contribute to the Christmas Bird Count data.

Who Uses a Wood Duck Box? — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintOwl in Wood Duck BoxJoin volunteer Leo Hollein for a fascinating look at wood ducks and the many other wildlife species which make use of Refuge wood duck boxes. Optional walk to check out a wood duck box. Will we find a roosting screech owl? Visitor Center.