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.
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Nov
5
Sun
Gardenkeepers Work Day @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for Fall garden cleanup and to put up the winter bird feeders. Visitor Center.

Nov
8
Wed
Annual Refuge Deer Hunt @ Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Nov 8 – Nov 11 all-day

Refuge closed; Visitor Center open.

Nov
11
Sat
Volunteer Orientation @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 11 @ 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.

Volunteer Orientation @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn about volunteer opportunities at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor Center.

Nov
12
Sun
All About The Passaic River Watershed — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin Gigi Graham, Watershed Ambassador, with a special program on the Passaic River, its history, and the critters living in the river. Optional walk to the Passaic River. Visitor Center.

Nov
17
Fri
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.

Nov
25
Sat
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.

Dec
1
Fri
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.

Dec
2
Sat
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.

Dec
16
Sat
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.