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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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.

Jan
14
Sun
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.

Jan
19
Fri
Refuge Readers @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Salt by Mark Kurlansky. Copies are available for loan. New members welcome. Visitor Center.

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 PrintJoin us for popcorn and a movie (movie to be announced). Visitor Center.

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.

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.