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Education Programs

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Learn more about what’s happening in and around the Great Swamp Watershed region by joining us for one of our upcoming educational programs.

These outdoor and indoor events are fun and informative for people of all ages and skill levels.

To register for an event, click the registration link below its description or visit our Event Registration page. If you prefer to register by phone, please call (973) 538-3500 x22.

Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change or cancellation. If an email address or phone number is provided at time of registration, GSWA will make every effort to inform pre-registered participants about scheduling changes. Updated scheduling information is also available by calling our Event Information Hotline at 973-538-3500 x22.

 

Fall/Winter 2014 Education Programs

 

Pond Dip Adventure For Kids

Thursday, August 28, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

GSWA’s Conservation Management Area, 1 Tiger Lily Lane, Harding Township, NJ

 

Bullfrog in Duckweed. Copyright ©2009 Blaine RothauserIf you don't know a pollywog from a crayfish, then this is the adventure for you!

GSWA's Director of Education and Outreach Hazel England will guide the way while you use dip nets to discover, catch, examine, and release some of the amazing creatures living in the waters of the Great Swamp Watershed!

This is an outdoor event. All participants should be prepared to get wet, so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page. Donations are appreciated.

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Back-To-Swamp Hike at Great Swamp N.W.R.

Sunday, September 28, 2 - 4 p.m.

Bluebird Parking Lot, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township, NJ

 

Credit: A. KaufmanWith school back in full swing, there’s no better opportunity to get back into the Great Swamp for a little relaxation and some of Mother Nature’s best lessons.

Join us to brush up on your bird calls, polish your plant identification, and cogitate on all the critters found in our local forests. GSWA's Director of Education and Outreach Hazel England will take you to explore behind-the-scenes impoundments at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to view various waterfowl and other wildlife.

This is an outdoor event. Conditions may be hot, cold, muddy, or wet. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots, sneakers, or other sturdy footwear are recommended.

Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page.

This is a free event; however, donations made in support of GSWA are appreciated.

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Build A Refuge Garden For The Backyard

Thursday, October 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Great Swamp Watershed Association, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

 

Credit: istock.com/audreynoltepainterJoin GSWA and landscape architect Tony Berardo for an exploration of the philosophical, aesthetic, and practical elements of creating a small-space "refuge" garden in your backyard. These outdoor spaces offer a quiet place where one can meditate, practice yoga, read, nap, or just revel in the sounds, smells, and visual activity of nature.

Tony Berardo is the owner of Cross River Design of Annandale, NJ—one of America’s premier design-build landscape architecture firms. He offers broad experience and expertise in all matters related to plants and landscape design.

This is an indoor event. Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page. Donations are appreciated.

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Swamp Explorers for Kids

Monday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

GSWA’s Conservation Management Area, 1 Tiger Lily Lane, Harding Township, NJ

 

Credit: istockphoto.com/kirin_photoDo your kids need something to do on the Columbus Day holiday? If they do, then this is for you!

Parents can hang back and let the kids lead the way during this kid-centric day hike at GSWA’s Conservation Management Area in Harding. GSWA's own nature nut Kelly Martin will be armed with magnifying glasses, binoculars, nets, and more to teach aspiring explorers about wildlife here in the Great Swamp region, and how to find it!

Recommended for kids 6 to 10 year old. This is an outdoor event. Conditions may be hot, cold, muddy, or wet. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots, sneakers, or other sturdy footwear are recommended.

Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page. Donations are appreciated.

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Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop

Thursday, October 16, 6 - 8 p.m.

Great Swamp Watershed Association, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

 

Credit: GSWA/H. EnglandWhen it pours, it stores! Learn how to build and install your own rain barrel.

Why should you get a rain barrel? Use it to capture and store the rain running through your home’s downspout and you’ll routinely have 55 gallons of free water to use around your property. Using a recycled, food-grade barrel and a spigot adapter kit, the Great Swamp Watershed Association will walk you through the simple rain barrel construction process. Take your new barrel home at the end of the workshop and you're ready to hook it up to your home's downspout.

Cost: $75 per kit (includes barrel and spigot). Space is extremely limited, so advanced registration is required. Payment is required at time of registration. This is an indoor event.

Participants are responsible for transporting barrels home at the end of the workshop. No delivery service available. Additional event details available on the registration page.

Want to skip the workshop and buy a ready-to-install rain barrel for just $100? Call (973) 538-3500 for purchase details.

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Insider's Tour of Great Swamp N.W.R.

Sunday, November 16, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Harding Township, NJ
(Please register to receive meeting location prior to the event.)

 

Credit: flickr.com/photos/dendroica (Dendroica cerulea)As the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, there is no better time to visit one of the Refuge’s designated wilderness areas.

Your expert guide will be biologist Dave Sagan. Dave is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ranger and he will be there to help you spot all sorts of wildlife, including frogs, owls, foxes, ducks, and more! He’ll also teach you about the Refuge’s wildlife management plans for deer and carnivores in the area.

This is an outdoor event. Conditions may be hot, cold, muddy, or wet. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots, sneakers, or other sturdy footwear are strongly recommended.

Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page.

This is a free event; however, donations made in support of GSWA are appreciated.

Register for this event!

 

 

Deer & Deer Management In New Jersey

Thursday, November 20, 7 - 8 p.m.

Great Swamp Watershed Association, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

 

Credit: istockphoto.com/mikerogalIf deer are eating your favorite bushes, annuals, and more, then you are already aware of the effects of deer overpopulation in your yard. What you may not be aware of are the many other ecological and socio-economic impacts caused by the high number of deer here in New Jersey. Join GSWA and Dr. Michael Van Clef as we discuss the ramifications of deer overpopulation on a large scale.

Ecologist Michael Van Clef, Ph.D., is the founder of Ecological Solutions, LLC, an environmental conservation consulting firm located in Great Meadows, NJ. Michael has more than 20 years of experience working on the stewardship of rare and invasive plant species, white-tailed deer management, forest and grassland restorations, ecological health monitoring, and natural resource policy. He prepared the New Jersey Invasive Species Council’s New Jersey Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species, serves on the Hopewell Township Deer Management Advisory Committee, and acts as science director for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team. He also serves as a volunteer on other conservation committees.

This is an indoor event. Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page. Donations are appreciated.

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Sold Out!

Night Hike For Families
at Morristown N.H.P., Jockey Hollow

Saturday, December 20, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Morristown National Historical Park, approx. 600 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

 

Credit: flickr.com/photos/zagerfamily (Zager Family)Join GSWA's Director of Education and Outreach Hazel England to learn about nature at night on this early evening hike at the Jockey Hollow Unit of Morristown National Historical Park. We may hear any number of the area’s wild creatures, including owls, foxes, coyotes, and other critters. Hikers will join in some games to learn more about night senses and revel in being out after dark without a flashlight!

Families with younger children are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page.

This is a free event; however, donations made in support of GSWA are appreciated.

Register for this event!

 

 

Sold Out!
Night Hike For Adults at Morristown N.H.P., Jockey Hollow

Saturday, December 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Morristown National Historical Park, approx. 600 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

 

Credit: istockphoto.com/rx3ajlLeave the kids at home and join us for an adults-only night hike!

Learn more about nature at night as you walk the roads and trails of Morristown National Historical Park at Jockey Hollow.

GSWA's Director of Education and Outreach Hazel England will help you hone your night senses as you watch and listen for nighttime forest dwellers, including owls, foxes, coyotes, and more!

Recommended for individuals 12 years of age or older. Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page.

This is a free event; however, donations made in support of GSWA are appreciated.

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Winter Nature Detectives Hike For Kids

Sunday, January 11, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Cross Estate Gardens, 61 Jockey Hollow Rd., Bernardsville, NJ

 

Credit: istockphoto.com/pontcorYou’ll set off in hot pursuit of the region’s most-wanted wintertime wildlife on this day hike at Cross Estate Gardens in Jockey Hollow.

Learn how to identify animals from the tracks they leave. Spy on secret hideouts used by chipmunks, mice, and other woodland creatures. Unmask the dining preferences of deer, raccoons, and even coyotes by putting the magnifying glass to some scat. All this detective work is easier than you think, plus it’s fun and it’s outdoors!

Recommended for children 6 to 12 years old. Space is limited, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Additional event details available on the registration page.

This is a free event; however, donations made in support of GSWA are appreciated.

Register for this event!

 

 

About Events

Registration

Unless otherwise noted, registration is strongly suggested for all educational programming. Please register by clicking the registration link below the event you want to attend. Click the same link for additional event details.

 

Donations

Unless otherwise noted, current GSWA members may participate free of charge.

Unless otherwise noted, non-members are asked to make a voluntary donation of $10/adult and $5/child (6 to 17 years).

Families of 4 or more are asked to contribute $35 for the group.

There is no suggested donation amount for children ages 5 and under. Please refer to the event descriptions for any exceptions.

 

How To Prepare

When attending an outdoor program, please dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions may be wet, muddy, hot, or cold.

Long pants and sturdy shoes or hiking boots are strongly recommended for most hikes and walks.

If applicable, please feel free to bring your own water in a reusable water bottle, and your own snacks. Binoculars and field guides are welcome as conditions permit their use.

You are welcome to bring a flashlight to nighttime outdoor events, but please turn them off as requested.

 


Praying Mantis Blueberry

Scavenger Hunt
Download the form and hike, bike, or drive around the Great Swamp Watershed to find the plants and animals listed on the back. When you’ve found them all, send in your form and get a sur-prize!