Learn more about what’s happening in and around the Great Swamp Watershed region by joining us for one of our upcoming outdoor events. These programs are fun and informative for people of all ages and skill levels.
To register for a program, click the Register link below its description or visit our Event Registration page. 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 973-538-3500x22.
Evening Hike at Great Swamp N.W.R. with Biologist Dave Sagan
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
As the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (Great Swamp N.W.R.) prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Wilderness Act, 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 more about the Refuge's wildlife management plans for deer and carnivores in the area.
Waterproof footwear is strongly recommended for this event. Participation is free, although donations to Great Swamp Watershed Association are gratefully accepted. Strict limit of 20 participants.
Spooky Swamp Walk (Halloween Event)
Friday, October 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Come in costume or come as you are to this outdoor celebration of all things that go bump in the Great Swamp at night! Is there a troll under that bridge? A wild, swamp man in the trees? A demon dog on the loose?
Young or old, little or big, all of the ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and witches who appear will go on a special nighttime tour of the darkest trails, eeriest boardwalks, and blackest recesses of GSWA's own small corner of New Jersey's Great Swamp. Expect lots of fun and lots of surprises as you trek through forest and marsh after sunset.
All participants are respectfully asked to contribute $10/adult and $5/child (6 to 17 years). Families of 4 or more are asked to contribute $35 for the entire group. Children 5 and under are free.
Wilderness Hike – Green Village to Meyersville
Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. – Noon
Crisp air and the last of fall's fireworks display await as GSWA's Director of Education & Outreach Hazel England guides you along one of the less-travelled paths through the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge's Wilderness Area. Limited to 30 participants.
Participation in free, although donations to the Great Swamp Watershed Association are gratefully accepted. Waterproof footwear is strongly recommended for this event.
"Full Long Nights Moon" Hike at Primrose Farm
Sunday, December 15, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
December's "Full Long Nights Moon" (aka, "Full Cold Moon") is aptly named. After all, this is the time of year when nights become long and dark, and the moon itself spends much of its time above the horizon line, opposite a low sun.
Join us for our first-ever night hike at the recently preserved Primrose Farm property in Harding Township. Weather permitting; the stars will shine bright as we listen for the calls of coyotes, owls, and other wildlife prowling the forests and meadows of this special 113-acre open space. Don't miss out on seeing the branches of Primrose Farm's venerable oak tree silhouetted against the light of a full moon! Limited to 30 participants.
Participation is free, although donations to the Great Swamp Watershed Association are gratefully accepted.
Registration & Donation. Registration is requested for all outdoor programming. Please register for an event by clicking the registration link below the event description. Click the same link for additional event details.
In most cases, current GSWA members participate free of charge. Unless otherwise directed, nonmembers are asked to make a voluntary contribution of $10/adult and $5/child (6 to 17 years). Families of 4 or more are aske to give a contribution of $35 for the group. There is no suggested contribution 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 for the weather. Conditions may be wet, muddy, hot, or cold. Long pants and sturdy shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Feel free to bring your own water in a reusable water bottle, and your own snacks. Binoculars and field guides are welcome where conditions permit use. Flashlights are welcome at nighttime events, but please turn them off when requested by the guide.
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!