There are lots of ways to help GSWA protect our waters and our land. Here are two upcoming opportunities for you, your family, and your friends to become GSWA volunteers. Please register online by clicking the Volunteer link below its description, or go to our online Event Registration page.
Both of our scheduled volunteer events include outdoor components. Please dress for the weather. Conditions may be wet and muddy. Long pants and sturdy shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Long sleeves are optional, but recommended. Feel free to bring your own water in a reusable water bottle.
Volunteer Work Day at the Conservation Management Area (CMA)
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Spring has sprung! It’s time to volunteer for an outdoor work day at Great Swamp Watershed Association’s 53-acre Conservation Management Area (CMA) in Harding, NJ. GSWA needs help on Saturday, April 6—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—to maintain and improve access to this secluded natural treasure. Tasks will be varied and may include trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and cleaning nest boxes for our feathered friends in advance of spring migration. There’s still some damage from Hurricane Sandy that needs to be addressed too, so please help us get this public open space ready for new springtime visitors! All tools and supplies provided. Just bring your energy and enthusiasm! New volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver before beginning work. Approximately 20 volunteers are needed.
GSWA Conservation Management Area, 1 Tiger Lily Ln., Harding Township, NJ.
Stream Restoration Project for Volunteers
Sunday, May 5, 1—4 p.m.
Volunteers will focus their efforts on improving the pond buffer around Kitchell Pond, which flows into Loantaka Brook. A pond buffer can help improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff into the pond, absorbing pollutants in the runoff, and reducing bank erosion. In this case, volunteers will add new native plants and remove invasive plants from the buffer. Native plants can absorb more stormwater runoff than invasive plants, and serve as important wildlife habitat. Participants should gather at Kitchell Pond (75 Kitchell Road, Morristown). Volunteer work docket is subject to change without notice.
Kitchell Pond, Loantaka Brook Reservation, 75 Kitchell Road, Morristown, NJ
Stream Assessment Training for Volunteers
Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m.—3 p.m.
Volunteers are always needed to assist GSWA staff with visual assessments of stream health at locations throughout the Great Swamp Watershed. This training session will teach you how to evaluate stream conditions by observing environmental factors like stream bank erosion, nearby land-use issues, and stream flow. This is an indoor/outdoor event. Begin the session indoors by covering stream assessment basics with your instructor. After the presentation, class moves outdoors to practice assessment skills and tasks. Indoor space is limited, so please register right now to reserve a space. Read more about the Visual Assessment Program.
Location: GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ.