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Volunteer Events

Planting at Bayne Park

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.

Volunteer events usually take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Conditions may be wet, muddy, hot, or cold. Appropriate outdoor work clothing and sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots are essential. Feel free to bring your own water in a reusable water bottle, and your own snacks. All other tools and supplies will be provided. Preferred volunteers are 15 or older.

Please call GSWA’s Event Information Hotline at 973-538-3500 x22 or write to for additional event details, including schedule or venue changes. All events are subject to change or cancellation without notice; however, we will try to contact all pre-registered participants via e-mail or telephone if scheduling adjustments are made.


Outdoor Workday for Volunteers

Sunday, March 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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

Help us maintain and improve access to our 55-acre Conservation Management Area (CMA) located in Harding Township, NJ. This secluded natural treasure includes areas of upland forest, swamp, marsh, and other wetlands. Tasks will be varied and may include trail maintenance, fence repair, and invasive plant removal. It’s time to prepare the CMA for springtime visitors!

A free continental breakfast will be provided for all volunteers.

Register online or call (973) 538-3500 x22. New volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver before beginning work.

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Visual Stream Assessment Training for Volunteers

Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Great Swamp Watershed Association, 568 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ

If you are interested in becoming a GSWA stream monitoring volunteer or you just want to learn more about stream health, this training is for you! An early-morning indoor classroom session helps you learn how to conduct a visual stream assessment and recognize environmental factors that may impact stream health. A late-morning outdoor session helps you practice your new-found skills at a local stream site.

By the afternoon, you will be a fully trained visual-stream-assessment volunteer ready to conduct a new assessment! As an added bonus, students will also learn how to conduct a separate macroinvertebrate assessment. This training will be led by the AmeriCorp New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program.

For the first time ever, GSWA will host a regional training featuring Watershed Ambassadors from four different watershed management areas (WMAs) within the state: the Pompton-Pequannock-Wanaque-Ramapo River region (aka WMA 3); the Lower Passaic-Saddle River region (aka WMA 4); the Hackensack-Hudson-Pascack River region (aka WMA 5); and the Upper/Middle Passaic-Whippany-Rockaway River region (aka WMA 6).

Register online or call (973) 538-3500 x22. New volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver before beginning work.

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Outdoor Workday for Volunteers — Bayne Park

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – noon

Bayne Park, Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ

Help GSWA maintain the vegetated pond buffers planted around Harding Township’s Bayne Pond in 2011. These buffers are working to improve water quality by slowing down stormwater runoff. They also help absorb pollutants carried by runoff before they enter the pond.

Volunteers will help maintain deer and goose fencing from mature planting beds, weed, spread mulch, and conduct other maintenance tasks. Once the work is done, all volunteers are invited to celebrate the hard work they have done at a free luncheon courtesy of Harding Township’s Kemmerer Library. The luncheon will take place at the library building which is located across the street from Bayne Park at 19 Blue Mill Road.

Register online or call (973) 538-3500 x22. New volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver before beginning work.

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Volunteering at the CMA
Water Quality Monitoring