Things to See and Do

From hiking and biking, to horseback riding and kayaking, there are countless outdoor activities to enjoy in this area. What adventure will you go on today?



Watershed Friendly Homes

Every individual home has an effect on non-point source pollution in our watershed. Learn more about what you can do to minimize your impact with our interactive home guide.




Riverkeepers are on the frontlines of the global water crisis, using the advocacy model to stand up for everyone’s right to clean water. GSWA is the Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate for the Passaic River.


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Caribbean Rum Tour

August 24 at 5:30 pm
Join us for another legendary tasting event on Thursday, August 24th. This time, we’re presenting a Caribbean Rum Tour! Taste eight different rums and finger-foods from countries in the Caribbean;…

BYO Boat, Paddle the Passaic

August 26 at 9:00 am
Grab your kayak or canoe and join GSWA for an immersive river journey as we paddle downstream on the Passaic River. During your trip, you will explore the calm waters…

August Moonlight Hike

August 31 at 7:00 pm
Experience our trails in a new light - moonlight! Join Education Director, Hazel England, on a warm summer's moonlit night through our conservation management area and learn to identify owls,…

All Upcoming Events

From hikes to educational workshops, GSWA offers a wide variety of environmentally focused programs. We'd love to have you join us at an upcoming event!
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Featured Programs


In-School Education

GSWA is dedicated to teaching the younger generations about their impact on the watershed and river. Every year, we reach over 2,000 students through our in-school programming.


Water Quality

Every year, we publish a Water Quality Report Card to help the public understand the data we collect and the issues our watershed faces. Learn more about our recent report card.

Report Card

Land Stewardship

We steward our 53-acre deer-fenced Conservation Management Area in Harding Township by eliminating invasive species, planting native species, and optimizing it for wildlife.




GSWA in Action

Want to learn more about GSWA and the work that we do? View our photo gallery to see us in action.
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Current News


Rain Gardens Built at Paterson Schools to Capture 500,000 Gallons Of Water

The two rain gardens being installed at School 4 and School 28 will prevent 500,000 gallons of water from entering the city’s combined sewer system. Both gardens will also create greenspace in the asphalt playgrounds…
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The Economic Impact of Parks

In light of the current Presidential proposals and plans for defunding certain types of nationally owned land, it is good to consider how the Great Swamp region is lucky enough to benefit from…
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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Look back in your own family history and you’ll surely find the cultivation of vegetables, herbs, and flowers played a significant role in your ancestors’ lives.
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