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January 2024

January 18 at 7:00 pm - April 1 at 12:00 pm

Plant for Pollinators Webinar Series – FREE

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Zoom Webinar, Morristown, NJ United States + Google Map

Building a "Jersey-friendly yard" creates a healthy foundation of soil, conserves water, attracts and supports wildlife, and adds beauty and interest to your home landscape. Leading up to our 4th annual online Native Pollinator Plant Sale on April 1, we have secured three nationally recognized and diverse speakers to present at monthly webinars. Scroll to the very bottom and register to attend all 4 programs at once at the click of a button. This streamlined registration not only guarantees timely reminder emails with the Zoom link for each of the four talks, but also ensures that you receive recording links for all four webinars within 48 hours of each talk’s…

March 2024

March 13 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pollinator Conservation: Creating and Protecting Habitat for NJ’s Bees, Butterflies, and Biodiversity

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Zoom Webinar, Morristown, NJ United States + Google Map

Pollinators and other beneficial insects are experiencing drastic and widespread declines making pollinator conservation a national and New Jersey priority. However, we can all play a role in protecting pollinators and beneficial insects and the important ecological services they provide. Join the Xerces Society’s Kelly Gill to learn how you can best support pollinators in your NJ yard, garden, and local landscapes by planting native flowering plants, enhancing nesting and overwintering habitat, and reducing pesticide risk. Kelly will include case studies on pollinators included in this year’s plant kits and focus on pollinator needs throughout the seasons.     Register for the 1 remaining webinars in this 4-part series: Apr…

March 14 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SOLD OUT: Pollinator Box Workshop

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT Please email [email protected] if you need to cancel, or to be placed on a waitlist Did you know some bees don’t live in hives? Come get the scoop about pollinator boxes and how they benefit the environment. This workshop will be “the bee’s knees!” (We apologize for that.) Join us for an evening of building, learning and all-around good fun as we talk about the importance of solitary bees and pollinator habitats to the ecosystem, and build a pollinator box of your own to take home! Cost: $30/box. This workshop is limited to the first 10 people who register. Missing this event will really…

March 16 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Signs of Spring Hike

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Garret Mountain Reservation, Lambert Castle Parking Lot, 3 Valley Rd.
Paterson, NJ 07424 United States
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Spring is just around the corner, and all the plants and animals around us are preparing for the upcoming season. Come learn about how our flora and fauna survive the winter season, and what cues let them know that spring is coming. You will also get to learn some history of the area! Weather conditions in early March can be extremely variable, so please make sure to dress appropriately. The hike will be just over 3 miles long with 400 feet of elevation change.

March 28 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vernal Pool Hike

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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s CMA, 1 Tiger Lily Ln
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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With temperatures rising, the forest floor will be hopping with new life as frogs and other amphibians crowd into shallow puddles of water to breed and lay their eggs. These puddles, called vernal pools, provide a perfect opportunity to learn more about Mother Nature here in New Jersey. But we have to hurry! They disappear quickly. This annual Vernal Pool Exploration provides a fun, outdoor learning experience for kids and adults alike. Discover the differences between a spring peeper, a chorus frog, and a wood frog. Find out how far an endangered spotted salamander will walk to find a mating pool. And, learn how much everything we have come to…

April 2024

April 1 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Plants for Pollinators Plant Sale Overview

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Zoom Webinar, Morristown, NJ United States + Google Map

To launch Day 1 of our 4th Annual Plants for our Pollinators sale, GSWAs’ Director of Education and Stewardship and resident pollinator expert Hazel England England will provide an in-depth look at each of the Thirty-Seven 2024 selections being offered as individual species and within six kits suitable for a range of garden conditions.  Hazel will review why native plants are important, cover the new species in this year’s sale, and delve into the various pollinator species these native plants will particularly attract.  Learn more about how to start, add, or amend your growing native pollinator garden.  You’ll leave energized knowing the amazing benefits these 37 different native species can…

April 7 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stream Assessment Training- FREE

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Morristown & Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Unless there's obvious pollution in the river or stream, to the untrained eye, the water may look healthy. But is it? This free training session, led by Sandra LaVigne, GSWA Director of Water Quality Programs, will provide you with all the necessary skills to make your own determinations. There will be an indoor training which will be hybrid for those who can not attend in person. This session teaches you how to conduct visual and biological stream assessments and recognize environmental factors that could impact stream health. This will be followed by a outdoor field training to practice your new-found skills at a local stream site. By the afternoon, you…

April 11 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Plant Program Panel / Q&A

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Zoom Webinar, NJ United States + Google Map

3 friendly, local native plant enthusiasts with years of experience will be available in an interactive webinar to help answer your questions and share advice about choosing, planting, growing and sustaining native plants. You will be able to email questions in advance or ask them during the webinar. Bridget Daley has been an avid gardener for 20+ years. In the last few years, she has immersed herself in learning about and planting native plants. In her yard, Bridget has been shrinking the lawn and removing non-natives -- many of which she previously planted -- including common invasives like English ivy. So far she has replaced them with 71 species of…

April 11 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

GSWA Water Quality Report Card- Free

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Morristown & Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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How's the water? That is the most common question we get from onlookers when we are out collecting water quality samples. Join Sandra LaVigne, GSWA's Director of Water Quality Programs, for an in-depth recap on the health of our streams and water quality data results from 2023. Bring your questions for the Q&A session at the end. “The earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” – Mahatma Gandhi

April 13 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Volunteer for Community Workday

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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s CMA, 1 Tiger Lily Ln
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Ready to get a little dirty and sweaty in the swamp? Need community service hours? College students, are you looking for something worthy to add to your resume?! Join us on Saturday at the GSWA Conservation Management Area (CMA) to help us steward the land. We will work from 10AM to 1PM and enjoy some well-earned snacks. We could really use your help getting our CMA tidied up by helping us with the following tasks: Carry in lumber • Build and elevate boardwalks which allows hikers to get through flooded areas • Clear branches and limbs from recent storms • Remove invasive plants • Spread woodchips on our trails.  …

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