October is a beautiful time to hike! GSWA‘s hiking series continues in October. The colors of fall are on full display – between changing leaves and the late blooming wildflowers there just so much to take in. What can you see on our hikes? New England aster shines an intense lavender color that will brighten any cool cloudy day. Be sure to look out for the panicled aster too, these look like an apartment complex of daisies, with small flowerheads that can be anywhere from white to baby pink or very pale purple. These flowers will be magnets for the year’s remaining pollinators. Poison ivy will be changing colors and bearing white berries which will help birds fatten up for the Winter. On the forest floor, chipmunks and squirrels will be busy collecting acorns for their winter storage. Where there are rodents like chipmunks, voles, and white-footed mice there will be slithering snakes and hungry foxes keeping their numbers in check. By late October and early November, birds from the far north will be making their way back to New Jersey like the cheerful white-throated sparrow.
Time: each hike begins at 5pm and ends at 6:30pm
Location: Primrose Farm (see below for google map)
Note: Advance registration is required, space is extremely limited. No walk-ins. Hikers required to wear masks. This event $10 for adults and $5 for children. Register at GreatSwamp.org or call 973-538-3500. Programs are offered subject to current advisory status from the Governor’s office. Also, please “go before you go” as there are no available facilities at the site. If you must cancel a reservation, please email knecovska@GreatSwamp.org so we can invite the next person on the wait-list.