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March 2019
March 29 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/29 Vernal Pool Exploration Hike

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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s CMA, 83 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, better known as 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…

March 31 at 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

SOLD OUT – 3/31: Paterson Falls Explorer Hike and Tour

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Paterson Great Falls National Park, 72 McBride Ave,
Paterson, NJ United States
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We are sorry to say this event is sold out. Please check out other exciting upcoming events at GSWA on our website: https://www.greatswamp.org/events/   Explore Paterson from the other end of the Passaic. Join us for an afternoon of nature and natural history. Ilyse Goldman, Interpreter at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, will guide us on an informative hike through the area where will check out the new viewing platform to explore the 77-foot high waterfall. From there we’ll hike along the old raceway, and we'll even squeeze in a museum visit. It's a great opportunity to gain insight into the importance of Paterson, the first planned industrial…

April 2019
April 4 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

4/4: Evening Briefing – Environmentally Sound Cleaning Products

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Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901
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Did you ever stop to think about what it is you're really spraying on your countertops and floors? It's possible that the residue left behind may actually be harmful to our family, pets, our local environment, and our regional water supply. Some super effective, eco-friendly alternative solutions come from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen; things like white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Believe it or not, it all really works! Come learn about the ingredients found in our personal and household cleaning products you may want to avoid, and how products labeled as "environmentally safe" are not all created equal - and why you should be…

April 6 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

4/6: Stream Assessment Training (Free)

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Florham Park Library, 107 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932 United States
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Want to try something a little different? How about becoming a stream monitoring volunteer? Even if you just want to learn about stream health, this free, interactive training opportunity may be just the thing for you! An indoor classroom session teaches you how to conduct visual and biological stream assessments, identify macroinvertebrates, and recognize environmental factors that may impact stream health. An outdoor session lets you practice your new-found skills at a local stream site. By afternoon, you will be a fully trained visual-stream assessment volunteer and ready to conduct an assessment! Bring a pair of boots and clean shoes to change into. There will be a short walk to…

April 9 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am

4/9: Breakfast Briefing: Getting Rid of Non-recyclables the Right Way

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Can I throw my old computer in the garbage? What do I do with my leftover medications? Is shredded paper recyclable? Disposing of our trash can be somewhat tricky, leaving us with more questions than answers. Gone are the days of tossing everything in a dented metal trash can and forgetting about it. And thank goodness for that! April, known as “spring cleaning” month, is a time to get rid of the stuff that has accumulated around us during our winter hibernation. Let us help you get your home in tip-top shape while keeping Mother Nature happy. We have solutions for the proper disposal of those pesky items we know…

April 15 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

4/15: Evening Briefing – Eco-friendly Lawn & Garden

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Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert H Harp Dr.,
Livingston, NJ 07039 United States
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At this program Great Swamp Watershed Association Director of Education and Outreach, Hazel England, will explain just what gardening for the environment entails. She will share tips on how to use native plants to attract beneficial wildlife into your backyard, how to reduce your water use, and how to minimize gardening pollutants. You’ll learn about the value that wildlife brings, and leave the presentation armed with a trove of information about what you can to plant in order to support local bird, bee, and butterfly populations. This free event is co-sponsored by GSWA and Livingston Public Library.

April 26 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4/26: Hike at Watchung Reservation

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Watchung Reservation, 452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
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Want to explore a deserted village? Do you like scenic gorges and trails that follow the water? Our hike at Watchung Reservation will have all those things and more! Join us for an adventure through the reservation led by GSWA Education Associate, Adam Palmer. We will walk and talk about the winding paths and forest as we adventure alongside the Blue Brook, and we may even stop at Lake Surprise! (It’s a…surprise.)  Registration is required.

May 2019
May 5 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

5/5: Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

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Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert H Harp Dr.,
Livingston, NJ 07039 United States
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Did you ever stop to think about what it is you’re really spraying on your counter tops and floors? It’s possible that the residue left behind may actually be harmful to our family, pets, our local environment, and our regional water supply. Some super effective, eco-friendly alternative solutions come from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen; things like white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Believe it or not, it all really works! Come learn about the ingredients found in our personal and household cleaning products you may want to avoid, and how products labeled as “environmentally safe” are not all created equal – and why you should…

May 14 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am

5/14: Breakfast Briefing: 2018 Water Quality Report Card

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Everyone still asks, “So, how’s the water?” Come out and learn about the water quality along your stretch of the Passaic River and get the answers. Great Swamp Watershed Association Director of Water Quality, Sandra LaVigne, will present the 2018 water quality year in review, with data from our in-depth sampling program that covers the Passaic River from its headwaters in Great Swamp through the Florham Park/Livingston region. GSWA’s new microplastics sampling program will also be reviewed. Registration is required.

May 16 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5/16: Create Your Own Walking Stick Workshop

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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s CMA, 83 Tiger Lily Ln
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Come make your very own walking stick so you can hit the trails with confidence. Retired science teacher turned walking-stick-guru, Brad Koller, leads a fun-filled DIY workshop where you will choose from a variety of rough sticks including red cedar, maple, beech, and iron wood, and walk away with a finished product - and the ability to create one on your own! All tools and safety equipment will be provided. This is one of our most popular workshops and space is limited to the first 14 people who register, so don’t miss out - sign up today! $30/person includes everything you will need.

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