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April 2019
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 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 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 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…

March 2019
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…

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 14 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

3/14: Evening Briefing: Eco-friendly Cleaning Products (Free)

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Parsippany Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054 United States
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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…

March 12 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

3/12: Evening Briefing: 2018 Water Quality Report Card

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Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901
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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 discussed. Registration is required. Register online at GreatSwamp.org or call 973-538-3500. This free program is co-sponsored by GSWA and Summit Free Public Library. 

March 12 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am

3/12: Breakfast Briefing: Environmentally Sound Lawncare & Gardening

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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A lush, green lawn, beautiful native plants, and a garden that yields healthy produce. This is something many of us strive for each year. But at what cost to our water supply an environment? There are a variety of ways to conserve water and eliminate weeds using sustainable techniques. And now is the time to find out about these solutions, before the last bit of snow melts. Join us as Amy Rowe, Ph. D., County Agent, Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, demonstrates environmentally sound techniques to get the most out of our gardens this year! Registration is required.

March 6 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

3/6: Frog Watch & CoCoRaHS Training Workshop – Become a Citizen Volunteer

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Do you know your spring peepers from your wood frogs?  Have a passion for weather? Hop on over to GSWA Headquarters for this dual, hands-on citizen science program training session where you can become an official FrogWatch and/or CoCoRaHS neighborhood volunteer. Eric Jackson, Environmental Educator at Hartshorn Arboretum, will train you to properly log your frog and toad sightings, which helps establish long-term and large-scale data on amphibian populations. David Robinson of CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) will teach you to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) joining a network of other backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds who do the same in…

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