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June 2020
June 3 at 8:00 am - July 1 at 5:00 pm

(Ongoing throughout June) Make-at-home Warbler Nest Box Kit

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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It's as easy as 1-2-3, and just in time for nesting season. Register for this virtual program, collect the boxes from our office in a secure and safe way, then build the box at your leisure at home following our easy to follow, step-by-step instruction guide. We will even be available for technical help should you require it. All you need is a hammer, the kit that we will provide, and a little patience. If you are not sure if you have the right habitat for these amazing warblers, don’t worry, many other cavity nesting birds will utilize constructed boxes. Our follow-along guide contains important and interesting background information to…

June 3 at 8:00 am - July 9 at 5:00 pm

SOLD OUT: DIY Screech Owl Box Kit

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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We’ve got a make-at-home project for you that is sure to be a hoot! This is your opportunity to build a Screech Owl box at home at your own pace. Hanging a Screech Owl box is a great way to encourage these fascinating birds to your backyard so you and your family can experience their seasonal nesting and roosting habits. Eastern Screech Owls reside l ocally year-round, even in suburban areas and adjust well to human presence. Not sure if you have the right habitat for Screech Owls? Don’t worry, Kestrels and other large cavity nesters like flying squirrels are also attracted to constructed boxes. All you will need is…

June 1 at 1:00 pm - August 31 at 5:00 pm

Free Stream Assessment Training (All Summer)

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GSWA made our Stream Assessment Training Class as a take-home guide. This self-paced, four-part series will cover everything you need to know to become a fully trained visual-stream assessment volunteer and ready to conduct an assessment! Not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer? No problem, feel free to enjoy this training course for your own personal river knowledge. Session 1: Explore the types of streams in our area, different characteristics of a stream and why they are important, and how to draw a basic sketch of your stream. Click HERE for Session 1 Stream Assessment Training Guide Click HERE for the Assessment Sheet (Covers pages 1 and 2 of the NJDEP Habitat Assessment)   Session 2: Learn about Habitat parameters such as habitat cover, silt/sediment, and streamflow. Click HERE for Session 2 Stream Assessment Training Guide Click HERE for the Assessment Sheet (Covers page 3 of the NJDEP Habitat Assessment)…

May 2020
May 2 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Screech Owl Box – DIY Kit

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Kit Pickup* Saturday, May 2, 9 - 11 AM Location: GSWA Headquarters, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ Cost: $35/GSWA members, $40/non-members (Box retails for $60) We’ve got a new make-at-home project for you that is sure to be a hoot! This is your opportunity to build a Screech Owl box at home at your own pace. Hanging a Screech Owl box is a great way to encourage these fascinating birds to your backyard so you and your family can experience their seasonal nesting and roosting habits. Eastern Screech Owls reside l ocally year-round, even in suburban areas and adjust well to human presence. Not sure if you have the…

May 1 at 5:00 pm - June 6 at 9:00 am

Spring “Quaran-green” Photo Challenge

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Looking for a great reason to step outdoors? How about a photo challenge with a chance to win a $25 e-gift card 2 times a week! We are offering 2 challenges per week throughout May and the first week of June for a total of 9 - each focusing on a different theme that we will provide you. At the end of each challenge, GSWA staffers will vote on the top 3 photos. The first place photo wins the $25 e-gift card, and the other 2 receive bragging rights as honorable mentions. We will repeat this process until the end of May. As a finale, GSWA staffers will select one photo among all of the submissions as an overall contest winner. This earns the contestant the title of "Best in Show" and the final $25 e-gift card.      Challenge #3 winning photo by Keara…

April 2020
April 24 at 12:00 am - May 4 at 9:00 am

Stay-at-Home Scavenger Hunt

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Our official stay-at-home scavenger hunt has ended, but you can still play for the sake of getting outside and enjoying the benefits of nature. Click the links below to download the game cards. Happy hunting!   Don't let the stay-at-home order get you down! We know everyone is hunkering down at home right now and we want to help you to get outside, have some fun, and explore and observe the natural world, even if that is only your own backyard and neighborhood!  GSWA's Stay-at-Home Scavenger Hunt is an easy family friendly activity to get you outside wherever you are! How to Play: Each Friday at 5 pm, a new scavenger hunt will be uploaded to this event page and be announced on our social media feeds. Look for the “GSWA Stay at Home Scavenger hunt icon ….”Download this scavenger hunt, and spend the next week exploring…

April 21 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

POSTPONED: Whooo Wants to Build a Screech Owl Box?

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Join us for a workshop that is sure to be a hoot! Enjoy an evening of information and a little elbow grease. We will kick-off the workshop by learning about the elusive, silent hunters of the night - owls, followed by the hands-on portion. GSWA will provide you with everything you need to build your own Screech Owl box to take home and hang in your yard. Eastern Screech Owls reside local year-round and adjust well to human presence. Hanging a Screech Owl box is a great way to attract these fascinating birds to your backyard allowing you and your family to experience their seasonal nesting and roosting habits and…

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

POSTPONED: Breakfast Briefing: 2019 Water Quality Report Card

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Location to be announced - please check back Water – you drink it, you bathe your children it in, you sustain your gardens with it. So, don’t you want to know what’s in it? Don’t leave it to your imagination. At Great Swamp Watershed Association, we spend a lot of time in the water all year 'round examining what's going on along your stretch of the Passaic River and beyond. And with all the water quality monitoring we’ve conducted, we have lots of interesting information to share. Come get the low-down from GSWA Director of Water Quality, Sandra LaVigne, as she takes you on a virtual tour of the Passaic River from Mendham through Florham Park to Livingston. She will also outline the plan to expand our sampling on the Passaic further downstream to Little Falls and will provide a readout on GSWA's first full…

April 11 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

POSTPONED: Spring has Sprung Hike at the CMA

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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s CMA, 91 Tiger Lily Ln
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Nature is blooming all around and the critters of our Conservation Management Area are fully awake after a long winter's nap. So, gather up your family and hop on over to check out all the activity at this pre-Easter hike. While the birds are busy making their nests, wood frog tadpoles can be seen swimming about, spring peepers and forest frogs will be calling from the cattail marsh pond, and the woodpeckers will resume drumming at the trees that are starting to bloom. Come reconnect with nature and our woodland friends at this relaxing morning hike.

April 11 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Make-at-home Warbler Nest Box – Ongoing!

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Great Swamp Watershed Association HQ, 568 Tempe Wick Rd
Morristown, NJ 07960 United States
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Frustrated that all the fun events are currently cancelled? We feel the same way! But we have a solution. We have turned our upcoming "Maker Workshop" for a prothonotory warbler nest building into a make at home event.  Just in time for nesting season - register for this virtual program, collect the boxes from our office in a secure and safe way, then build the box at your leisure at home following our easy to follow, step-by-step instruction guide. We will even be available for technical help should you require it.         All you need is a hammer, the kit that we will provide, and a little…

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