Upcoming Events

Invasive Species Control Work Day. Thursdays, May 28, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23 9 a.m.-noon. Help control invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Visitor Center.

Great Swamp Strike Team Work Days. Fridays, June 5 & 19, July 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Help eradicate emerging invasive plant species. Work days on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.

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Refuge Ramble. Sunday, June 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Informal guided walk. Visitor Center.

Garden Work Day. Thursday, June 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Help weed and plant. No experience necessary. Visitor Center.

Refuge Readers. Friday, June 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Book TBA. Copies are available for loan at the Visitor Center. New members always welcome. Visitor Center.

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Junior Duck Stanp Exhibit & Awards Ceremony. Sunday, June 28, 1:30—3 p.m. Join us to recognize and celebrate the young artists who entered the 2015 N.J. Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Visitor Center.

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Second Sunday with Friends — Meet the Interns. Sunday, July 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come and meet these enthusiastic summer interns as they “show and tell” what they’ve been doing this summer! You’ll learn a lot, and be inspired! Guaranteed! Visitor Center.

Volunteer Orientation. Sunday, July 19, 1:30—3 p.m. For new volunteers. Come and learn about volunteer opportunities. Visitor Center.

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All wildlife, from birds to mammals to butterflies, depend upon certain foods and only thrive when these foods are available. For many species, this means certain plants. Invasive plants disrupt this balance by growing and spreading rapidly, crowding out the native species that wildlife depend upon for survival. Let’s make choices and take action to help restore native plants, preserving wildlife by maintaining their habitat!

How can you help stop the invasion?

  • Join the Strike Team! Friday mornings: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the Great Swamp Strike Team works to eradicate emerging invasive plant species. Join in on Fridays, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 19, July 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Join the Invasive Plant Species Control Team! Thursday morning work days on: Thursdays, May 28, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23 9 a.m.-noon. This group helps control invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Buy native plants for your yard and garden! There are many beautiful options. With information from the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, or Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, you will know what to look for (and avoid) when you purchase plants or raise them from seed.

Join the GardenKeepers. Help showcase native plants to inspire Great Swamp visitors to grow them at home, supporting all types of wildlife including birds and pollinators! Work days at the display gardens at the Helen Fenske Vistor’s Center are scheduled at various times. No experience needed! Upcoming days include Thursday, June 18, and Sunday, July 12. For details, see the calendar of events.

Garden Keepers

Garden Keepers

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Click on the Great Swamp NWR link in the top right corner below to go to the eBird website. There you can look at the data in more detail.