Upcoming Events

Registration: Unless otherwise noted, registration is strongly suggested for all educational programming. Please register by clicking the green Tickets button on the detail page (click the Read More button at the end of the description to get to the detail page) for the event you want to attend.

Donations: Unless otherwise noted, current GSWA members may participate free of charge and non-members are asked to make a voluntary donation of $10/adult and $5/child (6 to 17 years). Families of 4 or more are asked to contribute $35 for the group. There is no suggested donation amount for children ages 5 and under. Please refer to the event descriptions for any exceptions.

How to prepare: When attending an outdoor program, please dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions may be wet, muddy, hot, or cold. Long pants and sturdy shoes or hiking boots are strongly recommended for most hikes and walks.

If applicable, please feel free to bring your own water in a reusable water bottle, and your own snacks. Binoculars and field guides are welcome as conditions permit their use.

You are welcome to bring a flashlight to nighttime outdoor events, but please turn them off when requested.


Breakfast Briefing: How to Build Your Own Rain Garden
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

In this in-depth how-to breakfast briefing, GSWA Director of Education and Outreach, Hazel England, will discuss the benefits of managing stormwater by installing a rain garden in your home. Rain Gardens are shallow depressions, planted with shrubs and perennials that absorb stormwater runoff from roofs, driveways, and other impervious surfaces, helping to recharge groundwater, slow flooding, and reduce nonpoint source pollution in our waterways. Hazel will discuss everything from how to pick the right location for your rain garden, to how to create it, and what plants to include. You’ll leave armed with the knowledge needed to create your own rain garden this spring. Registration required. Register online or by calling 973-538-3500.

Breakfast Briefing: Microplastics in Our Water
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Urban watersheds are exposed to high concentrations of microplastic pollution due to the inability of wastewater treatment processes to remove these pollutants from widely used products. Join GSWA and NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Sandra Meola as she discusses her studies on microbead pollution. In her study, microbead densities in Raritan and Passaic River surface waters were calculated, adsorbed persistent organic pollutants and plasticizers were analyzed, and toxicity effects determined by exposing model organisms to microbeads. Project partners Ironbound Community Corporation and NY/NJ Baykeeper participated in water sample collection, analysis, and creation of materials for community education and engagement. Register online or by calling 973-538-3500.