Education and Outreach

GSWA fosters environmental awareness and promotes environmental education for people of all ages. We help bring environmental learning to life in the classroom by giving students a hands-on way to understand the effects that human beings have on the health of our rivers, lakes and streams. We provide teacher training workshops that help educators bring the principles of environmental science into local school districts. And, we offer family-friendly environmental education programs to area residents, municipal officials and others members of the public interested in learning about all the natural and cultural wonders located inside the Great Swamp Watershed.

Video of Columbus Day 2016 hike

GSWA’s 2016 Columbus Day Hike was recently featured on Verizon Fios Push Pause News. The video, featuring director of education, Hazel England, can be viewed here.

Environmental Education Programs

Geocaching Workshop 2011Learn more about what’s happening in and around the Great Swamp Watershed region by joining us for one of our upcoming educational programs. These outdoor and indoor events are fun and informative for people of all ages and skill levels.

Our seasonal Breakfast Briefing series was developed to help busy professionals stay informed about community environmental issues without taking valuable time away from work or family life. Presentations are kept brief, focus on current environmental topics, and minimize overlap with most traditional business hours. These lecture-and-discussion events are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Exceptions to this schedule are noted in the event descriptions below, so please read them carefully.

See our Events page to see what’s coming up.

Classroom Instruction

Watershed ModelGSWA helps teachers bring environmental education to life in the classroom. Our three-dimensional watershed model vividly illustrates to students how the actions of individual people and groups affect the quality of water in our lakes, rivers and streams. The model also helps simplify the concepts of point and nonpoint source pollution. GSWA educators have delivered their watershed model program in dozens of schools, reaching more than 1,500 children to date. Program is offered year-round depending upon availability of instructors.

For more information about the Watershed Model program or to schedule a classroom visit, please contact Hazel England, GSWA’s Director of Education and Outreach, at 973-538-3500 x20 or by writing to

Programs For Educators

Learning about the importance of water is a vital part of any student’s academic career. Join the Great Swamp Watershed Association hands-on, fun-packed teacher workshops to learn more about integrating water resource education, environmental stewardship, and critical thinking skills into your current curriculum.

Teacher training workshops focus on state-approved core content and are suitable for use in the classroom or Nature Center for teaching across curriculum. Topics include water conservation, the water cycle, biodiversity, wildlife habitats, and more.


Scavenger Hunt

Download the form and hike, bike, or drive around the Great Swamp Watershed to find the plants and animals listed on the back. When you’ve found them all, send in your form and get a sur-prize!

praying mantis

For more information about any of our Education & Outreach programming, please contact Hazel England, GSWA’s Director of Education & Outreach by calling 973-538-3500 x 20 or writing to

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Upcoming Events
DEP Comparative Risk Study
Conservation Tips
BioBlitzes 2007, 2009, 2011
Be Heard! Citizen Advocacy Program Booklet (pdf)