How many people live, work, play, or just pass through New Jersey's Great Swamp region every day? The answer is "a lot." (Just think about the I-287 corridor from Bernardsville to Morristown, and you'll have a better idea.) Most of those folks haven't got a clue about the amazing natural landscapes tucked away inside the swamp's 55-square mile watershed. Hopefully, this group can remedy the situation by getting more people out to experience and learn about Great Swamp, its wild inhabitants, and the critical role it plays as an environmental resource here in New Jersey. Whether you're an environmentalist, a hiker, a biker, a paddler, a walker, a scientist, a birdwatcher, an amateur naturalist, a tourist, a commuter, a socially responsible business owner, a socially conscious citizen, or just someone who likes to take a stroll outside from time to time, you are welcome in this group. All you need to do is love Great Swamp and want to see it waters and its lands protected from environmental harm. And, don't forget, we don't just mean the federally protected area inside the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge--that's just 7,768 aces. We're talking about the entire Great Swamp region--35,200 acres--that are joined together by an entire system of streams, ponds, wetlands, forests, meadow, and other geographic features that form a watershed. We will post environmentally oriented meetups here along with eco-friendly recreational events provided they take place in, impact on, or are directly related to New Jersey's Great Swamp region. I'll admit up front that the initial events posted here will be related to the Great Swamp Watershed Association, where I work and which I represent in my professional life. As an ordinary citizen of one of the 10 Great Swamp towns, I'll try my best to pull in events from other people and organizations as best I can, but I hope that, as others find this meetup, more people and organizations will get involved so we can make this a truly comprehensive list of happening. That's all I've got for now. Write me if you have questions.

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    "I enjoy a number of outdoor activities including hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling. And I sometimes pursue these activities in the Great Swamp. In fact, I chose to live near the swamp and enjoy all of its many offerings."
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    "Moving back to central Jersey, and the Great Swamp area!"
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    "I love the Great Swamp and am looking for more opportunities to explore it and people to explore it with."
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