Invasive Plant ID Hike

Please remember to register separately at GreatSwamp.org. Your RSVP here does not mean that the host organization knows you are coming.

Aliens are all around us. In fact they might even be taking over…seriously! When it comes to plants that are not from around these parts, New Jersey has more than its fair share. Can you tell the difference between a beneficial native plant and an alien invader? Few people can.

Lots of people are surprised to find out that their prized shrubs and other backyard plants are actually saboteurs in leafy disguises. Sure, they look green and healthy in spring, and some even put on a magnificent fireworks display in the fall; but, behind the seductive mask, they are really dastardly non-native invasive species capable of strangling healthy forests and exacerbating problems with clean water.

Click here to download and print an event flyer!

The truth is out there!  Join Hazel England—GSWA’s very own resident alien species—to find out why non-native, invasive plants pose a threat to us. Learn how to identify them, how to control them effectively, and how to choose home-grown native plants for your home that are both beautiful to look at and attractive to desirable wildlife. GSWA’s 53-acre Conservation Management Area provides the perfect natural laboratory for observing both native and non-native invasive plants where they grow.!

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Participation is capped at 30 people, so advanced registration is strongly recommended. Register online at www.GreatSwamp.org or call (973)[masked] x22. If you are not a current GSWA member, please consider making a donation in support of this event when you register. Click here to register to attend and see levels of suggested donations.

This program includes a short hike over level ground and the occasional boardwalk. Please dress for the weather. Conditions may be wet, muddy, hot, or cold. Boots or other sturdy footwear recommended. You are welcome to bring your own field guide.

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  • Laura K.
    Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Steven R.
    Affiliation: Great Swamp Watershed Association, Organizer
    Event Host

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