50 Years of the Wilderness Act
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in northern NJ, only 26 miles west of Times Square, is an oasis protected by the Wilderness Act.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
Know Before You Go
While out on the refuge, waterproof footgear or old sneakers are recommended during most seasons in the Wilderness Area. Mosquitoes, ticks, and deer flies may be numerous from May to September throughout the refuge, so insect repellent and protective clothing are advisable. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, which has been found in the area.Plan Your Visit
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
On Sept 3rd Great Swamp celebrated with the nation the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and many dignitaries gathered at the Helen C Fenske Visitor Center to celebrate Wilderness across the country. Click the link below to watch a recording of the event.Watch the Event Here!
There are a wide variety of visitor activities available at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, environmental education and hunting.Learn more about activities on the refuge.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located only 26 miles west of New York City’s Times Square. It is a 12-square-mile natural oasis in an area that is mostly suburban, making the refuge an outstanding area for migrating waterfowl to stop, rest and feed on their migration.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Main photo - Jim Mulvey
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015