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First Ever Peer to Peer Workshop At Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, July 8, 2014
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Kathy Woodward gives opening remarks.
Kathy Woodward gives opening remarks. - Photo Credit: Friends of Great Swamp

The Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge hosted the nation's first Friends Peer-to-Peer workshop, June 27 and 28, 2014 at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. They applied for and received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to organize the two day event, which included networking opportunities along with inspiring and educational presentations for ten refuge groups in four states (PA, NJ, DE, NY). Dr. Mamie Parker's keynote address "Radical Collaboration" set the stage for discussions focused on communications,partnerships,volunteers and the new FWS Friends Policy. Presenters included National Friends Coordinator Joanna Webb, Regional Visitor Services and Communications Coordinator Kate Toniolo,  Director of Grassroots Outreach for NWRA Joan Patterson, Writer/Editor for NWR SystemKaren Leggett, Tualatin River NWR Friends Board President Cheryl Hart, and Friends and staff from Great Swamp, Forsythe, Wertheim, Cherry Vally and Heinz NWRs.The weekend included tours of the Refuge boardwalks, Friends' native plant gardens, kid-friendly Nature Detective Trail, and newly completed handicapped accessible Bockoven nature trail.

Contact Info: Jonathan Rosenberg, 973-425-0215 x 115, jonathan_rosenberg@fws.gov
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