Great Swamp Outdoor Ed. Ctr.

247 Southern Blvd * Chatham Township * NJ 07928

The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (GSOEC), situated on 44 acres of the eastern end of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, serves as an important crossroads between nature and civilization. Walk along two miles of flat trails and boardwalk and enjoy the spectacular views of swamp, marsh, meadow, pond, forest habitats and wildlife. This unusual intermingling of habitats and diverse terrain gives the Great Swamp its unique character.

In the late 1950s, The Great Swamp was chosen as an ideal location for a new Port Authority jetport. Local residents fought to preserve it and it became the nation’s first U.S. National Wildlife Refuge. The effort to save the swamp was an early “win” for the conservation movement.

Of Special Note:

  • The Great Swamp is not all swampland – it’s a mixture of marshes, meadows, dry woods and brush-covered swamps
  • The Visitors Center has environmental exhibits with 24 taxidermied animals and a replica bear den


Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 [email protected]