About Us

Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1997, The Great Swamp Conservancy (GSC) was initially founded to function as a bridge between government conservation initiatives and local landowners. One such initiative, the Wetland Reserve Program, is overseen by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the US Department of Agriculture. This program is a government effort to encourage preservation of our nation’s current wetlands and to support the restoration of suitable former wetlands by amending private lands into conservation easements. The lands owned by the GSC have been enrolled in this program and the GSC works to maintain the quality and function of the natural environment for the conservation of all forms of life. Educating landowners and encouraging local participation in conservation programs has resulted in the return of migratory waterfowl to the area as both passing visitors and very welcome summer residents.  The GSC continues to manage their property and actively works with the WRP.

Through the years, the organization has grown, with environmental education becoming an equally important part of its mission. The Great Swamp Conservancy hosts a variety of school groups during the school year and summer months, teaching children about the importance of wetlands, wildlife, and natural resource conservation. Programs are geared toward helping children to develop a sense of community with and value for the natural environment. A traditional favorite is the “Swamp Tromp”, a guided tour of the Great Swamp’s nature trails and boardwalk. Programs can be tailored to any age group and facilities are ADA accessible. For high school, undergraduate and graduate students, the Conservancy also offers internship opportunities in wide variety of fields.

In addition to children’s educational programs, The Great Swamp Conservancy holds numerous events open to the public, showcasing nature in all four seasons. Members look forward to the annual Spring and Fall migration festivals, where artisans and vendors from around Central New York come to showcase their wares and celebrate the arrival and departure of our migrant feathered friends. Check the events page often for updates, or stop by the visitor center for a chat and to pick up a free event calendar. Past events include guided walks led by university professors, sketching classes with local artists, and presentations by regional wildlife experts.

There is something for everyone at the Great Swamp, and we welcome you to visit for the day, join us at events, or even become a member!

Upcoming Events

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Category: GeneralCommunity Garage Sale


Category: GeneralCommunity Garage Sale

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Garage sale donations are needed for the GSC annual sale. If you have some items that you will not use anymore lets repurpose them at our fundraiser July 10 & 11. Just drop off in front of Museum on the right. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Jr. Birders have planted a native plant garden for birds on the north side of the nature center building (the farmhouse). The children drew a plan of what was planted and where, helped dig holes for the plants, planted, and watered. Each plant will be labeled so the public can view and use as a reference. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Federal Duck Stamp Exhibit with be on display starting July 25th with other wildlife artists that came in 2nd, 3rd place along with the 1st place winner Jennifer Miller. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Hope to see you there. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark Your Calendars! for more information about this event visit www.greatswampconservancy.org ... See MoreSee Less

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The Cayuga Ducks that arrived in March (and were so cute for Easter) are now full grown and have a new pen behind the museum/community building. Because it is "Year of the Duck" at the GSC, stop by and visit with the little quackers!!! Purchase a rubber duck for raffle drawing July 26th-big prize money! Help the GSC hatch the best fundraiser ever!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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