The Friends of the Great Swamp
of southeastern New York State

The Great Swamp Watershed

Map Courtesy The Nature Conservancy (21.5 MB PDF)

FrOGS News

Photo Competition

Dear Artist Friends...People have been saying to me, "I hear there isn't going to be a FrOGS Art Show this year!" We'd better set the record straight - we are not having the usual art show, but are going to do a JURIED Photo Competition this time. We have already been working on the themes and details, so you can begin to give this some thought. It will be part of the usual festival at Christ Church, including the children's art shows, family activities, and many of the things you are used to enjoying! The celebration will be Oct. 25 and 26. We'll keep you posted! Nancy Clark, Art Chairman

Paddle for The Great Swamp

On Saturday, May 17, Friends of The Great Swamp (FrOGS) sponsored the first annual Paddle for The Great Swamp. The 7-mile half-day paddled down the East Branch of the Croton River starting at the Patterson Environmental Park and ending at Green Chimneys in Brewster. Participants were met with food, music and festivities. FrOGS would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors and contributors of the event.

Recreation Requests

FrOGS receives many requests for information about using the Swamp for recreational activities. Please review our Recreation page for details.


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The Great Swamp --nestled in the Harlem Valley and covering over 6,000 acres in New York's eastern Putnam and Dutchess Counties--is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the state. It has been designated by the USDA Forest Service as a Highlands Conservation Focal Area and was cited by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in a 2009 report for its unique habitat, diverse wildlife, scenic value, and its critical function as an aquifer recharge area which protects and purifies the water supply for millions of New York residents as well as provides outstanding educational and recreational opportunities.

Friends of the Great Swamp ( FrOGS ) is an all-volunteer not-for-profit group of friends and neighbors dedicated to preserving and protecting this unique and valuable resource through research, education, and community action.

Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS)
P.O. Box 373
Pawling, NY 12564
(845) 855-1917
info@frogs-ny.org