The Friends of the Great Swamp
of southeastern New York State

Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS)

Founded in 1990, the Friends of the Great Swamp are volunteers and neighbors who have been working to preserve the Swamp. It has a Board of Directors that meets once a month throughout the year to discuss the issues of concern and to guide the activities of the organization.

The mission of the organization is to undertake activities to preserve, protect and promote the functions and integrity of the Great Swamp wetland and its upland watersheds in Putnam and Dutchess Counties, New York. The various committees within the group work together to collect and share information, promote education programs, encourage wise land-use decisions, and assist in watershed protection planning. This mission is pursued through:

  1. fostering scientific research
  2. working towards conservation land use planning with land owners and local governments
  3. supporting sustainable use of the Swamp and its watershed for recreation and other life enhancing values

The strength of FrOGS is the active, dedicated volunteers and citizen scientists who organize and run the activities and events, conduct the research, and speak on behalf of the Great Swamp.

FrOGS educational programs include programs for children and the very popular, annual canoe trips on the Great Swamp. These programs teach participants about nature and the importance of a clean environment, with an emphasis on the importance of the Great Swamp.

FrOGS works through building partnerships with other local and national organizations, both governmental and private, which pursue the same type of goals. We try to focus their activities on the Great Swamp. We have worked with the New York State DEC, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, the Towns of Patterson, Pawling, and Dover, New York City DEP, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Putnam County Land Trust, Oblong Land Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Open Space Institute, SUNY-Purchase College, Bedford Audubon Society, Audubon New York, Wildlife Conservation Society, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Trout Unlimited, the Highlands Coalition, Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, Pawling Fish and Game Association, and others.

Learn how YOU can become a friend of the Great Swamp through your donations and by volunteering your time. Members receive the FrOGS newsletter which provides information on the Swamp and the activities of the group.

scenes from the annual FrOGS-sponsored canoe trip on the Great Swamp