Public Showing: Saving the Great Swamp-Battle to Defeat the Jetport


Feb 7, 2018
06:30 PM until 07:30 PM


The Somerset County Environmental Education Center (EEC) invites the public to a showing of the documentary film “Saving the Great Swamp – Battle to Defeat the Jetport” on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. Karl Fenske, son of the late Helen Fenske, will be present to show his digitized collection of photographs from the period and share his insights into the events surrounding the battle to save the Great Swamp. The program takes place at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Light refreshments will be served. “Saving The Great Swamp:  Battle to Defeat the Jetport” is an in-depth look at the events, people, and politics behind the struggle to preserve a way of life in the communities located near the Great Swamp in Morris and Somerset counties between 1959 and 1968. The film features interviews with residents, historians, authors, and officials connected to the events, and includes such notables as Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, authors Cam Cavanaugh and Jameson Doig, conservationist David Moore, the Fenske family, and many others. The documentary also features high-end cinematography of the Great Swamp today, and many old photographs and archival materials that bring the story to life. The film was created by award-winning filmmaker Scott Morris and co-producer Larry Fast, vice-chair of the Morris County Heritage Commission and a charter member of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Board. They were inspired by the idea that the jetport struggle serves as a model for environmental action in the face of powerful forces. The showing is free with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. For information, contact the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489, ext. 5336. The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 450 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. A swamp vivarium, a science discovery room, and an environmentally based library are located within the Center itself. “The Great Swamp Experience” on the lower level at the EEC features interactive displays, vignettes, taxidermy, and archeological artifacts highlighting the history and ecology of the Great Swamp. The exhibit is open 7 days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Admission is free. Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at or by calling 908-722-1200.


$5.00 suggested


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190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ

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Somerset County Park Commission



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