- Art Exhibit – on going
- Story Times – July 7, Aug 4
- Walk – June 3
- Paddle – June 4
- Fishing – June 10
- Create Art Sculpture – July 15
- Trash pick up thank you
- Forest bathing and links with nature (book recommendation)
- Apps: Water and upland trails – available We will begin planning next year’s programs in late July, please send your suggestions or favorites to repeat to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: program locations vary.
At The Essence: Wildlife Reliefs. Art exhibit ongoing until Oct 29. Susan Hoenig, sculptural paintings of animals on fabric. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888-3218, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610.
First Friday – Story Times
Friday June 2, July 7, Aug 4, 10:30 a.m. First Friday Storytime. Free, donations welcome. Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888-3218, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610.
June 3 (Sat.). National Trails Day. Explore an Abbott Marshlands trail this weekend. Trail maps for Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, Bordentown Bluffs, and the D&R Canal State Park Towpath Trail on Duck Is. can be found on the NJ Trails website. Mountain Laurel is in bloom (June 1) along the Bluffs and Northern Community Park trails
Jun 4 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Abbott Marshlands (Burlington/Mercer Cos). 10:00am. Our trip with the tide begins on the Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown. We paddle to Roebling Park where we’ll have lunch and walk the trails before returning to Bordentown. Bring lunch and beverage. Meet at Bordentown Beach, end of Park St. Participants must have their own boats, rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (C)
June 10 (Sat.). Fishing Day at the Marsh, 10 a.m.-noon. Spring Lake, Roebling Park. Free. Adults and kids alike can fish for free on this special day – no state fishing license required. We’ll have expert fisherman on hand to help you hone your technique and a challenge course for kids to practice their casting accuracy. A small number of fishing poles will be available to borrow on a first-come, first served basis. Arrive early! Take S. Broad St. to Sewell Ave.; turn onto to Sewell Ave.; drive to the end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot. For information: 609-888-3218.
Create Art Sculpture
July 15 (Sat) 2-4 p.m. Birds in Art Workshop. $5/person or $20/family. Create your own fantasy bird sculpture to soar around the room while learning about resident and migratory birds of New Jersey. In this family art workshop, artist Susan Hoenig will guide parents and kids in the use of a variety of mixed media (including paint, oil pastels, and collaged materials) to create their very own fantastic feathered 3D creations. Registration required: 609-888-3218. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610. This is a coordinating program with At The Essence: Wildlife Reliefs. Art Exhibit, paintings by Susan Hoenig, on view at the nature center.
Other summer programs TBA.
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Thanks to all participants in trash pickup:
On behalf of the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, a sincere thank you to the many volunteers who helped with very successful trash pickups in November and in March. These were coordinated by Katie Harrison, AmeriCorps Ambassador – Watershed Area 20. While the focus area was Roebling Park, some helped at the Trenton Boat Launch on Lamberton Road. Volunteers included students (Rider University, TCNJ, and Bordentown and Burlington High Schools), girl scouts, folks for whom it was their first trash pickup at the marsh and others who’ve been at every pick up since they were first organized by D&R Greenway Land Trust in 1997. Home Depot and Clean up America provided bags. Thanks, too, to those who pick up trash every day they visit. A shout out to all!
In March, more than 130 bags of trash, and tires, sets of keys(!), and sundries were removed. There is still more, especially along the roads and Delaware shoreline on Duck Is. Where does all the stuff come from? Why are trash pickups organized twice a year, every year? Some of the trash surely is litter, such as the soda can or coffee cup dropped along a trail or thrown from a car along roads. Along Lamberton Road, were mattresses and construction debris, deliberately dumped. However, much of the plastic that enters the marsh comes from the storm drains that empty into it or into the Delaware River, washed there by the rain following windy recycling days.
Thanks too to the paddlers who picked up floating debris along Watson’s Creek in April. This pickup was coordinated by Leona and George Fluck for the Sierra Club and yielded a huge mound of stuff.
Mercer County Parks, the City of Trenton, D&R Canal State Park, NJ DOT, and Hamilton Township personnel removed the trash.
The plastics we collect, at least, don’t make to the ocean, where gyres of plastic interfere with ocean life. I do appreciate the irony of using plastic trash bags to collect plastic! We need an alternative. (For the scope of the problem see:
What can you do? Eliminate use of plastic and Styrofoam as much as possible – don’t use plastic bags and reuse drink bottles; secure plastics on recycling day so they don’t blow into a gutter; if you’re on Duck Is, report anyone you see dumping to the police (do not confront anyone yourself).
The Abbott Marshlands have more than 11 miles of walking and paddling trails for you to enjoy. Please join our volunteers in helping protect this wonderful natural and cultural resource.
Mary Allessio Leck
Friends for the Abbott Marshlands
(prepared as a Letter to the Editor, but not published)
Florence Williams recently spoke at D&R Greenway Land Trust about her book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (2017, W.W. Norton Co.). Highly recommended for your summer reading. Learn about the Japanese past time of Forest Bathing* –shinrin yoku; find quotes, e.g., by Edward Abbey – ‘May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view’; and much interesting information about the benefits of being outdoors. (*I neglected to ask about bathing attire!) ML
*App – Abbott Marshlands Paddling Tour –free; it can be downloaded: TravelStory GPS available through the App Store and on Google Play.
Explore the Abbott Marshlands with a guide or walk or paddle the trails on your own! If you are an inexperienced paddler, not familiar with tidal rivers, you are strongly encouraged to learn with an experienced guide.
Walking trail maps are available for Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, the Bordentown Bluffs, and the D&R Canal State Park Tow Path Trail, see njtrails.org.
To learn about the Abbott Marshlands see: www.abbottmarshlands.org.
Tupehaking Nature Center – 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ:
Center hours: Fridays & Saturdays – 10 AM-4 PM, Sundays – noon – 4 PM;
other times for programs and by appointment.
Manager and naturalist –Kelly Rypkema – 609-888-3218.
Spring Schedule is available; click on the pot at the right.