May – American Wetlands Month at the Abbott Marshlands.
May (and last two April) activities for your wetland enjoyment:
- Birds and Light Rail – Apr. 29
- Story time – May 5
- Paddle, discover the paddling app* – May 6
- Beaver walk – May 12
- Wetlands & Flowers: Bordentown Bluffs walk – May 20
- Art Exhibit – ongoing
Celebrate YOUR local wetlands**. Their significant benefits include:
- improving water quality by filtering pollutants and rainwater runoff
- helping recharge groundwater
- reducing flooding and storm damage, and
- providing critical habitat for plants and wildlife
Take action to protect and restore wetlands. Support and promote the Abbott Marshlands by informing your community and family members about the vital roles of wetlands. “Adopt” a part of the marsh wetland and learn the plants and animals found there. Pick up trash.
Note: program locations vary.
Apr. 29 (Sat). Bird Walk. 8 a.m. Washington Crossing Audubon. Leaders: Andrew Bobe, John Maret, Brad Merritt, . Meet at Spring Lake – Roebling Park, Hamilton, NJ. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., at traffic light turn onto Sewell Ave.; at the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down hill to parking lot.
Apr 29 (Sat) – 9:15 a.m. River Line Light Rail tour of the D&R Canal between Bordentown and Trenton. The route follows the canal from Crosswicks Creek to Trenton. See the abandoned canal, Watson’s Creek and the Abbott Marshlands. In Trenton, where Route 129 is on the former path of the canal, remnants of the industrial and commercial buildings that lined the canal can be seen and compared with early photos. In Trenton, riders may opt for a short guided walk or spend time in the Trenton Transit Center over a cup of coffee. Meet 9:15 a.m. at the River Line Bordentown station, 100 West Park St., before boarding the train to Trenton for this whirlwind tour. Round trip fares are $3.20 or $1.50 for seniors. Please bring exact change or credit card. Pre-registration strongly advised. Call 609-924-2683.
May 5 (Fri), 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.
May 6 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Abbott Marshlands (Burlington/Mercer Cos): 10am. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the undermanned Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Our tidal trip is 8 miles from Bordentown Beach to Watson Woods/Roebling Park and back. Sombreros are optional! Participants must have their own boats – rentals are not available. Bring lunch, snacks and beverage. After lunch we’ll tour the Tulpehaking Nature Center which is the main educational gateway to the Abbott Marshlands. Please contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (C)
May 12 (Fri). Beaver walk and Twilight Hike, 7:30-9:00 PM. $5/person or $20/family. Leader: Mercer County Naturalist. For kids, but all are invited. Under-age children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration required, please RSVP to 609-888-3218 or email@example.com. Join our Naturalist in this search for beavers and other wildlife that come out only at night. Bring a flashlight. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., at traffic light turn onto Sewell Ave.; at the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down hill to parking lot.
May. 20 (Sat.). Walk at the Bordentown Bluffs. 9:30 a.m. – noon. Guide: Mary Leck. Learn about wetlands; there are views of Crosswicks Creek and marshes and swamps of the Abbott Marshlands. Mountain Laurel will be in bloom. We’ll look for persimmon and American Chestnut. The Bluffs, part of D&R Canal State Park, were once owned by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother. Part of the trail is hilly. Meet at end of Stanton Ave., Bordentown Twp. (Take US-206 south of I-195; take 1st right after Pointe Breeze apartments. Look for Abbott Marshlands logo; street sign is missing). Contact/ info: 732-821-8310. Co-sponsors: D&R Canal State Park, Bordentown Township Environmental Commission, and Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.
ART EXHIBIT Ongoing until Oct. 29. At The Essence: Wildlife Reliefs. Artist Susan Hoenig. Sculptural paintings on fabric merge the essence of land and animal through vibrant color and distinct geometric form. . During center hours and by appointment: Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888-3218, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610.
*App – Abbott Marshlands Paddling Tour –free; it can be downloaded: TravelStory GPS available through the App Store and on Google Play.
** Local wetland types include: tidal freshwater marsh (this type can be seen, e.g., from the Watson Woods picnic area of Roebling Park); ponds (Spring Lake at Roebling Park; Northern Community Park); marsh / swamp (parts of Roebling Park, Northern Community Park); and tidal rivers (e.g., Crosswicks Creek from the Bordentown Bluffs; Delaware River from the Bordentown Beach or I-295 scenic overlook; Duck Creek from the D&R Canal Tow Path Trail).
Explore the Abbott Marshlands with a guide or walk or paddle the trails on your own!
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.