Some news, and then programs:
We are pleased to announce that Arian Elroy Rodriquez, a senior at Trenton Central High School, is the 2018 recipient of the Abbott Marshlands Wetlands Award. His project, ‘Assunpink Creek Water Quality’, was carried out in the nearby Assunpink watershed. The Assunpink flows into the Delaware River in Trenton, a short distance north of the Abbott Marshlands. This was presented by Kelly Rypkema at the Mercer County Science and Engineering Fair at Rider University on March 13. (Click here).
>The trash pick up on Mar 24 was a great success. Some details at the bottom.
>Note: 1st Saturday walks over the year will provide opportunities to discover all Abbott Marshlands trails. Are you hesitant about walking trails on your own? Come meet others who would enjoy having a walking partner! For schedule, click here.
>Announcement of 9th Voices for the Abbott Marshlands Photography Show. See bottom.
TNC. First Friday Story Time. Fridays – April 6. 10:30 a.m. 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! FREE. Donations welcome. Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ.
April 7 (Sat.), 1st Sat. series, Walking in Nature, Wellness Walk. Spring Lake, Roebling Park. 10 a.m. – noon. Meet at Spring Lake. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., turn onto Sewell, drive to end, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot. Trail is flat. Guide: Kelly Rypkema
April 14/ 15 – History Weekend – 2018 (for pdf file, click here)
Saturday April 14
Apr. 14 (Sat.). Canal Walk with Robert Barth, D&R Canal Watch, 10 a.m. – noon. Meet at Light Rail parking lot, 100 W. Park St., Bordentown, NJ. 08505. We will walk through Bordentown, admiring the architecture, cross Crosswicks Creek, and then explore Lock 1 and the Canal towpath. No registration needed. Free of charge.
Apr. 14 (Sat.) Bordentown Historical Museum, exhibit: Point Breeze and the Natural World. noon– 4 p.m, 302 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ 08505. Exhibit of Joseph Bonaparte furnishings from Point Breeze, his home in Bordentown, and artifacts from his nephew and son-in-law Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a distinguished naturalist. Free, donations appreciated.
Apr. 14 (Sat). “Discover the American Shad” with Susan Plaisted. 1– 3 p.m. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08610. It’s spring! How do you know? The shadbush is in bloom and the shad are journeying up the Delaware River in large numbers. In this family-friendly program, learn about the important role this fish served for both the Lenape and Colonists, and try your hand at making cordage for nets, fish scaling and other skills of the historic fishermen. $5/person or $20/family. Registration required to email@example.com or call 609-888-3218.
Sunday April 15
Apr. 15 (Sun). History Walk with Dr. Richard Veit at Divine Word, 1– 3 p.m. Meet at Parking lot at 101 Park St., Bordentown, NJ. 08505. Walk the grounds of Divine Word, former site of Point Breeze, home of Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Dr. Veit, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University, has led archeological explorations of the site and will share details of the area. Before the walk, Dr. Charles Leck will talk briefly about the scientific contributions of Charles Lucien Bonaparte, often called the father of American ornithology, who was nephew and son-in-law of Joseph Bonaparte. No registration needed. Free.
Apr. 15 (Sun). Watson House tours, 1–4 p.m., 151 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08610. View this historic house with Daughters of the American Revolution guides. Built in 1708, Watson House is the oldest house in Mercer County. Group tours run for 30 minutes. No registration needed. Free.
Apr. 15 (Sun). Bordentown Historical Museum, 3– 4 p.m., 302 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ 08505. Exhibit of Joseph Bonaparte furnishings from Point Breeze, his home in Bordentown, and artifacts from his nephew and son-in-law Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a distinguished naturalist. Free, donations appreciated.
April 28 (Sat.), Spring bird walk. 8 – 11 a.m. Washington Crossing Audubon. Leaders Brad Merritt, John Maret & Andrew Bobe. 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. Contact/ information: Brad Merritt – 609-921-8964.
April 29 (Sun.), Health Walk at the Abbott Marshlands. 1:30-3 p.m. Meet at the Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. FREE Spring into health this April by getting outside to enjoy a casual walk along the trails of the Abbott Marshlands. Provided as part of the NJ Dept. of Health’s Minority and Multicultural Health Month. All are welcome to participate. Co-sponsors: New Covenant United Methodist Church, Tulpehaking Nature Center, and Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Leader: Charlie Fisher. Contact/ information: 609 888 3218.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT – Calling all photographers. Open to all.
The 9th Voices for the Abbott Marshland Photography Show call for entries will be available in June. The show will open in March 2019. The timing of this announcement is to encourage photographers to explore the trails during all seasons. 1st Saturday walks and other programs provide opportunities to explore marsh trails in this >3000 acre naturally and culturally important wetland area. For information about the marshlands, a schedule, and call for entries when available, see www.abbottmarshlands.org. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trash pickup. A shout out to all who helped and to Julia Galaya, AmeriCorps Volunteer who coordinated the greatly successful pickup on Mar 24 at Roebling Park. Sincere thanks to all. There were 45 participants who removed 66 bags of trash as well as 18 tires, a bicycle, a shopping cart, and a tire rim. This prevented 13 pounds of phosphorus from entering the environment.
Refreshments: provided by Bagels n Cream, Dunkin Donuts, and Staples
Cosponsors: AmeriCorps, Mercer County Parks, Sierra Club, Washington Crossing Audubon, and Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.
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*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.
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.